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To commemorate the passing of Professor Barrie Pettman, Vice President of ROSL and generous funder with his wife Maureen of the Pettman/ROSL Scholarship for a New Zealand Chamber Ensemble, the newly formed Pettman Ensemble will be performing an evening of chamber music at the London clubhouse on Wednesday 29 November. 

Blue Monday is more than just an 80's classic and smash hit for New Order, it is also the name given to the third Monday in January, said to be the most depressing day of the year, according to experts. 

On the 20 November 1917, the allies smashed a seven-mile wide, four-mile deep hole in the Germans’ toughest defences near Cambrai. In six hours, they had advanced further than they had in three months at Passchendaele. Yet by 1 December, after a German counter attack, both sides held roughly the same territory as at the beginning of the bloody battle. So, can we truly say this battle was a success? 

Our Younger Members are part of a lively social scene for the under 35s. They are organised in part by the club, but at the helm are a dedicated committee made up of younger members who have got involved with various parts of the Royal Over-Seas League, whether it’s helping at events or sitting on Central Council. 

Last night members and their guests gathered at our London clubhouse for this popular staple of the ROSL event calendar. Starting in the central lounge, there was a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones over a glass of wine, before the concert started. 

Do you speak my language? If you ask that question at ROSL, the answer will more than likely be yes. A quick tally of staff members here at the London clubhouse revealed that between us, we speak an incredible 32 languages, including some exotic dialects such as Doric and Cherokee. Add to that our hugely diverse international membership and you are more than likely to find someone with your native tongue. 

We'd like to invite you to a new discussions series taking place in the Drawing Room of the London clubhouse, hosted by the Arts Society and ROSL ARTS. Curated by arts correspondent for The Guardian, Maev Kennedy, Drawing Room Discussions is an opportunity to hear from some high profile cultural figures on topics that captivate them. 

Whether you're in Edinburgh or London over the festive period, our members will be singing loud and clear, so join in the carols and get into the Christmas spirit. 

It’s that time of year again where people across the world don a poppy as a sign of remembrance. The most common poppy you will see is the red one, but increasingly over the last few years people have taken to wearing a white poppy instead. But what is the difference? 

Here at ROSL we are very lucky to have HM The Queen as our Patron, serving in the role for many years, alongside HRH Princess Alexandra as our Vice-Patron. In today's article we look back at the visit she made to Over-Seas House, London, with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, on 8 March 1990.