The annual black tie dinner, together with the Cambridge and LSE alumni associations, will take place on 30th September at Château Bourglinster. We invited Dr Hubertus von Morr, the former German Ambassador to Luxembourg, and Secretary General of the International Club La Redoute in Bonn. He will speak on the German political scene, and comment on the elections that take place on 26th September. The British Ambassador and a senior Luxembourg government minister have also agreed to attend.
Places will cost around €100-110 per person to be confirmed. Transport will be arranged to and from the Chateau.
If you would like to attend please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating whether you would be accompanied by one guest and whether you would be interested in using the bus service. Please note that spaces will be limited depending on the Covid regulations in place at the time. Currently, applicants may need to be placed on a reserve list.
On Saturday July 3rd we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the Schuman farm sipping pimm’s while catching up after a long time not seeing each other face-to-face. After a lengthy picnic – barbecue we decided to have crocquet game on the lawn, rather than the traditional cricket, among others due to the lack of cricketers. The crocquet game was a huge success, and we ended up playing with three teams simultaneously, each consisting of a changing number of members, the youngest being 3 years old. We discovered crocquet to be a game of skill, strategy and teamwork. The three teams battled for at least two hours, passing their balls through the hoops until finally, Gérard Schockmel scored the winning shot by placing his team’s final ball against the peg. We thank Adrian for his hospitality, Fanny for her professional Croquet Set, and the organisers for the pimm’s and other drinks.
On April 7th, during the last days of confinement, our member Jos van Bommel gave an online seminar on the different approaches of investing in stocks, with an emphasis on Value Investing, a time-tested approach practiced by successful investors such as Warren Buffett. From our homes, we had an interactive evening, with plenty of discussion
After two Covid postponements, last October 14 we finally had the opportunity to host the dinner talk with guest speaker Professor Dr. Hardy Bouillon, former student of Jesus College and currently Extracurricular Professor of Philosophy at Trier University.
Prof. Dr. Bouillon enlightened us on the Austrian School of Economics, which in the early 20th century laid the foundations of Economic Thinking. We learned about the different subschools, of von Mises and Hayek, and the philosophical nature of work and their disciples.
The dinner talk led to lively debates at the different tables, easily overcoming the (Covid-) regulatory safe distancing of approximately OUSL 30 members and guests, which included the ambassador of Germany, and the consul of Austria.
On 28th September in association with the British Luxembourg Society, the Cambridge and LSE Alumni societies in Luxembourg, we arranged a lecture at the British Ambassador’s Residence by Prof Catherine Léglu Vice-Rector of the University of Luxembourg about the University and its future plans. A film of the lecture can be found on the BLS website in the newsletter archive on the web-address https://b-l-s.lu/membership/members-resources#newsletter-archive
On 15 September we had our annual fresher’s dinner, where we invite Luxembourg-based starting Oxford students for an introduction to our Society and to each other. In the refugee run restaurant “Chiche” freshers, practice interviewers, current students, and committee members enjoyed a wonderful evening over a Syrian Mezze meal.
This year’s fresher’s will start different degrees (Ba, MSt, MSc, MPhil) in different studies (Mathematics, Creative Writing, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, and European Politics and Society), at different colleges (Brasenose, Keble, St. Cross, and St. Anthony’s).
We wish them every success with their studies and hope to see them at our invents in Luxembourg, after graduation.