See US Comedy first – Free tickets for live BBC studio recording!

Our Office Coordinator, Alfonso Denton, has been in touch to tell us that our students are being invited to the recording of a new comedy  programme  intended for an American television network: the producers think it would be great to have as many Americans in the audience as possible. The show is called ‘Trust Us With Your Life’ and it is being recorded during October at the BBC TV studios inWest London- so if you haven’t otherwise had the opportunity to visit this great British Institution, this could be your big chance!

The website to directly apply for tickets is:


Cookery Club

Unfortunately, Jamie Oliver couldn't make it on Tuesday :)Hello to all of you who came to Cookery club today.

It was great to have so many of you turn up for our first session. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Please come along next week for Meatballs.

Meanwhile here is the recipe for chicken casserole also known as Hessenberg Chicken!


This is a really easy dish to cook and is very flexible, you can more or less adapt it to your individual taste and you don’t necessarily have to use chicken; maybe try it with tender cubes of beef steak, lamb neck fillet or pork fillet.

The method I use is to cut the meat into bite sized chunks – not too small – and toss the pieces in seasoned flour to give the basic sauce consistency.

If you’re using chicken, I recommend using skinless and boneless thigh meat, it’s much tastier than breast meat and doesn’t dry out so much; also if you can find it, get a bunch of  fresh TARRAGON herb – it’s magic with chicken!


Chicken thighs – say 8 – 10

Streaky bacon

2 carrots – diced or cut into batons

Large red pepper

2 red onions

4 garlic cloves

Two good handfuls of sliced celery

Tin of chopped tomato

Half pint of cider

Button mushrooms

Fresh green chilli pepper – deseeded  (optional)


Fresh herbs for garnish

Plain flour

Salt & Pepper

Good cooking oil


Season the flour with salt and pepper, then lightly coat all the chicken pieces.

In a large pan or casserole fry the chicken pieces over a moderate heat till they are lightly browned – do this in batches if necessary so as not to crowd the pan.

When done put aside while you fry the diced bacon till almost crisp, then add the diced onion and garlic. You may need to add a little more oil to the pan  at this stage and be careful not to burn the onions as they become bitter.

Now return the chicken pieces to the pan followed by the diced carrots, the celery, the peppers and the tinned tomatoes, and a good handful of chopped Tarragon.

Add  the cider – or you can use a large glass of white wine and bring the pan up to a gentle boil to evaporate the alcohol and thicken the sauce – now cover and cook for 15- 20 minutes till the chicken is thoroughly cooked through.

During the last 10 minutes, add the button mushrooms or finely sliced larger ones.

TIP – if the sauce looks too watery, leave the lid off the pan and boil a little longer – if it looks to thick, add a little hot water.

While all this is finally cooking off, prepare some Rice or Potatoes or Pasta and some nice firm green vegetable – or just assemble a green salad to go with this dish.

Also prepare a good handful of fresh chopped herbs like PARSLEY, TARRAGON MINT, CHIVES or SPRING ONION for garnish.

Above all else – DON’T PANIC! This is a really uncomplicated and forgiving dish to make and the best thing of all is that it’s cheap, fulfilling and nutritious.

ENJOY! Ian Hessenberg

Safety Reminder: Oktoberfest

Munich OktoberfestDear Students,

We hope this message finds you enjoying your first few weeks abroad!  Many of you no doubt are making plans to travel during your semester abroad, which may include a trip to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.   This annual festival attracts over 6 million visitors from around the world and is a popular destination for SU Abroad students.   We hope you will consider the following travel-safety tips wherever you travel, but especially if attending this highly-populated festival.

