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Newsletter for the International Community Issue 7 - Spring 2006 

Welcome to the Spring 2006 issue of InterCom,
the newsletter for the International Community in Bath!


Semester two is already here, semester one seeming a distant memory... You may be feeling ready to try something new this semester, so carry on reading as there are many things planned for international students in semester 2. You can also find out about what's happening on our website, on our noticeboard and through the international student mailing list.

There is a new feature in this issue of InterCom called 'Your Voice'. Get your opinion heard by telling us what you think about issues affecting international students - your suggestions and opinions will be listened to and you will be entered into a competition with a chance to win an Amazon voucher!

If you would like to contribute an article for the next edition of InterCom (articles are rewarded with book/music tokens), or respond to any of the articles published in this issue, please contact us at InterCom@bath.ac.uk
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NEWS in brief

University of Bath logo - links to University home
In this Issue
- Welcome
- News in brief
- Thinking of a work placement?
- Anyone for sport?
- Student Profile
- Amity - a mentee's experiences
- Restaurant Review
- Bath International Evening
- Recipes
- An evening with the Mayor
- Your Voice! Competition
Events
Wednesday 22 February
FORUM 2006

You are invited to attend Forum 2006, an annual event to promote the understanding of race equality issues within the University community. The afternoon will include a guest speaker, open debate and panel discussion. For more details see the University What's On calendar.
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Saturday 18th March
GLOBAL EVENING
Join the Global Group for an evening of international performances and music in the University Hall, continuing with international cocktails and a dj in Level 1. More details will be on the Global Group and International Office websites soon.
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17th - 19th March
WEEKEND WITH A BRITISH FAMILY
Each year the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Rotary Club invite international students from the University to stay in homes of club members and spend time with the club. For more information see the international office website.
Trips
Saturday 11th February
WELSH MUSEUM & CARDIFF

Ticket price is £7.50
Saturday 11th March
PORTSMOUTH Historic Dockyard
Ticket price is £17.50 (includes boat cruise, guided tour of the HMS Victory ship and entrance)
Saturday 18th March
WELLS CATHEDRAL
Ticket price is £8 (includes guided tour)
Saturday 25th March
STONEHENGE & SALISBURY

Ticket price is £10
Saturday 29th April
GLASTONBURY/CHEDDAR
Ticket price is £7.50
Saturday 6th May
STOURHEAD
Ticket price is £5
Wednesday 12th July
POOLE & CORFE CASTLE
Ticket price is £8.50

more details »

6 - 7 May
WEEKEND TRIP TO CORNWALL AND LANDS END
More details to follow by email and on the website...

Restaurant review
LE PETIT COCHON

Le Petit Cochon It is hard to find something which reminds you of your home when you are in a foreign country. However, I have found a restaurant that almost makes me feel at home in France. Le Petit Cochon is a cosy restaurant whose cheerful chef, Christophe Lacroix, proudly highlights his weekly trips to France for produce and the quality of his foie gras.

The 2-course lunch menu costs £10.90 on Saturdays and £9.90 during the week. The dinner costs a few more pounds but still remains affordable for a Bath restaurant. You can choose between a starter and a main course or a main course and a dessert. I went with an English friend and we both enjoyed it a lot. The atmosphere was really friendly, with eclectic music, mainly French. We could hear some music by Charles Aznavour and some from the soundtrack of the movie Amélie.

I started with a Bavarois in which spinach and goats cheese were skilfully married and freshened by salad, tomato and capers. After this I didn't regret having as a main course a delightful Montbelliard Sausage on a bed of smashed potatoes and leeks with mustard sauce. My dessert, a Bailey's and Caramel Panacotta, seemed bland in comparison. My companion, after ordering a very nice French cider from Loire-Atlantique, chose an authentic Rabbit Terrine served on a slate with mustard chantilly (whipped crème fraîche with mustard) and salad. Apparently this is not the kind of terrine the British are used to, so if you want to know what a real French terrine is, here is your chance. Following this, a Duck au Vin (red wine) main course served with mushrooms and diced bacon was tender and full of flavour. His meal finished on a high with a Tarte Tatin which looked so good I couldn't help but taste it myself. I must say this was a very good one, and the pastry was particularly fine.

In conclusion, the food was excellent, the service very friendly, and our French waiter provided great service. Since the chef regularly updates his menu - he tends to modify it several times a week - you can go as often as you want and become a regular customer if he has convinced you that French food is really worth eating, or at least trying! I myself look forward to going there again.

Le Petit Cochon
11 Margarets Building
Bath BA1 2 LP
www.lepetitcochon.co.uk
Tel: (01225) 421251

Marion Hirtzig

Want to write a restaurant review for the next issue of InterCom? Email InterCom@bath.ac.uk for more information.


Your Voice!

Win an amazon voucher! Tell us what you think about the following issues and you will be entered into a prize draw for a £40 voucher to spend on whatever you like from www.amazon.co.uk. The deadline for entries is 6 March 2006.

Please note: It is necessary to fill in all fields.

Your name:
Your e-mail address:

Questions

1. The new international office website:
Please have a look at the new website at http://www.bath.ac.uk/international/ and answer these questions:

a. What are your first impressions of the new website?

b. What do you like about the site?

c. What don't you like about the site?

d. Is there anything you would like to see added to the site?

2. InterCom:
We are planning to redesign InterCom for the next issue and would welcome your feedback and suggestions.

a. What do you like about InterCom as it is now?

b. What don't you like about InterCom as it is now?

 

c. What would you like to read about in your international student newsletter?

Many thanks for your time - we will contact the winner by email.

 

Welcome - News in brief - Thinking of a work placement? - Anyone for sport? - Student profile - Amity - Restaurant review - Bath international evening - Recipes - An evening with the Mayor - Your Voice competition

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