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CHARLIE HALL NEWSLETTER – 2017

Home once again after a dizzying nine weeks and I have had a few days to let the experience consolidate and settle.

This year we were once again blessed with the presence of some of the indefatigable ‘class of 1965’ and not suprisingly this brought our legacy into focus. How different, if at all, are the students of the 21st century from those from the groovy days of the 1960’s? Is what we are doing considered as important or valuable compared to how it was viewed back then? Do we reflect or attempt to shape the culture?

In the 1960’s air travel was considered either a luxury or a military necessity, most people travelled by train and very rarely to anywhere more exotic than Greece. Morocco was for the hippies and bohemians, India was for the hippies and seekers and the thought of hopping on to a flight to Las Vegas for a Stag Party was utterly inconceivable. Italy was still a country celebrated by EM Forster in his memorable novels, particularly ‘Where Angels Fear to Tread’ and ‘Room with a View’ where the British dreaded and hoped to be freed from post-war rules and conventions (meet someone completely unsuitable and find love) or Fellini’s La Dolce Vita where we were mesmerised and baffled by a series of extraordinary set pieces that celebrated or/and critiqued Italy’s love-affair with the American Dream (echoing Britain’s fascination with the same).

In Britain it was considered the height of ‘Continental’ to have a candle stuck into an old straw-wrapped Chianti ‘ruffino’, whether in one’s flat or in a Soho Italian restaurant. Spaghetti came in those yard-long packets and the chances of finding fresh parmesan cheese in Northampton was zero, let alone getting a decent expresso any where west, east, north or south of Frith Street.

And if you went to Italy as a student you knew that you were absolutely on your own. A letter would take a week to arrive, money had to be carefully planned and dispensed, with no ATM to access, no online banking, no phones (unless in an emergency – and emergencies and the consideration of them has changed with the instant communication available via emails, social media and cellular technologies)

What I am trying to say is that the teenager of the 1960’s experienced the world in a significantly different way, through a lens that is virtually alien to that which even I viewed things at the end of the 1970’s when I was a student on the course. There was no TripAdvisor to pressurise hotels and restaurants with, the instant gratification that today’s culture affords us and the teenagers of the early 21st century. Many of us have become ‘clients’ and that has skewed the way that many of us consider the ‘provider’.

Which makes the students of this year even more exceptional. The fact that all teenagers have at their fingertips the ability to communicate with their ‘friends and followers’ in micro-seconds, with all the potential for distraction that that offers, is now simply a fact. The ability to nip home (to England) for the weekend and to speak languidly about continuing one’s ‘Gap Year’ thousands of miles away, getting there in a few hours is almost incredible to me but without wonder for today’s traveller.

So what is it that draws a thread that connects students from the 1960’s to those of 2017? Of course, a part of the reason is the place. To be able to spend six weeks (or more fifty or more years ago) in the singular city that is Venice is an exquisite experience in itself. To be thrown togather in a small and intimate hotel that is nestled in the warm heart of this city is also a memorable and bonding time to savour, to be exposed to the brilliant thoughts of all of our lecturers is thrilling and in some memorable cases, inspirational but I think that there’s more and that is some unknown but acutely sensed element that is something that my father added to the mixture.

From observing the students of 2017, 2016, 2015 and beyond I discern something that connects us all and that is the almost instinctive understanding of the legacy that we are a part of. In 1965, on the first day of that first course the young man who is my father bounded up to announce to the students, who probably had as much idea about what the course would be as this year’s did, that “You are this year’s course” and handed to each one of them the metaphorical keys to the car.

The rest was up to them. When the class of 1965 assembled and bough the class of 2017 a glass of prosecco I noted the recognition of that. At our final lunch at the Ristorante Sibilla in Tivoli I felt that.

JOHN HALL NEWSLETTER – 2017

Charlie’s Newsletter has stimulated these thoughts.

His first line ‘Home once again after a dizzying nine weeks ‘  hides the fact  that after six weeks in Venice , in his small bedroom-office above the entrance to the Hotel Messner Annexe with our thirty-three students , he was tired : not by our daily but by nightly activities and the Venetian accoustic. After the day’s lectures, visits , dinner and maybe a film, a gathering of our students around midnight under Charlie’s window ,discussing quietly whether or not to go to Piccolo Mondo , makes enough noise to wake him ( and neighbours who telephone the carabinieri to complain ) : the return, around 3 am is another awakening , even though our considerate students are only ‘ whispering ‘- maybe fifteen of them . Venice is a silent city at night- every tiny sound , footstep , the murmur of the  flowing tide in the canal , a distant  human voice can be heard  , as invasive as the starlings flighting to their nests in the roof of our house in the Marchigian countryside. Among his many virtues , Charlie is tolerant  and kind  and forgiving – but , youthful as he may appear , he is getting older . He would like to sleep undisturbed at night. He is much appreciated , by me and by all those who are sorry to have disturbed  his slumbers.