  1. Alcohol consumption increases risk – Intoxication can lead to increased risk of being the victim of a crime and/or having a medical emergency.  Remember to drink responsibly and know your own limits.
  2. Watch out for your friends – Use the buddy-system and stay close together.  Be sure to make a plan of where to meet in case you get separated.  Have your cell phone charged and have your friends’ numbers on hand.  Plan how you and your friends will get home after 11 p.m.
  3. Be cautious of friendly strangers – While travelling abroad is a wonderful opportunity to meet people from around the world, be cautious of the company you keep.  Don’t give your cell phone number or hotel information to someone you’ve just met.  Remember that there are many stereotypes of American men and women; be aware of your verbal and non-verbal communication with strangers.
  4. Use common sense – Remember to exercise the same safety precautions that you would at home.  Don’t assume that you are safe since you are in a city where no one knows you.  Don’t travel with expensive or irreplaceable belongings.  Be aware of pick-pockets; keep your money, credit cards, and passport in a safe place.  Your passport is better kept locked in your luggage or hotel room safe than on your person.
  5. Bring SU Abroad emergency numbers – Be sure to have the SU London emergency phone number (07957473159) available as well as the SU Abroad main office number, 001-315-443-3471.
  6. Travel Advisories – The U.S. Department of State and ISOS are helpful places to review advisories prior to travel.

Ever year at least one student from an SU Abroad program has had a serious incident at Oktoberfest.  Follow these safety tips in order to be safe and have an enjoyable time.

Don’t forget if you’re planning any travel outside of London, you must fill in SU London’s online student travel form. Letting SU London staff know of your travel plans greatly aids our ability to offer help should a situation arise. Completing a travel form simply gives you an extra layer of comfort and security while you’re off exploring the world.

Wishing you a wonderful and safe semester!

BBC Radio broadcast legend chats with SU London students about the days of ‘pirate radio’

BBC Radio broadcaster Johnnie Walker poses with SU London students on the "Musical Mapping" course

BBC Radio broadcaster Johnnie Walker (center, back row) poses with SU London students on the "Musical Mapping" course

Broadcaster and author Johnnie Walker visited SU London this week to talk to students of the undergraduate music and culture course, Musical Mapping — which is part of the esteemed Bandier Program.

Johnnie, who currently works for the UK’s most listened to radio station, BBC Radio 2, took students through his famed career in broadcast, music and social history – recalling his role as an off-shore pirate radio DJ on Radio Caroline in the 1960s.

Johnnie explained how frustrations with monopoly radio – the entrenched unwillingness of the legal radio executives of the period to restructure programme schedules in order to accommodate the musical and cultural changes kick-started in the mid to late 1950s – led into a virulent rise in pirate radio broadcasting. As a result, it was the ‘pirates’ who became the taste-makers of burgeoning British and American music. So familiar were they with key record releases and emerging musical styles that many were credited with helping to ‘break’ domestic groups like The Animals, introduce listeners to key releases from debutant imprints like Island Records and to alert fans to the magnitude of imported musical movements like ‘The Motown Sound’. The personal and legal risks undertaken by Johnnie, his Radio Caroline bosses, colleagues and peers at Radio Luxembourg and Radio London were also shared.

Johnnie’s informal talk explored how the generational and social class divide that existed in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s was detectable on air on legal radio but rejected by the pirates who reveled in the less informal ‘self-op’ style of broadcasting who preferred to speak jocularly or emotively to their listeners. Walker recalled how listener appeal was reinforced by technological developments – with portable radio solidifying the relationship between this new brand of music broadcaster and fan, forever binding their shared, near obsessional, love of music.

Johnnie Walker’s visit is the first of several key visits to students of Musical Mapping, a new addition to the London’s Study Abroad course programme. Musical Mapping seeks to explore contemporary music’s relationship with social history and regional and national identity.

Click here to learn more about Johnnie Walker’s BBC Radio 2 programme.

Click here to learn more about SU’s Bandier Program.

Loving London Enough yet? Snap up the remaining LLW tix!!

This message comes from our lovely Student Life Coordinator, Linda Harkness, who has been the force behind this semester’s LOVE LONDON weekend:

Hi Everyone
Now that the dust has begun to settle following the mass sign up for Love London, I’ve had a look through and here is what’s still available:

Thursday night is for dance fans.  Grupo Corpo is one of Brazil’s foremost dance companies and I have front row seats for their latest show Ima & Onqoto – for just £15.  It’s Time Out’s Critic’s Choice by the way!

