The Principal of Hertford College, Will Hutton, will cycle from Oxford’s Bridge of Sighs to Venice’s Bridge of Sighs next July, to mark one hundred years since his college’s building of the famous Oxford landmark.Hutton sent out an email to Hertford students asking for their help in the attempt to carry out the challenge, set to take place over two weeks next July.In the email, Hutton said, “Over the next twelve months we celebrate the centenary of our iconic bridge and in thinking about ways to celebrate, the idea of a sponsored cycle ride from the Hertford bridge to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice was mooted.“This idea has increasingly caught my imagination, and over the last few days I have decided to do it – providing we can make it work. Believe me, at about a thousand miles over a fortnight next July this will be probably the most physically challenging thing I have ever done – and just the preparation is a daunting prospect.”Although Hutton intends to hire a professional company to help with the organisation of the trip, he is also keen for Hertford students to become actively involved. As his email explained, “I am looking for a group of individuals who can share my enthusiasm for this idea and help get it off the ground.“No, you don’t have to commit to ride with me, although you will be most welcome – my aspiration is to tap into the wider Hertford community rather than have the whole project driven by an outside contractor.”About half a dozen students will be asked to help Hutton in four areas – route planning, technical support, accommodation and transport. He says that he already has two possible routes planned.Hutton will formally announce the idea in September, when the centenary of the Bridge of Sighs will be celebrated by Hertford College with a series of lectures on the Bridge’s history, the screening of a short documentary about it, and a drinks reception and party.Hertford’s Bridge of Sighs was designed and built in 1913 and now connects the two main college buildings, spanning New College Lane. It was first opened in January 1914. The Bridge of Sighs in Venice, or the Ponte dei Sospiri, was built in 1602 and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.The distance between them is 757 miles, just under the length of the famous John O’Groats to Land’s End ride in the UK, at about 840 miles.
Edward Albee(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) View Comments Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning playwright Edward Albee died at his home in Montauk on September 16 at the age of 88, according to his longtime personal assistant, Jakob Holder. He passed away peacefully following a short illness.Albee wrote more than 30 plays, including Zoo Story, The Death of Bessie Smith, The Sandbox, Fam and Yam, The American Dream, The Ballad of the Sad Café, Tiny Alice, Box and Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, All Over, Listening, Counting the Ways, The Three Arms, Finding the Sun, Marriage Play, Fragments, The Play About the Baby, Occupant, At Home at the Zoo and Me, Myself and I.His play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, which was a titanic achievement that went on to become an iconic film, won a Tony Award as did his later work The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Meanwhile, A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women were all awarded Pulitzer Prizes. He was a member of the Dramatist Guild Council and president of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. He was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1980 and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005, he was awarded a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.Several years ago, before undergoing extensive surgery, Albee penned the following note to be issued at the time of his death: “To all of you who have made my being alive so wonderful, so exciting and so full, my thanks and all my love.”
Indiana Homemakers Week is Oct. 14 to 19 and this year the state organization is celebrating 100 years. In observance of the anniversary, members of a local county organization will host a presentation on Thursday.A seminar called “Who gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate” will be presented by the Ripley County Extension Homemakers. Doug Wilson, who is a lawyer in Batesville, will be presenting general information about the legal aspects of wills, living wills, trusts, revocable trust and some aspects of estate planning and any new laws regarding estates and property.It is free and open to the public for anyone interested in attending. It is for all ages, as it is never too early to plan. General information will be given that anyone can use, even if an individual already has a plan in place.“Sometimes your circumstances change or new family issues have come about that need to be addressed,” said Ripley County Extension President Theresa Holbert.“It is not only about the pie plate, but the wide screen TV, the family farm, the kids and the pets or anything else that you don’t want the government to have a part in saying who gets what,” she added.The seminar will be held at the Sherman House in Batesville on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:45 p.m.Holbert noted, “We encourage your friends to come also. We do ask that you call and let us you know if you plan to attend so we have material and seating available.”Contact the Ripley County Extension Office at (812) 689- 6511 or Theresa Holbert at (812) 934- 2276. It is recommended to have reservations due in by Wednesday, Oct. 16.The Sherman House will offer a special of an Italian Chicken Pasta with a bread stick and side salad for $8.95. Other choices will be available.The Ripley County Extension Homemaker Organization has been in existence since 1928.