The main theme of his Newsletter is whether one can compare our students of today and those in years gone by , particularly the majority who lived  before the time of Facebook, Instagram , Snapchat , Tweet and internet addiction. ‘ What is it that draws a thread that connects out students from the 1960’s with those of 2017 ? ‘ Charlie writes. ‘ In 1965 , on the first day of the first course , the young man who is my father bounded up to announce to the students that ‘ You are the year’s course ‘ and handed to each one of them the metaphorical keys of the car .’

It wasn’t quite like that for a very nervous thirty year old who had just given up being a schoolmaster, confronted with thirty-two very bright students, twenty-two going on to Oxford or Cambridge. However, the Course worked , and from the only person who has been present at all 52 courses and almost every lecture , I can say that the spirit  of the courses has remained more or less the same , both in terms of content and student involvement – and Venice .

A driving force was my own memory of occasional brilliant teachers at school and university , of my grandfather , of my father and mother , passing on their passionate and very varied interests and pleasures . The idea was to create an environment where similarly inspiring ‘teachers ‘ could open the eyes, ears and minds of our students into areas outside the passing youth cultures of the moment : without exams and school rules- and abroad, away from their peer fashions of the moment  , inhaling the air of a different civilization. That is still our aim.
The grandeur of Rome was a tempting challenge but the 1960’s was the moment of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita , not necessarily an attraction for fee-paying parents . Florence was and is full of English-speaking educational institutions , an unattractively Anglo-American environment. Venice had no foreign institutions , and is a foreign country , an island geographically and psychologically . Citta Nobile e Singolare , its history linking Eastern and Western  civilizations , it has a unique beauty  , on a human and walkable scale, art and architecture ancient to contemporary , no cars but boats , an actively marine city with the element of tidal salt water ebbing and flowing through its canal veins . After their week in Florence and Rome , our students know even better the singular charm of Venice , which grows as time passes . For now many years , we usually have a number of students whose parents were on the course , not to mention the steady flow of brothers, sisters, cousins – all handing on  the Venice virus.

Considering Charlie’s questions about the contemporary digital internet  world , I can remember clearly the first time a mobile phone rang in someone’s pocket during a lecture , to the amazement of everyone , a novelty. Nowadays, Charlie can contact and be contacted by every individual student , day and night , by Whats’it.App ,  reminding them to be punctual for the next lecture or not to congregate under his window late at night . The misuse of smartphones occasionally irritates a lecturer . In spite of which the general morale and atmosphere of the course has stayed much the same over the years , as our students discover when meeting their predecessors. ‘ As I noted in my diary early on the course ‘ wrote one of the alumni of 2015 , ‘ it would appear that John Hall is more of an institution than a course and this became apparent to us on meeting the exceptionally hospitable gang of groovy  OJH’s of 1965 …this meeting reinforced something which we had all been feeling for some weeks : that the John Hall Course is extremely special.’

Our Venice  Re-Unions show that what all alumni have in common is the Venice experience , a kaleidoscope of challenging intellectual , aesthetic and social revelations and the uniquely civilized  dolcezza of life in Venice , summed up in a letter from one of the over ninety alumni who attended a Venice Course re-union in 2017  :

It was such fun to see so many of the 1976 group, to re-live many happy memories, and to re-kindle many friendships.   What an impact those glorious weeks in Venice had on all of us.  It was a carefree, fascinating and incredibly happy time for us all, having recently left the rigours of endless exams  at school, and before the more demanding rigours of university life.  No-one who has gone on one of your courses has left not feeling refreshed , interested  in things that they had not known about before, and with their minds expanded.
So, as Charlie senses, a legacy continues.

John Hall Venice Reunion Party



Wednesday 24th January 2018, 6.30 – 9pm

We are delighted to announce the date of the John Hall Venice reunion party. We hope that you will be able to make it to meet many long-lost friends and share memories of Venice. The party will be held at the Travellers Club, at 106 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EP.

