After lessons yesterday, students took off to London to visit important sites for their chosen academic courses. Those studying Introduction to Architecture were treated to the Tate Modern, which, apart from playing host to some of the most inventive and thought-provoking international and modern art around, is an architectural spectacle in itself ―the Turbine Hall is a vast, industrial-style space that has over the course of its life housed a monumental steel spider, a sea of sunflower seeds, and five huge, winding slides; the Switch House was designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, with a sloping brick latticework façade standing ten storeys high.
Medicine students made two stops: at the Centre of the Cell, an interactive science education centre run by the University of London, and at the oldest surviving operating theatre in Europe ―here they learned about the many horrors of medicine before the scientific revolution, and crucially, before anaesthetic! Particularly memorable were the instruments on display from the days of cupping, bleeding, and trepanning.
Clearly, spectacle was the order of the day, with ORA’s Got Talent rounding off proceedings. The diverse range of acts included a mathematical performance, complete with an exhibition of tennis skills, rapping, and quite a bit of Ed Sheeran. Marie was declared the winner for her soulful rendition of Adele’s ‘Make you feel my love’.