Weekly Roundup 83

I suppose this will be the last chance to talk about Indonesia as this is technically the last week in which anything to do with it took place. The International Physics Olympiad this year was a marvel to be at and despite some classic British cynicism it was a lovely event. This year was the 50th anniversary of the first Olympiad in Warsaw and to properly close it off I wanted to dedicate this week’s roundup to giving the proper respect to the ideals the IPHO holds. Ultimately something as arbitrary as medals and certificates will be forgotten, as they always are. There will be some people who were fortunate enough to get questions they recognised and some people were unfortunate enough to get apparatus that didn’t work. In twenty years’ time both kinds of people will still have memories and anecdotes to tell about their time in Indonesia and the people they met. Although it has been a long time since I read The Name of the Wind, a quote I half remember is “steel rusts, but music lasts forever.” All the people I talked to had a story to tell and something to teach me and dreams for their future. If I was being poetic I could call these the songs they wished to sing. And for anyone still reading there is one real message I have about the Olympiad in case it wasn’t already clear. The event is not a test with some frivolous socialising thrown in; it is socialising from which students are occasionally pulled to do a test.

Until tomorrow, goodnight.


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