16 December, 2007

Birmingham IV

This weekend was the Birmingham IV. The MDU sent 4 teams and 3 judges (who were wonderful for responding to an emergency call for judges!). The tab has not yet been released so I don't know how everyone did exactly, will update when I have more information!

What I do know:

Manchester BM (Dan B and Chellsie) did excellently in breaking to the semis.
Manchester FP (Kenny and Ciaran) managed to get into the top room for round three.

The motions were:
Round 1: THW ban music which glorifies violence
Round 2: THW co-operate with Hamas
Round 3: THW nationalise Northern Rock
Round 4: THW halt expansion of the EU
Round 5: THBT parents who have had a child taken into care should be stopped from having any more children
Semi: THW support the police's right to strike (in the UK)
Final: THBT juries should have to give reasons for their verdicts

The IV was won by Galway (second op) after a two hour adjudication. Apparently, on the first call virtually all the judges had different calls on 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th so they instantly knew it was going to take a while!

The final was held in the Barber institute which is an art gallery on the Birmingham campus. I've got to say, I'm a fan of having finals in nice places, I think it marks them out which is nice. The 'three course meal' was less good this year. Last year they'd hired a big room on the university and got caterers in. This year it was in a local student bar where everyone had to eat in two sittings. Hmmm. Perhaps they'll return to staff house next year.


More to follow when the tab is out.

2 comments:

Alex said...

Just seen the tab. Wow, congrats! Who was in the final?

Liz Ford said...

Thank you! Very happy :)

It's a good ego boost before worlds.

Wasn't quite sure on how to report my own progress on this blog, hence the absence! At World's there'll be at least daily updates, I hope.

For those who are interested the tab can be found here: http://www.britishdebate.com/calendar/event.asp?e=417

The final was:
1p: Cambridge A
1o: Middle A (myself and James)
2p: ULU A (JLM and Paddy)
2o: Galway

Slightly annoying to have been beaten on a law motion (!) but we both knew too much and so didn't analyse everything to death. Oooops.