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Bob Dylan, I can take him or leave him. Sorry, but it's true. Oh I get that Bob is a big deal. You can bang on all you like about how he's a peerless songwriter and poet and maverick who changed popular culture for ever, and I will nod sagely in agreement.

Bryson's America: Why Americans have a love affair with drugs

DO YOU know what I really miss now that I live in America? I miss coming in from the pub about midnight in a blurry frame of mind and watching Open University on TV. Honestly.

Open Eye: We are sailing... again

The Open University Sailing Club (OUSC) is being re-floated. The re-launch started with the purchase of a new Laser. This will be followed by a refit, including new sails, of the club's Miracle (two/three people). For at least the duration of the refit a Seafly (up to four people) and two sailboards will be loaned to the club.

Open Eye: Time to speak up for summer schools

Despite anything that has appeared in the popular prints, the OU has no plans to phase out residential schools. They are and will continue to be a major part of the Open University experience for many students. Each year some new courses opt for residential schools, and others decide to concentrate on other approaches - as in the case of the new introductory social science course, DD100

Open Eye: Opening up - Gill strikes a new note

Gill Tucker started a challenging new job this month as Pro Vice- Chancellor at the University of East London. The appointment makes her the university's senior academic - and, appropriately for an OU Grad, her responsibilities include access and lifelong learning.

Science: The volcano vulture

IT WAS love at first sight when Dr Hazel Rymer set eyes on the object of her affection. She had carried a heavy back-pack as she climbed up the steep path which took her to the top of a mountain in Central America. Hot and tired, she eventually reached the summit. She peered over the edge and was suddenly face to face with a bubbling cauldron of molten rock.

History: Wanted: film clips of ancient Rome

What do history programmes do when there is no archive film? They behave like fifth-formers; History Hunters C4 The Romans in Britain BBC2

Open Eye: OU Advances New US Link

A tie-up between Western Governors University in the United States, and the Open University sister organisation, OU-US, will create an unprecedented new distance learning initiative for students in the US.

Open Eye: An island of war-like savages, shrouded in perpetual gloom

All programmes are shown on Fridays at 7.30 pm on BBC2.

Open Eye: V-C first to have OU on a plate

Vice-Chancellor Sir John Daniel was one of the first proud owners of a customised OU number plate.

Open Eye: Keeping true to the vision of the OU

Recently I was privileged to give the Jean Posthuma memorial lecture. Jean Posthuma was a well-known figure in the OU community. I first met her when I arrived at the OU in 1990 at a post-exams partyheld in London before Christmas.

Open Eye: World's largest IT course wins the industry's top award

A revolutionary new Open University course, designed to help Britain prepare for the next millennium of computing, has won the IT world's equivalent of an Oscar.

Letter: No going back

Sir: Ed Clarke's omelette (letter 30 November) will not unscramble back into eggs because of the entropy (irreversibility) created in the process of its manufacture. A better measure of the passage of time and its associated irreversibility is to ponder the claim, "Nuclear electricity will be too cheap to meter." May I have a research grant please?

Education Letter: An Open and shut case

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Open Eye: Opening Up: Education's in the bag as postman John rises to the Challenge

John Burke, 39, is captain of the OU's current University Challenge team which achieved a runaway victory in the first round of the competition with 350 points. A part-time postman, John was invited to join Mensa at the age of six (but never did) and was a semi-finalist on TV's Mastermind six years ago. He' has recently completed a Diploma in European Humanities with the Open University and is now studying for a BA.

Open Eye: Government will review Scots funding for the OU

The Government has agreed to review the arrangements for funding the Open University's teaching in Scotland in response to a request from the OU.
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