News headlines – February 2021

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28 Feb 2021    Listen to piano concerto by Chris Ennals (Powell 1956-60) on YouTube
25 Feb 2021    John Ryley (Blackwater 1975-80) wins RTS Television Journalism 'Outstanding Contribution' award
8 Feb 2021    Liz Harrison
3 Feb 2021    Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975-80) runs 32 marathons in 31 days for charity
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28 February 2021 - Listen to piano concerto by Chris Ennals (Powell 1956-60) on YouTube

Chris Ennals (Powell 1956-60) has written his piano concerto no.2 and a recording is now available on YouTube.

Chris hopes that the recording, accompanied by a series of photos, will be enjoyed by members of the Eastbournian Society.

The orchestrated second movement, Etude in Emotions, is available by following this link:

Chris has been the OE rep in Norway for a number of years now, and says that he hopes to visit Eastbourne again once Covid travel restrictions have been lifted.

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25 February 2021 - John Ryley (Blackwater 1975-80) wins RTS Television Journalism 'Outstanding Contribution' award

John Ryley (Blackwater 1975-80) has won the Outstanding Contribution award at the Royal Television Society Television Journalism Awards 2021.

John, who is Head of Sky News, has had a 37-year career in broadcast journalism, and has worked for the three major UK broadcasters, the BBC, ITN and Sky.

Chair of the Awards, Simon Bucks, said: 'The Outstanding Contribution award goes to a journalist who really has done what it says on the tin – effected genuine change in our business. I have witnessed it first-hand over 30 years... His style is innovative, idiosyncratic. His integrity, influence and authority, colossal.'

In his acceptance speech at the virtual awards ceremony, John said that luck had played an enormous part in his career. In his early days in local radio he learned the importance of accuracy, at the BBC in the late 1980s he learned the importance of impartiality, and at ITN's News at Ten in the early 1990s he learned the power of distinctive, eyewitness reporting. At Sky he says he has learned the importance of challenging the status quo.

The biggest lesson he has learned is that it is not the strongest or the most intelligent that succeed but those prepared to adapt and change.

He also stressed the importance that black and Asian people have in TV news, not just on screen, but also those making decisions behind the scenes, saying 'Luck in television journalism still too often favours the white and middle class. Young people from ethnic minorities need far more than only luck to succeed. They need advice, support and opportunity to get on in our trade, and they need our respect: respect for the new ideas and new skills they can offer us, so please, give it to them.'

Paying tribute to his wife Harriet, who died last winter, John concluded by dedicating the award 'to all those who keep the home fires burning, leaving us to go to work to focus on what we all must cherish - accurate, impartial, original journalism.'

To view the presentation of the award, please click on this link: RTS Television Journalism Awards 2021 which will take you to the start of the section on John at 23 minutes in.

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8 February 2021 - Liz Harrison

We are sad to report that we have heard from Liz Harrison's daughters Suzanna Standring (Nugent 1982-84) and Philippa Love (Nugent 1984-86) that Liz died at the end of last week.

Liz was a familiar figure at the College from 1965 when she married Robin Harrison (Pennell 1942-47), who taught geography from 1953 until 1989 and was OEA Secretary from 1976 until 2004. 

They ran Craig House together when Robin took over as housemaster in 1978, continuing there until 1986.

After Robin's death in 2015 Liz moved to Yorkshire to be close to her daughter Philippa. Our condolences go to Suzanna and Philippa and their families.

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3 February 2021 - Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975-80) runs 32 marathons in 31 days for charity

Congratulations go to Eddie Izzard (Pennell 1975-80), who has run 32 marathons and performed 31 stand-up shows in 31 days as part of a 'Run for Hope'.

The aim was to raise money for charities making a real difference to disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

Using the social media hashtag #MakeHumanityGreatAgain, Eddie completed the challenge on a treadmill in Riverside Studios in London, but ran virtually through different cities around the world for each marathon.

The first five charities to benefit are Fareshare, Walking With the Wounded, Care International, United to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Covenant House New York City.

During the marathons Eddie had video chats with a variety of celebrities and was helped during the final run by the actor George Clooney, who gave a £3,000 donation to help reach the donation target of £250,000. Funds raised now total more than £300,000 and you can donate until 9 February at Eddie's Crowdfunder site at

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