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Singapore and The Hague: first to smash the marmite in 2015

vendredi, 4 décembre 2015   (0 Comments)
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The first two of the 19 Ecolint Escalade Dinners scheduled for 2015 took place last night in Singapore and The Hague. Both are reported to have been hugely enjoyable for the 25 alumni who attended.

Singing in Singapore

This year's Singapore dinner was organized by Tara Thivolet (LGB '91), who invited her fellow alumni to gather at l'Entrecôte. "It almost felt like being in Geneva", she said.

"We enjoyed remembering our Ecolint days as well catching up on events of the past year, as some of us had met up one year before for the 2014 Escalade dinner organized by Sarah Furner. Once again, the class of LGB ’91 was well represented with Marc, Hsien, Soma and I.

The highlight of our evening was definitely breaking the marmite and on hand to help us were Petra Paavilainen (La Chât ’04) and Lara Zoumut (LGB ’86). Joining us also for dinner was Isabelle Siry, daughter of Agneta, who worked for many years with the Alumni Association. Isabelle very kindly remembered to print out the lyrics to Cé qu'è lainô, so we all sang along before indulging in the delicious marmite."

Hsien summed it up well: "Really enjoyed it....especially meeting up with all the other alumni residing in Singapore. It keeps the Ecolint spirit burning even at the ends of the world!"

The full list of attendees was: Tara Thivolet (LGB '91), Marc Bakker (LGB '91), Hsien Hui Tong (LGB '91), Soma Ganguli (LGB '91), Suvendu Ganguli (LGB '88), Petra Paavilainen (La Chât ’04), Lara Zoumut (LGB ’86), Raphaël Dana (LGB '92),  Neil Ware (La Chât '93), Ilona Tar (LGB '90), Marleen Swager (La Chât '96) and Isabelle Siry.

Singapore Escalade Dinner 2015, at Restaurant l'Entrecôte. List of attendees above.

On marmite-smashing duties in Singapore, Lara Zoumut (LGB ’86) and Petra Paavilainen (La Chât '04).

More smiles in Singapore.

The only way for a marmite to survive the heat of Singapore. (Spot the Thomy!)

Meanwhile in The Hague

Last February's gathering in Amsterdam to mark the 90th anniversary of Ecolint was the first official alumni event to take place in the Netherlands. We were delighted when Susan Baragwanath – better known to the alumni as former LGB teacher Mrs Cave – and her husband offered to host a first Netherlands Escalade Dinner at their home in The Hague.

A total of 14 alumni attended the dinner, with some taking up the invitation to a pre-dinner tour of The Hague's Peace Palace. This was made possible through Susan's husband David Baragwanath, who is the Past President and Judge of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

The complete list of alumni who attended is as follows: Jan Willem Van Loon (LGB '87), Jeannette Furnée (LGB '68), Rachel Geense (LGB '87), Masja Van Loon (LGB '90), Marleen Capelle (LGB '95), Yvonne Roessel (LGB '79), Oskar van Maren (LGB '05), Berrith Gulickx (LGB '92), Cécile Schandrin Ten Ham (La Chât '86), Mariette Rombout (La Chât '87), Christian Pahlplatz (LGB '96), Sander Pahlplatz (LGB '99), Michiel Claassen (LGB '95) and Gareth Jenkins (LGB '95).

A first Escalade gathering for the Netherlands, at Susan and David Baragwanath's home in The Hague. See above for the list of attendees.

The marmite, following some emergency repairs after its bumpy ride from Geneva.

Smashing the marmite! Doing the honours were Oskar van Maren (LGB '05) and Jeannette Furnée (LGB '68).

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