Tickets are £10 each. If you would like to attend please either email us at info@johnhallvenice.com with your name and the year you were on the course and make a bank transfer or fill out the booking form and send back to us with a cheque. The race is on to see which year can get the most to attend so get in touch with your year group now and get your tickets! Numbers are limited so book now to avoid missing out.

Cheques should be made payable to “John Hall” or make a bank transfer with your name as the reference to:

Account Name: Mr J. Hall
Account Number: 26669692
Bank Sort Code: 601203

JOHN HALL NEWSLETTER – July 2016

With all the talk about Brexit, it may surprise you to know that, when the Course began, we all wanted to be IN, a part of a European community. From the beginning in 1965 until 1985 the course was called The Contemporary Europe Pre-University Course in Venice, in tune with an IN attitude.

At that time Art History was an almost unknown subject in schools and universities. The intellectual tone of the sixties was expressed in the new Sussex University’s inter-departmental concept, the Contemporary Europe School, combining philosophy, scientific advances, political theory, sociology, art, literature, music, cinema, looking at the changes from the old European hierarchies of thought and behaviour to the new. We followed that template.

A glance at our programmes in those years at www.johnhallvenice.com/alumni shows typical lectures: The European Mind and Imagination ; What economics is about ; What is Philosophy ? The united Kingdom of Italy- the Political structure ; Scientific Method and the Social Science ; the Theory of the Modern State ; the City in History and Today …..etc..

Although in the early years our lectures on Art History were few, simply spending a long time in Venice immersed everyone daily in the quality and glories of great architecture and art and the civilized dolcezza of the Italian life style , just as it still does every year . In those days the course started as twelve weeks, moved to ten, giving time for film-making, theatrical productions and even football matches. As we reduced eventually to six weeks in Venice (plus one in London, one in Florence and one in Rome) , entirely for reasons of cost , and Art History had become popular in schools and universities, our programme has become more intensive and centred on the Arts : Art History, Music, World Cinema , Literature – with the options- Italian Language, Life Drawing, Photography Italian Cookery….. However , in spite of the prominence of the Arts , we still manage to show that there is life beyond Titian and Vasari , with topical talks on contemporary issues – on the scientific measurement of climate, Islam and the Arab world, and , by Cambridge scientists Malcolm Longair and Simon Conway-Morris , mind-blowing glimpses into black holes , dark energy , space-time, the big bang , evolutionary convergence theories- fields of awesome scale and significance , intellectually hyper-demanding, a revelation to most arts students.

So, as Charlie says in his Newsletter, Brexit may or may not affect our economy, but it will not stop the gravitational pull of Italy or, we hope, the appeal of our civilization mission.

On a different note altogether, I thank the editors of the latest 2016 Student Newsletter for their charming compliment to the family quality of our Venice Course.

Dear John and Charlie,

Thank you for the experience of a lifetime……….What makes this course unique is the bond between father and son extrapolating to bonds between pupils too. Thank you for letting us into your family: we have made so many brothers and sisters these past few weeks……

To our adopted father and grandfather

Lots of love

Grandfather emailed his thanks personally to all the editors but am told by Charlie that the young don’t look at emails any more – and I don’t do Facebook, Instagram, Tweet. Might they read this?

News From Charlie Hall – Summer 2016

The celebrations of our fiftieth anniversary and fiftieth course are firmly in the past and now we consolidate and move forward – for the next fifty years. The dust seems to have settled, kicked up by the ‘Brexit’ referendum – and we wait to see how that affects our world. In my view it only increases my desire to spread and encourage an enthusiasm for Europe – a continent that was still in the aftershocks of the Second World War when my father set out to find a home for the extraordinary course he had imagined. Dreams of a federal Europe were still in their infancy, helped by America’s fantastic intervention, The Marshall Plan, and the desire to avoid further European wars. We are still in the early days and naturally there are going to be more nursery tantrums and schoolyard scraps. My view? Let us discover more about our incredible continent by embracing it and immersing ourselves in it. Coming to Italy has been a vital part of that, since the Grand Tour of the late sixteenth century and perhaps it has become more important. Lest we forget, it was virtually heretical to visit Italy in the sixteenth century!

