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Dunkeld Cathedral

Dunkeld Cathedral is a Church of Scotland place of worship which stands on the north bank of the River Tay in Dunkeld and Kinross, Scotland. Built in square-stone style of predominantly grey sandstone, the cathedral proper was begun in 1260 and completed in 1501, it stands on the site of the former Culdee Monastery of Dunkeld, stones from which can be seen as an irregular reddish streak in the eastern gable. It is not formally a'cathedral', as the Church of Scotland nowadays has neither cathedrals nor bishops, but it is one of a number of similar former cathedrals which has continued to carry the name; because of the long construction period, the cathedral shows mixed architecture. Gothic and Norman elements are intermingled throughout the structure. Although in ruins, the cathedral is in regular use today and is open to the public. Relics of Saint Columba, including his bones, were said to have been kept at Dunkeld until the Reformation, at which time they were removed to Ireland; some believe.

The original monastery at Dunkeld dated from the sixth or early seventh century, founded after an expedition of Saint Columba to the Land of Alba. It was at first a simple collection of wattle huts. During the ninth century Causantín mac Fergusa constructed a more substantial cathedral of reddish sandstone and declared Dunkeld to hold the Primacy of the faith in Alba. For reasons not understood, the Celtic bell believed to have been used at the monastery is not preserved in the cathedral. Instead, it was used in the Little Dunkeld Church, the parish church of the district of Minor or Lesser Dunkeld; this was because the canons regarded Culdeeism as heresy, refused relics or saints of that discipline, although this is no more than folk story. In the 17th century, the Bishopric of Dunkeld became an appendage of the Crown and subsequently descended to the Earls of Fife. Dunkeld Cathedral is today a Crown property, through Historic Environment Scotland, a scheduled monument. In 1689 the Battle of Dunkeld was fought around the cathedral between the Jacobite Highlanders loyal to James II and VII and a government force supporting William of Orange, with the latter winning the day.

Dunkeld Cathedral is still used as the town's Church of Scotland parish church, with services every Sunday The current minister is the Reverend R. Fraser Penny; the small Chapter House Museum offers a collection of relics from monastic and medieval times, local history exhibits. Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan, known as "the Wolf of Badenoch", was buried in the cathedral following his death in 1405, where his tomb, surmounted by his armoured effigy, can still be seen. Other noteworthy burials include: John Scotus, Geoffrey de Liberatione, Bishop of Dunkeld Richard de Inverkeithing, a chamberlain of King Alexander II of Scotland and Bishop of Dunkeld William Sinclair, Bishop of Dunkeld Michael de Monymusk, Bishop of Dunkeld John Stewart, 1st Earl of Atholl, Robert Cockburn, Bishop of Dunkeld Charles Edward Stuart, Count Roehenstart Crínán of Dunkeld Bishop of Dunkeld List of Church of Scotland parishes The Hermitage List of cathedrals in Scotland Dunkeld Cathedral 1894 Floor Plan Engraving of Dunkeld Cathedral in 1693 by John Slezer at National Library of Scotland

University College Boat Club (Oxford)

University College Boat Club is the rowing club for all members of University College, Oxford. UCBC has had a recent run of successes, notably in the Women's divisions with the Women's 1st VIII winning Blades in Summer Eights 2015 to leave them fourth on the river, the 2nd VIII winning Blades in Summer Eights 2014 and again in Summer Eights 2018; the men's side is highly successful and is eighth on the river in Summer Eights, with three crews in fixed divisions. The idea of inter collegiate racing was pioneered by Brasenose College Boat Club and Jesus College Boat Club in 1815. In 1827, it was decided to form a University College eight; the origins of UCBC can be attributed to one student, William Roper, who supervised the raising of £100 to build a boat and select a crew. Whilst the crew did not compete in 1829 or 1832-8 it has done so continuously until the present day, first going Head of the River in 1841. By the mid-1850s the Boat Club was enjoying a centrality to college life; the mid nineteenth century was a period of great success for UCBC being Head of the River in 1869–71, 1874–5 and 1877–8.

One undergraduate Charles Cree recorded the celebrations in 1871: "Univ. Head in the Eights. Univ, though Balliol came near them were never in danger... The Eight supped with Snell and the rest of us joined them after supper, had a glorious evening. Singing and shouting as well as our voices would let us — Everything went off well no one being drunk." Univ won the headship in 1914, the college now being in possession of an original commemorative blade from that time. Sadly, many of that crew did not live to see the end of the Great War. Stephen Hawking was a member of the club in the 1960s, coxing the Men's Second VIII; the club features on the front cover of My Brief History. Univ was last Eights Head of the River from 1990 to 1991. In Summer Eights, the Men's 1st VIII has climbed over the past decade from the middle of Division II; as of 2018, the 1st Eight is eighth on the river. The Women's 1st Eight meanwhile, achieved Blades in 2010, 2011 and 2015 and are now fifth in Division 1; the club is highly successful lower-down the divisions, qualifying more boats for Eights 2012 and 2014 than any other college.