I still have tickets for South Pacific on Friday night at the Barbican.  This Tony award winning musical has come straight from the Lincoln Center, NewYork and we’re offering you great seats for just £15.  Read the review here

 We also still have some limited availability for One Man, Two Guvnors (Saturday matinee) at the National Theatre.  This was the hit of the summer in London and Saturday is the last performance – a snip at just £10.

The Belle’s Stratagem (Saturday night – just £5) has also just received 4 star reviews and we still have some tickets if you’re interested.

Also still available

Saturday @ 10:15  Bike Tour (£5 cost – but HEAVILY SUBSIDIZED!)

Saturday @ 10:45 Hampstead walking tour (free £10 deposit)

Saturday at 11am Shopping 101 (free £10 deposit)

Saturday @ 4:30 Cabinet War Rooms (£5)

Sunday @ 10.30 am Royal Walking tour (free, £10 deposit)

Sunday @ 11:15 Tour of Arsenal Football stadium (£10 cost)

Sunday @ 11:15 Lazy Sunday in Camden Town (free, no deposit)

Sunday @ 6:30 Comedy Club (Up the Creek Sunday Special) free with £10 deposit

I’ve put the meet times, not where you’ll be meeting so if you nee more advice either drop me an email or pop into the Student Life Office.

Look forward to seeing you in the office.  We don’t want to have to sell tickets back to the box office, specially as we’re offering you such bargains!

Not much to do in the evening? Come and borrow a DVD (or book, or CD) FREE of charge!

Up here in the Student Life office, SR109, we have a comprehensive selection of guide books covering London, Europe and beyond. We also have  a great collection of videos and DVDS and CDs including current British artistes like Jesse J, Kati B and Tinie Tempah. These are resources we have built up over our various terms of office (!) and we are quite happy to share these with you free of charge  –  but we do ask that you sign for items you take out on loan as we really do need to have them returned! See any of us in the Student Life  office if you are interested.


Spotted a London bargain? Tell us about it and win yourself ten pounds!

During your orientation period, we passed on several of our money-saving tips that we also have posted on the ‘Be Poundwise’ section of our website (here). You may have noticed by now that we reallt do want you to get the best value you can during your time in London: this is a great part of the motivation behind our organisation of the one-day field trips and ‘Love London Weekend’ activities.

Next time you are down in the Student Lounge, take a quick look at our ‘London Scout’ display. It is full of handy tips to help you save some money during your time in London. If you come across a money-saving tip why not email it into me – you just might be able to help your fellow students save some money and win yourself a crisp, new (okay, maybe not so new!) tenner! Each week we vote on the best money-saving tip we receive from students and the winner becomes our London Scout for the week and wins ten pounds – definitely worth a tweet or two! Your tip could be about any random subject – cheap haircuts, special offers on rail travel, the best place to buy vintage clothing at bargain-basement prices – anything you think has helped you and that is worth passing on.

So what are you waiting for? Get scouting! My email inbox awaits!

Taking a weekender abroad? Fill out the travel form!

Click here to fill out the travel form!An amazing advantage to living in a transportation hub like London is the easy travel available to points in Europe and beyond – and we want you to take advantage of this! However, when you head out to see the world, we want to ensure that you are as safe and secure as possible.

SU London requires that you let staff know any time you travel outside of London, and we’ve set up an easy, breezy online travel form for this purpose. This form is not meant to dissuade you from exploring, but exists just in case an adverse situation develops at your destination.

Click here to fill out the travel form, and please bookmark it for future travel plans.

While we don’t want to dictate your travel plans, we ask that you are smart when making them.  The US State Department issues two types of warnings about potentially dangerous travel, including:

  • short-term travel alerts (listed here), which describe “short-term conditions, either transnational or within a particular country, that pose significant risks to the security of US citizens”; and
  • long-term travel warnings (listed here), which alert citizens to “long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous [enough] to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country”.

Your time abroad is short and precious, and we want you to take advantage of the breadth of opportunities available to you, but traveling in the year 2011 unfortunately requires equal amounts of curiosity and vigilance.  By filling out our travel form, we can take a small bit of travel anxiety off of your shoulders.