An element of how important or indeed, how influential the JHV experience has always been, and the networks that this programme create was brilliantly expressed to me the other day. I had offered to take somebody to the Tate Modern, a few days after the opening of the wonderful Switch House extension. My friend, who was visiting from Los Angeles, had met somebody on the flight, an eminent and lovely gentleman who was over to represent The Smithsonian Institution and we met at Tate Modern for a tour led by their Head of Displays. That excellent individual had shared a room with me when I had been a student on the John Hall Course. Our next visit was to the V&A (as the Smithsonian is working on a joint venture with The Smithsonian). The Head of Research & Collections took us to his favourite part of the museum; the Cast Courts where he raved about one of the new heroes of conservation, restoration and the reproduction of great works of art. Of course he was referring to Adam Lowe, director of Factum Arte in Madrid, who was also on the John Hall Course in my year, 1978.

What this day illustrated to me so brilliantly was that when we leave the course we are not in possession of a document that will open doors to curatorial departments or positions in museums, sale rooms or galleries but it engenders a combination of curiosity, confidence and off-grid knowledge that only comes from spending a lot of time free of syllabus in the company of like-minded individuals being spoken to by experts who are at the top of their fields, or on their way.
This stays in most of us, sometimes like a little stone in the shoe or a bug that you can never shake off and at some point in your life you find that you must attend to it. Some of us go back to study for an MA in Art History, some use their business skills in the Art World and Education and some, like Adam Lowe go into uncharted territory.

Just as in the days of The Grand Tour, this experience of being in the ‘cradle of Western Art’ (rather than the Birthplace – Greece?) throws out great and unusual thinkers and activists. It would be tedious to list them all, the John Hall Course rarely appears on CVs, but we are there, from museum directors, curators, writers, critics, and gallery owners….and still we come….

The summer of 2017 sees the re-boot of our three-week Venice course; a programme that is more focused on Contemporary Art and Architecture but still retains the rigour and wide content of the central Gap Year Course.

A Venice Record Book Launch

Were you part of The John Hall Pre-University Course in Venice between 1965 and 2015? Or planning to go in the future? Then here is the ultimate insiders’ collection of special memories and reminiscences.

Published to celebrate the first 50 years, A VENICE RECORD captures the spirit of the course with contributions from students, art historians, artists, musicians, theatre and film people, scientists, historians, astrophysicists, philosophers and even vintners – all who have shared these ephemeral Venetian moments. The book is also a record of names of all alumni, and everyone who has taught on the course year by year. The book is now available at Blurb in Hardcover and Softcover or as an E-Book (iPad iBooks format).

John Hall Italian Journeys 2016



VENICE FOR PLEASURE, Second edition
March 13-19

Staying in the Bauer Hotel *****. A different programme from last year, including private gardens, lagoon experiences, art, architecture, a Literary Walk, Musica a Palazzo La Traviata, artisan fabrics and our usual meals in private villas and palaces.
£2780 per person in double room (single room supplement £630)
Cost includes: 6 nights at Hotel Bauer, transfers from the recommended BA flights from airport to hotel and back, 6 lunches /dinners, (including 3 in private palaces) Musica a Palazzo opera La Traviata in Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto.


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PARADISE OF EXILES: Florence
May 7-13

A new tour staying in the Hotel Loggiata dei Serviti ****, Piazza SS.Annunziata, Florence. In the final decades of the nineteenth century and until the outbreak of the Second World War, Florence attracted an intriguing colony of English and American expatriates, who bought up the crumbling villas abandoned during Italy’s long struggle for unification. Though art and history formed the main interests of the community, horticulture was a close second. It is this idea of villa life, the community which subscribed to it, and the gardens they created that this tour explores, conducted by Katie Campbell, author of PARADISE OF EXILES The Anglo-American Gardens of Florence (Frances Lincoln, 2009). The tour, like the book, treats equally the gardens, the villas and their occupants, and ends with aperitivi in the Harold Acton Library of the British Institute, with a talk by the librarian on its founding in 1917 by British Florentine expatriates.
£2700 per person in double room (single room supplement £480)
Cost includes: 6 nights at Hotel Loggiata dei Serviti, 6 lunches/dinners, transfers from the recommended BA flights from Pisa airport to hotel and back

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ROME: PALACES AND VILLAS – A PRIVATE VIEW
October 13-19

