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1 Aug 2007
I think the phrase
is "In your dreams Nic Cuthbertson'  when were the lads at WBS
ever ahead? 'Warped with time' hardly sums it up. Michael Davis? Very
sorry but although again the name rings bells the face has gone. Remind
me when, and at what level, I taught you. However you do know some maths,
your next two numbers are correct and the formula too although it is
only one of the many possible ones. It would have been better, exteachers
always have to criticise, if you had told us how you solved the problem.
Sean is itching to know and is probably losing sleep over it. August's
problem is on its way  don't get too excited.
Geoff Hern (M6080)

1 Aug 2007
Right folks The
answer to Mr Herns problem, took me a few days to get the grey cellworking
again. I had sent I thought the next numbers in the sequence before
but maybe I forgot to post the message. The first thing as Geoff says
is to recognise the sequence, but looking at the difference between
to numbers you get another range of numbers such that:
72, 21 > 51;
21, 10 > 11;
10, 39 > 29;
39, 108 > 69;
108, 217 > 109;
an interesting fact
about the second set of numbers is that the difference between them
is constant at 40, knowing this helps you extrapolate the sequence both
forwards and backwards. Thus the next intermediate numbers after 109
is 149, so the next number in our main sequence is 217  (149) = 366;
following the same principle you get 149 > 189. 366  (189) =
555; Now back to the question of the equation. Plot the graph, how you
say? look for the minima and plot the points either side of that with
the minima as 0 on the x axis. does it help well it proves that the
curve is parabolic and is therefore a quadratic as all quadratic equations
produce a parabolic curve our minima in the sequence is 10 so y=10 when
x=0 therefore from the general quadratic equation ax^2 + bx + c = 0
we can substitute x=0 and get the value for c=10 as x^2 and x are both
0.
next let x=1 y=39
therefore ax^2 + bx + c = 39
by substitution we get a + b + 10 = 39
a + b = 29
b = 29  a; remember that value
let x = 2; y = 108;
using our previous values we get
4a + 2b + 10 = 108
4a + 2(29  a) + 10 = 108
4a + 58  2a + 10 = 108
2a = 40
a = 20
now for b;
using the same method I solved for b using x=  1
giving a=11+b
so ax^2 + bx + c
= 72 when x = 2
we get 4a  2b + 10 = 72
sub a
4(11 + b)  2b + 10 = 72
44 + 4b  2b + 10 =72
2b = 18
b=9so our formula is
20x^2 + 9x + 10
= 0
try it and see go
from 9 to +9 you should get the following sequence
1549, 1218, 927, 676, 465, 294, 163, 72, 21, 10, 39, 108, 217, 366,
555, 784, 1053, 1362, 1711
so proving that
even those who where taught by Mr Hern in the sixties have still got
it. Sorry folks it is so long but what the heck. good to know the grey
cells still work.
Malcolm Brunsdon
(E6769)

2 Aug 2007
hi nic nice to know
someone remembers me.you probably have more recollections of memories
of verhte where we lived,playing football between the blocks of flats
that always turned into rugby.we didnt really associate much back at
school apart from when we met between lessons and after school,but good
memories all the same.i also remember your sister jill.sean i thought
you might remember me as every time i was with you,especially in r.e.s.
i always ended up with a thud on the back of my head,administered by
p.b.i was even put in the frame as a possible cause for you entering
the greenhouse via the top.remember me yet?long hair and glasses,like
quite a few others at that time maybe it will come back to you.there
are so many other things i could mention but they can wait.
Tony Lister(S7476)

2 Aug 2007
Congratulations
Malcolm Brunsdon  what do you do for a living?. A neat formula and
wellexplained (How condescending is that?). However when you have done
a few of these you do not need to do all the algebra. You can just look
at the differences  first and second  and not only see that it is
quadratic (How?) but you can also write down a formula just by looking
at the differences. To paraphrase Fermat  he of the last theorem 
' This space is not good enough for me to explain things' but if you
'went general' by considering the ax^2 + bx + c you could see how to
get the a, b and c from the difference table. You've gone this far why
not try it.
Geoff Hern (M6080)

2 Aug 2007
Geoff given a set
of data and pairing the said data, say (1,72), (2,21), (3,10), etc,
AND noting the constant difference after subtracting the data sequence
two times e.g.
72 21 10 39 108 217
51 11 29 69 109
40 40 40 40
one draws the conclusion you have to solve for the constants in quadratic
equation (y = ax^2 +bx +c). The rest is plain sailing. As for myself
you were my Alevel maths teacher – pure and applied – in
the days the class size was only 2 or 3 pupils.
Michael Davis (E7376)

4 Aug 2007
To answer your question
Geoff, of what do I do. I currently work in Project Management, previously
I have worked as an Electronics Engineer, then Software Engineer, Information
analyst, Training Consultant before moving into my current role. Its
sometime since I needed my Maths skills but nice to think they can be
recalled.
Malcolm Brunsdon
(E6769)

