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2 Oct 2006

Nic,

Reckon your right on both counts, we were rubbish at organising our own 70's do and we should focus on encouraging as many as possible to go to Blackpool next year. I am already on the case and have recently made Shippo, Paddy Hawkins and Al Copley aware of the reunion. I am hoping to meet up with all three soon and will do my best to get them to Blackpool. All I need now is to contact Shuffs, Jock Dempster and John Henry and a few others so if anyone is in contact with Nigel Shufflebottom or the other two please let them know how to get in touch.

Scot Innes (M73-76)

2 Oct 2006

Hi to Scott Innes, Nic Cuthbertson, Alan Savage (and brothers)I remember you all well......considering the time gap, Scott I spoke to andy (jock) Dempster last week, he lives local,and mentioned the re-union, he said that he will make the effort to come down. I'll be trying to organise a little "posse" of my own, including my younger brother, and hopefully, my two brothers in law Dougie and william (Billy) Whitefield, who were both marlboroites from the 70's, you may remember them.

Tom Mc Carthy (C71-76

3 Oct 2006

Tom, Thanks for the message, if you see Jock (Andy) remind me to him and say I hope to see him in Blacpool. Where is local by the way? The names you mentioned ring a bell but I am afraid the memory is fading fast as middle - old age descends. It does seem like the new venue is attracting more of our Northern/Scottish Members so well done to the decision makers and organisers.

Scot Innes (M73-76)

4 Oct 2006

hi jock just a wee message to let u know iv got in contact wi willie victor and a number for wee stillie and have let them know ud like to hook up so wel need to get something sorted pal.... nic im only working part time now so iv been like a private detective trying to go thro al my old phone books to find as many of the 70's crew i can find for Blackpool, wel try oor best bud ha ha nightmare eh !!...sandy i mind you well from sandringham, glad your ok,keep in touch n hope uv booked june
next year in your diary for Blackpool !! take care to all, celia

Cecelia Begley (S74-77)

4 Oct 2006

Tom,

Make sure Frank gets to Blackpool.Mike 'Big Yin' Price and myself are planning to be there and we want a Dorm 2 Re-union. Anyone know where Jim Mair lives now? Cheers

Mick Hughes (C74-77)

Sorry to say that it seems as though there may have been a problem with the webmail form between 4th Oct and the 21st Oct. If anyone posted then please repost as I didnt get them.

Bill C.

21 Oct 2006

Well Hello Ronnie Willians, How the devil are you, it was great to see your name appear in the visitors book, I am still in contact with Frank Knight, John Oshea, Jerry Astbury. In fact I have a copy of the roll call book from 1962, dont ask how I came by it, and the house Photograph from the same time. I attended the last Big reunion at Newbury with Frank and John, and we will be going to the next one, it would be great if you could make it to, One of my best memories of you, was the EELS your mum used to send you, and we all got to share it. And I also remember how you where mad keen on Astronomy. Any way you take care, Hope to hear from you soon.

Billy"Titch"Wilson. (M60-62)

24 Oct 2006

No worries Mick,it looks like dorm 2 are back on the bogy patrol once again... hope the hotel has'nt got long corridors!! Frank says he's looking forward to Blackpool, and just think.. you don't even have to drink out of shampoo bottles!!!
SEE YA

Tom Mc Carthy (C71-76)

25 Oct 2006

Sorry to hear about Donna Wright. I believe she used to play mixed hockey on Wednesday's and was in Mr Bugden's A'level Art.Shall be at the Soest Fair [Allerheiliges Kirmes] in November with my brother Russell [Sandringham 1977-1982] and wives and families. Flying out two weeks today/tomorrow if Air Berlin don't change the times again! Hope to see Jakki and Yvette, will come and up and say hello this time!!

Keith Askew (S74-81)

26 Oct 2006

Hi To Bobby Hoffman Just seen your message from August How are you ? Still winning all the sports events on your own?
It would be nice to hear from you again (and anyone else from that era) What about Mark Day( not politically correct these days but always known as Fatman, or 'famat in our lingo) Anyone remember him sitting in the middle of the table while we took turns at shaving his head? I think John Redfearn was involved as well.

