OUSL Activities in 2008

Sunday, 12th October 2008 - Concert by Intermedii

On 12th October, on a clear warm afternoon, Luxembourg urbanites visited two country churches and heard an exquisite concert by the Intermedii choir. At the church of Saint Martin at Junglinster, our polymath member, M. Jean-Claude Muller, explained some subtle features of Luxembourg rococo and discussed the attribution of the design of the fine, large, ornate C18 church, which was in the gift of the lords of Bourglinster. He touched on the iconography of the ceiling paintings by Millen. We then moved to the nearby church of St Nicholas at Rodenbourg, a simple and lavishly restored village church, formally in the gift of the former monastery of Munster, in Luxembourg city. In this intimate setting, the choir enchanted the audience with sacred and profane songs, some familiar and some both rare and complex. Members of the association and guests then adjourned to a nearby hostelry for a convivial dinner.
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Thursday 29th May 2008 - Annual General Meeting and Dinner

The association met for the AGM and annual dinner at the Cercle Munster, following recent tradition. H.E. the British ambassador Peter Bateman spoke brilliantly about the country of Bolivia, where he had served as British ambassador. He gave us insight into the personality of Evo Morales, the indigenous President of the country, painted a sympathetic view of Morales' struggle to improve the conditions of the poor and of his struggle to bring about greater equity between the various regions and to reduce the income and wealth gap between those with and those without property. He described the state of tension in cities such as La Paz and the historical roots of the conflict.
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Saturday, 26th April 2008 - Birdwatching and Private Garden Visit

The visit to the Syrdall Bird Observatory, led by Dr Gérard Schockmel, was blessed by good weather. A goodly band of the curious, comprising members of our association and friends, enjoyed lucid scientific instruction under a balmy sky. After lunch at the Restaurant Simmer on the banks of the Moselle, the group visited the garden of Mr Charles Roovers and his partner in Schwebsange. It possesses rare and exotic plants, which flourish in the mild climate under the care lavished on them.
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