Sorry, more of me, but tomorrow you get Penny with a full update. We don’t find out who broke or what the results for the day were, so merely some discussion about socials and the motions for today for now. The drama!
First motion was that THW require the military to recruit in proportion to the socioeconomic background of their country. We know little of how it went, but considering the room they went into, there is a strong possibility John and Farhan won. Ed and Jack decided it was a good idea to rebrand infantry training as a graduate training programme in order to attract the middle class.
Second motion was to give Palestine a sovereign state in exchange for complete demilitarisation. Everyone is hopeful of seconds or worst case thirds.
Final motion was to allow anyone to take up residence in any country provided they weren’t an economic burden. It should be noted that all three were in very good rooms at this time, almost certainly all live, and we are all hopeful of a positive result. Keep your fingers crossed…
Now, that’s all well and good, but for some reason there is a suggestion that you might be interested in these strange things called ‘socials’. They seem to be occasions intended for social interaction with others, something I (and many debaters) have found troubling and constantly tried to avoid. Nevertheless, the people of Serbia, but particularly the volunteers, have been exceptionally welcoming, and my memory of the Serbian people so far has been particularly positive. But onto the socials themselves;
Last night’s social started pretty good, going to a normal club with music and dancing (for others, not me. English people shouldn’t dance) and had a lot of fun for the majority of the night. Afterwards, it became epic, as we took a left instead of a right, and ended up walking around the oldest, and some might say finest, fort in Belgrade at the dead of night. As is my basis for studying history at university, Historical epicness wins out over ‘socialing’ anytime. It was a truly great experience, and we all really enjoyed it (other than the people who chose to rest at home. Disgraceful that they didn’t want to go out and enjoy themselves the night before the most important day of the tournament…). The other organised social we (those who had arrived) had gone to on the Sunday night was also pretty cool, being held in a reconstruction of Belgrade from the 20’s, but it was the added dimension of the really cool fort that made the other social exceptional. The Monday, we instead stayed downstairs catching up not only with each other, but plenty of old friends and experienced debaters, which was still a great deal of fun. Tonight’s social is somewhere down by the rivers with a live band,(named Al Jazzera…) and we’re already looking forward to it. That and the whole, break announcement, thing.
Kind regards all, and Penny’ll update you tomorrow morning on results.