Simon Banks (written 1998)
I have just graduated as a mature student with a B.A. Hons
in Social Anthropology (with an approved year abroad) at the University of Kent
at Canterbury. My approved year was spent at Jyvaskyla University in central
Whilst in Finland I learned to ski, both downhill and cross country, and
gained sufficient proficiency to ski the Finlandia Hihto, an annual ski marathon
event. I also participated in traditional Finnish Folk dance and held English
conversation classes in order to supplement my grant. Other interests include
sailing, trekking, cycling. I jog, enjoy music and philosophical discussions
about life with my friends.
At the end of my first year at the University of Kent I was First Mate on
the Panawina expedition, sailing a 17m ketch from Malta to India. I was fully
involved in the planning, recruitment and implementation of the project from its
Having spent a year studying Visual Anthropology under Dr Peter Parkes
and Dr Michael Fischer I was asked to come and expand my original project. Having
enlarged and updated the original project to its present size I am now in a
position to seek similar suitable full time employment.
... It's a year on now and Simon is hoping to begin an
MSc in Computer Science in the autumn (eds.).
Link to smelting video
Link to museum introduction.