Staying in the Albergo Santa Chiara ***( by the Pantheon). The ultimate insider’s view of Rome, this tour will leave you with memorable impressions of the history and culture of the Popes, with access to their collections both intimate and grand.
£2525 per person in double room (single room supplement £390)
Cost includes: 6 nights at Hotel Santa Chiara, 2 dinners, 1 lunch, transfers from the recommended BA flights from Rome Fiumicino airport to hotel and back
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Please note that the cost of flights is not included in any of the tours. For further details please see website or contact:

John Hall Italian Journeys
Tel: +44 (0)20 8871 4747
Email: info@johnhallvenice.com
www.johnhallitalianjourneys.com

 

VENICE 50th ANNIVERSARY

The John Hall Venice 50th Anniversary Reunion Event
May 17, 2014 in Venice, at The Hotel Monaco and Cini Foundation, San Giorgio Maggiore

Starting with a cocktail party on Friday night at the Hotel Monaco, the event went on with a brilliant lecture from 1978 alumnus Adam Lowe about his team’s recreation of the stolen ‘Marriage at Cana’ by Veronese at The Cini Foundation. This was then followed by a tour and a wonderful drinks party in the cloisters of the monastery with a performance from Dame Emma Kirkby, alumna of 1966, who is now a world famous soprano and expert on early music singing, accompanied by the brilliant Simone Colavecci on theorbo. The acoustics on Longhena’s stone staircase were superb! Finally there was a spectacular gala dinner in Palladio’s fabulous refectory. Thanks to all who came and made it a night to remember for ever!

> Click here for photographs of the John Hall Venice 50th Anniversary reunion dinner

Comments from alumni from the first 1965 Course who came to Venice to celebrate in February 2015. They invited the current 2015 alumni to prosecco in Franco’s Osteria alla Bifora in Campo S.Margarita.

“There are in our existence spots of time
Which with distinct pre-eminence retain
A renovating virtue…”

We set off for Venice 50 years ago, none of us I suspect, able to imagine what cultural and social delights lay ahead of us in the first ever Venice Course. Nor could we possibly have foreseen that some of us would sustain the friendships made in 1965 over the course of 50 years. I for one could not have imagined when I was 18 that I would ever be this old! But when we are together I don’t feel old at all. We may all be experiencing the hazards of advancing years but the magic of Venice 1965, ‘a spot of time’ returns and our youthful selves are not far away. In fact, on this particular visit I caught fleeting glimpses of our younger selves running for vaparettos, dancing in the hugging room, discussing philosophy over cappuccinos on the Zattere, in various costumes making our films, becoming acquainted with beautiful palaces and churches, Titians and Tiepolos, meeting Peggy Guggenheim, piped aboard HMS Troubridge, getting drunk, wearing carnations….

We have all at different times returned to Venice and we have celebrated significant anniversaries together in London. Some went back last year to celebrate the 50th Course but that was with students from other years as well. This one, the 50th year since the Course began, was arranged by us for us. It felt important to celebrate our friendships which began at ‘Cici’s’ in February 1965 and to celebrate what the Venice Course did for us all. How often we have talked about how the experience was life-changing, how it has resonated throughout our lives and how much we feel we owe to John’s vision in creating the Course. He brought us all together, a group of teenage strangers and our friendships began and developed against the most beautiful backdrop imaginable. Over the years a group of us has evolved into a 1965 Venice Course ‘family’ and how exciting it was after 45 years of absence to find and reclaim Della. Within a few hours it was as if she had always been there, similarly Liz who we had found a few years before but not had a chance to spend extended time with.

Those of us who stayed at Hotel San Stefano drifted down to breakfast just as we had all those years ago at Cici’s and similarly, as in 1965, we all met up for sunny lunches on the Zattere and spent these leisurely occasions catching up on life histories, reminiscing, laughing. We all so easily fall into each other’s company and any intervening years seem quite irrelevant. There was renewed pleasure in revisiting favourite buildings now perhaps appreciated even more profoundly: the Miracoli, San Zaccaria, the Frari. And the magic of Venice never goes stale. Wandering around, over bridges, down alleyways, through empty squares and everywhere hearing the background ‘music’ of water and chugging boats remains a feast for the senses. At night everywhere still looks like the set for an opera. Indeed what better background for one of the finest renderings ever of ‘our’ song in the dark, under a lamp, memorably performed by Michael and Phillip while amused Venetians strolled by.

