Lecturers in Physics got into the Christmas spirit earlier this week, with several appearing in Santa costumes to raise money for the Wilkins Memorial Trust. The trust was set up in memory of the Wilkins family who died in the 1992 Kathmandu plane crash. The primary aims of the Trust are to help in rural community development, conservation projects, disability projects, income generation projects and education projects in Nepal. Collections for the charity raised £235.09.
The Union's awning has survived high winds and rain (by being folded away), but succumbed to a far more rigorous test - a drunk student jumping around on it. The £12.5k awning, which has been folded away on most wet & windy evenings when this reporter has been in the Union, was being supported by scaffolding on Tuesday evening after somebody felt the urge to climb on it. Repairs have now been completed.
TfL Christmas Presents?
TfL has a few good treats in store for the new year, coinciding with London Mayor Ken Livingstone's attempt to be re-elected. Single fares across TfL-operated transport modes are being frozen, while Travelcards will rise in line with inflation. The Oyster bus fare decrease to 90p which came into effect in September will also remain, thanks to London's oil deal with Venezuela.
TfL is also upgrading the Oyster system to allow for railcard discounts. Holders of a Young Person's Railcard will be able to have their Oystercard flagged with a discount code, giving a reduced price on Oyster Prepay Capping - off-peak journeys in zones 1 and 2 will be capped at £3.10 rather £4.80. At present the only way to get 1/3 off a one-day Travelcard with a Young Person's Railcard is to buy a paper ticket from a ticket office or rail ticket machine. Other changes include the renumbering of zones A, B, C and D to zones 7-9 and an increase in the number of routes where Oyster pre-pay is available.