8 Aug 2007
Hope all you maths
freaks who appear to have taken over the visitors book will be watching
what promises to be a fascinating documentary about four mathematicians
 DANGEROUS KNOWLEDGE (BBC 4 @ 10.05, 8.8.07 & repeats) and taking
notes  they all committed suicide!
Robin Anderson (B6366)

9 Aug 2007
Mr Hern  with my
CSE grade 1 in Maths I don't even understand the question never mind
the answer! As far as the footy's concerned I'm on more solid ground
as it were  I was part of the successful team which won the Inter Schools
tournament (1975?).Names which I recall are Steve Hollis, Martin &
Simon Brindley, Scott Innes,Pete Dyche,Sam Weller,Ken Dogson,Terry Leahy.I
also have vague recollections of attempting to down copious amounts
of german beer from a large glass boot & getting soaked in the process!
Happy days eh?!
Neil Carrick (H7275)

11 Aug 2007
Lol....Good to see
that maths lessons have the same effect on the forums as they did 30
years ago... .everyones done a runner.
Said in a very repectful manner so as not to upset all the maths types
and (doffs cap) Mr Hern off course.
Tony Reilly (M7376)

11 Aug 2007
BBC 4? Would love
to see it but we retired maths teachers can only get the four 'steam'
channels on TV  I'll have to wait until it gets repeated on BBC 2 but
Euler was not one of them!! My 'sincere' apologies that you think that
the visitors book has been taken over by Maths  mea maxima culpa! 
but nevertheless, since I always keep a promise and I've also lived
with the 'maths freak' tag for a long time, here is August's problem
 bet you couldn't wait. Prompted by John Bartlett's hotel question,
here is another question from mathematics history which has travelled
the continents. It probably first appeared in China in Zhang Quijian's
Mathematical Manual in 475 AD as: A rooster is worth 5 coins, a hen
is worth 3 coins and 3 chicks are worth together 1 coin. With 100 coins
we buy 100 fowls. How many of each do we buy? Zhang gives three different
answers. Can you get them? Try it Tony Reilly!! No more maths questions
from me until September and that's another promise.
Geoff Hern (M6080)

11 Aug 2007
HI everyone,
Just been looking at the photos of the Blackpool reunion, looks like
you all had a good time, I recognise the usual suspects but can anyone
tell me who the guy facing the camera on Bill's pic ro38 is. The face
is familiar but can't get the name. Regards to you all,
John Fisher (H6568)

12 Aug 2007
to John Fisher The
face in Bill Craswell's photo no. 38 is me. I remember your name but
it was 39 years ago when you left Windsor and the memory has faded.
Don't know if you remember Mike Stafford, Mick Fulker, Allister Pollock
(deceased) who were my old dorm mates. Maybe you can make the next reunion
and I can put a face to your name. The Blackpool reunion was a great
chance to meet some old Windsonians. Hopefully the next one will be
better attended
Dave Seales (M6670)

13 Aug 2007
To Dave Seales 
if you want to put a face to John Fisher  there's a photo of him on
my web page from the last Newbury visit. By the way, we used to say
"Windsorite" when we were at school as a descriptor, rather
than Windsonian  will this spark a debate, I wonder? :) (makea a diversion
from maths!) Best wishes  Pam
Pamela Ross (StJ6368)

14 Aug 2007
Hi Pam, Hi Dave,
Pam, is that photo the one which shows the tattoo on my forehead? Dave,
our paths must have crossed at some stage if only in the corridors.
Perhaps you were in the school athletics team or played guitar? regards
John
John Fisher (H6568)

14 Aug 2007
If anyone is interested
in the solution(s) to Geoff’s problem it is given below:
Let R be the number of roosters, H, the number of hens and C the number
of chicks. Then
R + H + C = 100 And 5R+ 3H + C = 100
Since there are 3 unknowns but only 2 equations, there are more than
one solution to the problem.
Eliminating C
7R+ 4H = 100
From this equation one can deduce that R is a multiple of 4.
R: 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, ...
H: 18, 11, 4, 3 , 10, ..
C: 78, 81 ,84, 87, 90,..
Since R, H and C must be positive integers the problem results in three
solutions:
Solution 1: 4, 18 and 78 ( Roosters, Hens, and Chicks)
Solution 2: 8, 11 and 81
Solution 3: 12, 4 and 84
The problem can be also solved by considering increasing and deceasing
ratios but I am sure Geoff will give this solution method.
Michael Davis (E7376)

15 Aug 2007
I was gigging in
Germany last weekend where I met a fan from Hamm! I was given an article
from the local Hamm press featuring a story on the former Windsor Girls
School site. From what I can gather it is to be developed into a housing
estate 3 months from now. I shall scan the pictures and forward them
to the Society if anyone is interested to see the artists impression
of the development. From the drawing it appears the main buildings may
be left intact.
Mick Hughes (C7477)