On our last night we were lucky enough to find a concert of music by Vivaldi being performed in Chiesa San Vidal. It was quite superb, a wonderful gift for our last night. We listened attentively, well aware of the privilege of hearing Vivaldi in his own city. But our less reverent teenage selves were still hovering around, distracting our older and wiser selves. The cellist was a dramatic performer: his arms swooped and sawed at his cello, his fluid body movements nearly took him off his seat and his head jiggled in all directions so energetically you could fear it might fly off. We briefly got the giggles!

It was wonderful to meet this year’s delightful students, our ‘descendants’, practically our relations! Indeed, Meriel’s great-niece was amongst this group, perhaps the first third generation student? There have, of course, been plenty of second generation participants; Michael probably holds the record, I would imagine, having dispatched all four daughters to Venice. I had thought the students might find it pretty boring, meeting us old fogies, as we must seem to them, but they welcomed us into their youthful midst, seemingly eager to hear stories from 1965 and we had a most convivial evening with prosecco. Cheering too to see how successfully Charlie has taken on some of the responsibilities of looking after the students with his usual flair and charm.

These 2015 students might seem to be our descendants but of course John is our remarkable and genial ‘patriarch’. Wonderful it was to end each day of our anniversary visit with dinners in various places along the Calle Lunga and John, as always, beaming benignly at each of us who were lucky enough to have had the privilege of being his very first group of students 50 years ago.

Sally on behalf of the Golden Oldies, April 2015

The Very Golden Oldies
by alumnus of 2015, Rory Fraser

Throughout our stay in Venice, there was invariably one thing which linked the events to which we were invited; this was prosecco – and plenty of it. After all, what better way to wash down a Titian, a bit of Tiepolo and a hint of Monteverdi, than with a golden glass of cordially bubbling booze?
Well, the Old John Hall drinks was no exception to this rather wonderful rule, and the mixture of the golden drink with the company of – what I have slightly cheekily referred to as – the Golden Oldies, was fabulous. As I noted in my diary early on in the course: ‘it would appear that John Hall is more of an institution than a course’, and this became apparent to us on meeting the exceptionally hospitable gang of groovy OJH’s. In fact, they made us feel old! For their enthusiasm, laughter, and spontaneous bursting into song was far beyond anything that we ‘youths’ could match.
This meeting reinforced something which we had all been feeling for some weeks: that the John Hall Course is extremely special. Whilst our contemporaries may be raving on the beaches of SEA (South East Asia), or saving the world in a Sloth Sanctuary, I somehow doubt that they will be flying out again in 50 years-time for a reunion. Furthermore, only a week after the end of the course, I am already noticing how it has changed my perception of many previously accepted things. In fact, the huge increase in my frame of reference has probably changed me permanently.
So, in 50 years time (around the John Hall centenary!!) I am fairly sure that I, God willing, will be one of the Golden Oldies, dishing out the prosecco…

John Hall Venice – dealing with the cost by Amy Bradburne

I knew from the moment that I laid eyes on the John Hall Venice leaflet it was the perfect course for me – living in Venice, learning about its history and art, and enjoying the freedom to soak up one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There was only one teeny-tiny technical point-the money. The total sum for the course is quite gulp-worthy. However, because of this you know that the course is going to make the most of every single moment, and since being here I can assure you that’s exactly what it does. If you’re thinking of applying for it and want to raise some of, if not all of the money needed, there are numerous ways you can go about this. The course doesn’t start until January, by which time you will have had a good six months since leaving school to gather some funds. Getting a job for four or five days a week during this time can make a huge difference. For example I was working on average a 36-hour week for four months and raised half of what was needed. On a typical payroll of £6 per hour that’s not bad going! All you need to do is decide what job you’d fancy. I can fully recommend working in an upbeat pub or restaurant (preferably somewhere with a good tip system!) Others on the course worked in cafes, clothes shops and department stores. If you want to combine your job with gaining some good experience / C.V points, options such as caring or working with children are always available. Some people also combine their hobbies with their job: working on a ski slope, in a hospital or even selling paintings! There are easier ways of picking up a bit of cash too such as car boot sales, eBay and websites such as magpie.com. If none of this appeals, internships are always brilliant. There’s also the option of smiling sweetly at parents, family and friends. Good luck!

John Hall Venice on Facebook

Did you know that you can now keep in touch with all our exciting news at John Hall Venice on facebook? There is an ever-increasing network of John Hallers out there so check out our John Hall Venice facebook page and use it for getting in touch with your friends, for showing us your iconic photographs or for letting your fellow alumni know about any reunions you might be having. We look forward to seeing you on there soon!

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