Dave Savage (C70-74)

26 Oct 2006

Tried to post this at the beginning of the month - maybe it was the reason for the breakdown of the system. It is an appeal from us for others to join us on the committee - I suggested Scot Innes and/or Tiny since they seem to be pretty active on the Visitors page. The job is not an onerous one - two or three meetings a year and these can be done by the conference call system - even I was able to do attend the last one from the comfort of my own home. Contact Bob Jordan if you are at all interested and he will give you a good run-down on what is entailed. How about it Scot and Tiny? I would have written to you individually but I do not have your email address, anyway there might be hordes of others just itching to join the committee so this is probably better.

If you can't remember me just think of Marlborough, Football and Westtuennen. Two questions for all who read this

1. what are the next members of the following sets of triples?
(3,4,5),(5,12,13),(7,24,?) - I taught maths too.

2. Name the Premier League Champions for the past two seasons.

Hope that this makes it this time.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

27 Oct 2006

I think Scot would be a great committee member, well recommended Mr Hern (sorry old habits and all that), I'd volunteer myself but for being too busy you understand. My only misgiving would be that the committee becoming a bit Marlborough top heavy, only joking ;-) Anyway, as to your mini quiz the next number in the sequence is 25, my working! I hear you say! well, (1) 3 squared plus 4 squared is 25, the sqaure root of 25 is 5 (2) 5 squared plus 12 squared is 169, the square root of 169 is 13, (3) 7 squared plus 24 squared is 625, the square root of 625 is 25, As for the second question, I can't find myself saying the name without choking being a Spurs man meself, but I think it's Chelski. Hope you make the Blackpool reunion. All the best

Sean Cockroft (H74-76)

27 Oct 2006

Nice to see Geoff Hern posting, hope you are well. You didn't teach me 'A - Level' Maths, I had Gordon Lees and the other chap who chained smoked even more (? Mr Kingston). I actually played him in one of the Sixth Form Christmas Reviews. Are you still in touch with either of them? If so please pass on my best wishes and thanks, because I actually passed!!!

Dave Naylor (H64-67)

27 Oct 2006

Hey young Cockcroft tried to answer the questions but sadly he has not R.T.B.Q. - work that one out unless you remember it. Not just the next number but the next two TRIPLES in the set of triples - oh dear. If you were to write down the next two or three lines and then look for pattern you would see that life is worthwhile. Anyway thanks for trying and for your pitiful excuse about not volunteering for thecommittee. Talk to Bob - you can't be more busy than he is and he's been running it since the start!!

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

27 Oct 2006

Sean, You can never have enough of Marlborough!
Sean was never great at Maths...or good excuses..LOL
I cant remember any tiny's from my time, probably all from Scot's year or higher. The tallest guy we had in our year in Marlborough was Twiggy

Tony Reilly (M73-76)

27 Oct 2006

Flippin heck Mr Hern, think i'd rather have the lash. PS In my defence, I did only see one question mark, but am working towards the new answer right now.

Sean Cockroft (H74-76)

ps Please Mr Hern sir, is the answer (9,40,41) (11,60,61) ;-)

28 Oct 2006

Perfect Sean just perfect - you see I can praise when it is deserved. Just one small point, and there always has to be one since I was a teacher, you have not explained how you got them. There is a lot of mathematics here especially if you write them down underneath each other in three columns

3, 4, 5
5, 12, 13
7, 24, 25
etc

There are several questions that follow naturally. Could you write down any line. For example what about the line starting with 237 as the first number? Could you write don the general line which starts with n (or better still (2n+1), why is that better?). Amazing what a little pattern can do.

Looking forward to your answer and what about all the rest of you?
Volunteered for the committee yet?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

28 Oct 2006

Goeff, In answer to your problem. taking the columns a
x, y, z
3, 4, 5

the the progression is always x+a, y+b, z+c where a is constant @ 2, b=b+4 and c=c+4 where the first sequence is a=2, b=8, b=8 which gives

x, y, z
5, 12, 13

and I'm still looking for other paterns.
I might Volunteer if the pays Good!!

