21st January 2000 at 00:00
For Maths Year 2000, John Bibby is organising six MathFests. Provisional arrangements are: Maths and Time, Oxford, January 22-30; Maths takes Shape (maths and art) in the South-west, April 15-22, Maths at Work in the North-west, May 6-13, Maths @ Play in NottinghamshireLeicester, July 3-11, Maths and People (statistics) in York, October, and Maths, Money and the Future in London, January 2001. Details: on the Maths Year 2000 website at; e-mai: or tel: 0207 637 8800.

Oware, the mathematical board game invented by Africans and played along the Nile valley around 3500BC, is gaining popularity in schools. European tournaments for all ages at novice and championship level are being held from February 22-27 at the International Festival des Jeux-Palais des Festivals in Cannes, southern France.

Details: The Oware Society, tel: 0181 265 9905; e-mail:

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