Click here to fill out the travel form, and please bookmark it for future travel plans.

We wish you all the best, safe & happy travels.

Remember to bring your ISTANBUL form in!

The Istanbul  field trip is filling up fast, so remember to bring your form in as soon as you can if you aim to join us for this awesome trip! This is the most popular trip I have ever organised and with good reason:  it’s an unforgettable chance to visit this amazing city that straddles two continents and that has been the epicentre of  world-changing empires: Roman and Ottoman. You’ll be with people who know the city well and love it even more and with a wealth of experience to  hand we’ll have an itinerary that takes care of all the needs of the intrepid modern traveler! Round trip flights with British Airways? Check! Hotel right in the historic heart of Istanbul, three minutes from the Grand Bazaar? Check! Paid, guided entrance into all the major world-famous sites including the Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofya and Blue Mosque? Check! A boat trip to explore the Asian quarter? Check! Not to mention the opportunities to enjoy the sights and sounds of the whirling dervishes in a genuine nargilleh (water pipe) cafe, the luxury of a Turkish hamam (steam bath) and the memorable experiences of haggling for bargains in the bazaars! Your memories will last for ever and this is one experience you don’t want to miss!

Commemorating the 10th anniversary of September 11th at SU London


** Email by NOON TODAY, Thursday September 8th to sign up for tonight’s event, Gathering in Commemoration!

** Visit Charine John, Linda Harkness, or Brian Nocella in SR 109 by 5pm TODAY, Thursday, September 8th to sign up for St Paul’s Remembering with Hope event on Sunday.


Commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at St Paul's cathedral (pictured)Students,

As the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches, we want to let you know of the many ways you may choose to reflect here in London upon — what was for many — a day that changed the world. We know that for some of you this day may hold a tremendously powerful significance, and you should know that we are here to offer as much or as little help as you feel you need.


SU London will mark the anniversary in three ways:

Project Mosaic’s Gathering in Commemoration

  • Thursday, September 8th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Faraday House Auditorium
  • Reserve tickets by Tuesday, September 6th

Project Mosaic is a UK-based charity that teaches people to be more tolerant of those coming from different backgrounds. They promote interfaith and intercultural tolerance through lectures, film and talks. The Gathering in Commemoration will honor the nearly 3,000 people from dozens of countries who perished in the attacks on September 11, 2001 and remember all people killed in violence fueled by group hatred. Every nationality, faith and age group are welcome.

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance by Tuesday, September 6th. To secure a ticket, email

To learn more about Project Mosaic, visit their website here.

Remembering with Hope at St Paul’s Cathedral

  • Sunday, September 11th at 11:00am
  • St Paul’s Cathedral

SU London has secured a limited number of tickets to this remembrance service at St Paul’s Cathedral. This will surely be a poignant way to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Centre, as well as the 20th anniversary of the Fire Fighters Memorial Trust.

To secure a ticket, see Charine John in the Student Life Office (SR 109) by Wednesday, September 7th.

Visit St Paul’s Remembering with Hope website here.

East End Markets & Brick Lane Festival Tour

  • Sunday, September 11th at 9:45am
  • Meet at the Kindertransport Memorial by McDonald’s at Liverpool Street Station

While not a 9/11 commemoration per se, every semester we embark on this popular tour of the East End of London which allows students to see first hand the cultural and racial diversity of this global city. London is a community that has adapted to differences and newcomers remarkably well, and we think this is a fitting day to embrace harmonious diversity.

Sign-ups begin on Wednesday, 31st August at the Housing Desk at Faraday House. There is a £5 refundable deposit due when you sign up for this trip.

Learn more about the trip here.


We can only imagine the stresses you are feeling as you settle into a new city and home, start your classes, meet new friends, and deal with varying degrees of culture shock. Only you can decide what is the best way to mark this anniversary, but you should feel comforted to know that while you are far away from home — you are a member of a community that is here to reflect alongside you during this time.