Malcolm Brunsdon (E67-69)

29 Oct 2006

If you don't mind I think i'll let Tony answer that one Mr Hern, I could do, you understand, but don't want to grab all the glory. Oh looks like Bruno has had a bash, Now I know Malcolm quite well and I reckon he's either got his wife Cheryl or brother Phil to help him on this one.
;-)

Sean Cockroft (H74-76)

29 Oct 2006

Glad to see that my little problem has provoked some response altough people seem to be 'passing the buck' a bit when it comes to the line beginning with 237 or even the general line beginning with n or 2n+1. Don't mind wives being involved, it is what modern teachers would call group work. One little hint, I remember this bit being discovered by a group of lads in Maths Block Room 8, try adding the last two numbers in each triple and compare the sum with the first number. It is all yours Sean, Dave and Malcolm (and Cheryl) - it is strange but I remember all the names but the faces? That is what advanced age does to you. Actually 71 today but no cards please.Still no real volunteers for the committee and Scot and Tiny seem to be ignoring this. If I can do it .....

Dave.In answer to your query about Gordon Lees and Brian Kingston. Sadly Gordon died a few years ago but Kingo is still doing well and we exchange Christmas cards each year.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

30 Oct 2006

Happy Birthday Mr Hern, hope it's a good one.

Sean Cockroft (H74-76)

That will be from all of us sir... :-)

30 Oct 2006

Looking for Semple, Sleeman, M.Rockett and others from 1970

Ian Lister (H69-72)

30 Oct 2006

I write in response to the comments made by my honourable friend Mr Hern, probably the finest teacher with a beard. I would welcome the opportunity of offering my services to the committee and refute the suggestions by other contributors that they are too busy.The mere fact that this message board is viewed constantly by those mortal souls who search in hope and quite frankly, desperation for some flicker of recognition, that their miserable little lives meant something to others in the dark distant past, it surely warrants effort from those same people to contribute a few moments of their valuable time. I find it difficult to beleive that there are some of you who do not remember me from the seventies era, tall, good looking, record holder for the 100 metres, marlborough football captain, good looking, tall, and general lovely bloke. if i had a fault, it would be my modesty. Mr Hern, i salute you and fell embittered and guilty that i did not pay more attention to your pearls of wisdom, you will note that unlike the poor saps that have responded to your sums quiz, i have far too much self respect and dignity to lowere myself to joining in, suffice to say, i think it is twelve and i am not saying who told me. I wait to be washed and scrubbed and offermyself in a wanton manner for the commitee to uses me as they will.

Paul "Tiny" Mcdermott (M77-79)

Welcome aboard Paul ......... Bill C

31 Oct 2006

Dear Geoff

I have enjoyed the exchanges in the visitors' book as a result of your maths teaser. I only did O Level maths (50 years ago!) but I gave it a go. (I couldn't work out how to type the little "2" to denote a squared number so I've had to write it sqd!)

1. a sqd + b sqd = c sqd This gives the missing number in row 3 of 25

2. However, c = b + 1 so the formula at 1. above can be re-written as:
a sqd + b sqd = (b+1)sqd

3. Expanding out the brackets gives: a sqd + b sqd = b sqd + 2b + 1

4. Cancelling out the b sqd from each side gives: a sqd = 2b + 1

5. So, to work out b in terms of a we need to deduct 1 and divide by 2: b = (a sqd-1)/2
From that we can calculate the next 2 rows:
9 40 41
11 60 61

Now, further to your 29th Oct entry about calculating the nth row I must confess that I sought help from my daughter - she did do A Level maths - and she said the following

"The trick is knowing how to calculate the nth odd number. The following works: nth odd number = 2n+1 Thus we can say the nth set of numbers in the series is as follows:
(2n+1, ((2n+1)sqd -1)/2, (2n+1)sqd -1)/2+1)
This simplifies down to (2n+1, 2n sqd + 2n, 2n sqd + 2n +1)
From that you can generate as many numbers in the series as you like."

She said she hadn't had as much fun for ages!

Gill Walker

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