The club's recent record in Torpids is less successful, with the Men's 1st Torpid towards the bottom of Division II. The Women's 1st Torpid has been stronger achieving Blades in 2010 and 2011, moving up four places in 2015; as of 2018 they are eighth on the river in Division 1. Novice training is strong, with large numbers of boats entered every year for Nepthys Regatta and Christ Church Regatta. Indeed, the former was won in 2012 by the Men's Novice A crew. Additionally, UCBC has been successful in external regattas and races, for example, in 2014 Univ Women won Novice Eights at Bedford Regatta, 56th place in Women's Head of the River and 4th place in the Intermediate Academic Coxed Fours at Henley Women's Regatta. UCBC's boathouse has become an iconic and recognisable architectural statement in and around Oxford and is shared with the boat clubs of Somerville College, St Peter's College and Wolfson College; the original 19th century boathouse, designed by John Oldrid Scott, succumbed to arson in 1999.

After eight years, a new boathouse was designed by Belsize Architects. The Boathouse has been awarded a Royal Institute of British Architects prize; the £2.7million structure has enjoyed a favourable reception in the architectural world. Yuli Toh's article describes the structure as not just a boathouse, but "a grandstand of the first order" arguing that it represents a new age in rowing; the Boathouse was subject of a recent article in the Row360 rowing magazineSaturday of Eights’ Week 2007 saw the opening of the new boathouse by Colin Moynihan who coxed the College and the University, won a silver medal at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, gained a boxing Blue became Minister of Sport, is now Chairman of the British Olympic Association. The ceremony marked the dedication of the Coleman Viewing Terrace by Jimmy Coleman and Jamie Coleman. UCBC benefits from having one of the most modern fleets on the Isis; the men's side of the boat club uses the following shells: The women's side of the Boat Club uses the following shells: The boathouse gym is equipped with 8 Model D Concept2 indoor rowers, stretching/exercise mats and balls, a full weights suite, along with changing rooms for crews.

Colin Moynihan, Olympic Silver Medallist Moscow 1980 Olympics and Chairman of the British Olympic Committee. Acer Nethercott, Olympic Silver Medallist, Cox GB 8+, Beijing 2008 Olympics. Mark Evans and J. Michael Evans Olympic Gold Medallists, Canadian 8+, Los Angeles 1984 Olympics. Tom Solesbury, GB pair, Beijing 2008 Olympics, GB Quad, London 2012 Olympics. Stephen Hawking, physicist. Coxed whilst studying at Univ, prior to his debilitating illness. Roz Savage, ocean rower and campaigner. First woman to row solo across three oceans. UCBC organises several social events per term, ranging from crew dates and pub crawls through to formal dinners, held to celebrate both Torpids and Eights. Univ members who have rowed or coxed at least two days of Summer Eights as part of the Men's 1st VIII are entitled to become a member of the Dinosaurs society. Members who have rowed or coxed at least two days of Summer Eights as part of the Women's 1st VIII are entitled to become a member of the Cassandrians society.

An annual Dinosaurs and Cassandrians dinner is held where many Old Members return to the college to celebrate Univ rowing with current members. A related club is the Univ Dinosaurs and Cassandrians Ironman Tria

Sue Vertue

Susan Nicola Vertue is an English television producer of comedy shows, including Mr. Bean and Coupling, she is the daughter of producer Beryl Vertue. Vertue worked for Tiger Aspect, a production company run by Peter Bennett-Jones, where Jones produced episodes of Mr. Bean, The Vicar of Dibley and Gimme Gimme Gimme. Vertue met writer Steven Moffat at the Edinburgh Television Festival in 1996. A relationship blossomed and they left their respective production companies to join Hartswood Films, run by Beryl Vertue, Sue's mother; when Vertue asked Moffat to write a sitcom for Hartswood, he decided to base it around the evolution of their own relationship. The series became Coupling, first broadcast on BBC2 in 2000; the main two characters in the show were named Steve and Susan, played by Jack Davenport and Sarah Alexander. In 1999 Vertue produced Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death, a two-episode special of Doctor Who, written by Steven Moffat, for the Red Nose Day charity telethon, her other work includes Carrie and Barry, Fear, Stress & Anger, The Cup and Sherlock.

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