16 Aug 2007
Hi Dave Seales,your
name rings a whistle........I think you were more in my brother James
era however I still recognise the names you mentioned particularly Mike
Stafford.Do you know where he or his brother Philip are now? James and
I have been to 3 reunions so far but missed the Blackpool one.We will
make more of an effort to get to the next one.There were a number of
my siblings @ the school in the 60,s and 70,s including James,Peter
& David all in Marlborough & Christine who was in Balmoral house
at WGS.Happy Days.
Ralph Bennett (M6268)

16 Aug 2007
Interesting information
from Mick Hughes. I'll be off to the Sauerland for a holiday next week
 anybody remember those D of E camps at Altenilpe and the Rambling
Club walks of the 1970s? We'll be staying at Dorlar where Steve Gulley,
Gerry Bird et al gave their 'kippers a steam' a la Milligan in the stream
there on our walk from Mohnesee to Altenilpe. I pay homage every time
I'm there. Whatever happened to Steve? So I might check out the WGS
site to see if I can find out more. Don't know if I can stand to check
out WBS though since the last time I was there a couple of years ago
it really was very depressing  nostalgia is not what it used to be
 overgrown front and back fields, goalposts still there but crossbars
halfdown and even  sacrilege!!  small trees growing out of the gratings
in front of the Maths Block. I read in the local paper at the time that
it was proposed to make the WBS site into the fire and rescue centre
for the Hamm area. Hey a posting from me and not a maths problem in
sight  another promise kept. BUT Michael Davis  a perfect answer and
just as Euler would have done it  he gave the definitive solution to
Diophantine equations.
Geoff Hern (M6080)

16 Aug 2007
Hi My Name is Michele
Wilkinson i was in Marlborough House,and would like to say Hello to
all Who Knew me and would like to get in contact with anyone from my
time at Windsor.
Michele Wilkinson
(M7783)

17 Aug 2007
Mick, Geoff and
anyone else who’s looking in. Some info on the developement of
WGS can be found on www.waonline (rather crude translations can be
found in the exwindsorbfpo site) once in the weonline webpage its possible
to do a search for Argonner Kaserne or Newcastle barracks to get to
the stories, there also some interesting articles on theives stripping
stuff out of WBS and Cromwell barracks. From what I can gather the assembly
hall/main teaching block is scheduled for use by the Fire Service.
Phil McGregor (C7376)

17 Aug 2007
All this talk of
walking through the woods in the Sauerland  Geoff, are you by chance
the teacher from the Boys' School who used take mixed groups for walks
 we used to be walking along a nice lane in the wood and the teacher
would say, "this is too boring  let's try this!" and head
off the track and up a muddy hillside, scrambling through the trees,
only to eventually arrive back on the same track, one hour later and
ten yards further on? Some of my mother's relations came from the Sauerland
(my grandfather was from Warstein)  as well as her cousin having been
stationed at the Dannevoux Kaserne during the war. I always intended
going back  maybe it will have to wait till I retire (not so long to
go now  isn't that amazing?!)
Pamela Ross (StJ6368)

18 Aug 2007
Hi Michelle Wilkinson
& Kevin Eldridge, Michelle you have my number give me a ring soon
for an early annual chat and Kev I will get in touch with you soon.
I know I am not the easiest of people to keep in touch with and to catch
up on what has been happening over the last 20+ years but please bear
with me Cath Wickens, Tony Rood, Janet & Lordy Martindale, Chris
Rees, Mark Freemantle, Jeff Greenall and Mr. Bugden I will return my
email to you all. Love Denise
Denise Keen (hippy)
(M8083)

18 Aug 2007
Yes Pamela I'm
afraid that it was me but from your dates you must have been on one
of the earlier walks probably as part of the Sixth Form Society. It
developed from that and in the 70s we used to go out once a month and
I usually managed to fit in one of those 'diversions' that you mention.
Some students wisedup to it and refused to climb but then of course
we would not come back down to the same track  how silly I was. The
WGS/WBS Rambling Club  as we pretentiously called ourselves  became
quite an activity in the 70s. It developed from the joint Duke of Edinburgh's
Award Activity. I love the Sauerland and go back regularly  another
one of those nostalgia things. Perhaps I should move there before it's
too late  if it's not too late already. Warstein?  knowit well as
nearby Hirschberg was another favourite area of mine.
Geoff Hern (M6080)

18 Aug 2007
I cant believe
I am writing with sad news so soon after my Mothers death in February
of this year, but I have to tell those of you who remember my Father,
Peter Kitchen of Marlborough house and a member of staff at Windsor
Boys School from 1958 1981, that he very sadly and suddenly passed
away yesterday afternoon having spent a week in Derbyshire visiting
me and my family.My brother lindsay and sister Miriam(Min) are absolutely
devastsated and can only think that having been so devoted to Mum for
so many years whilst she was so ill, just couldnt face life without
her. He was a totally dedicated teacher and housemaster and those of
you who remember him know how he gave of his all whilst we lived in
Hamm. He did the same looking after Mum and had a tough time. We were
hoping he was going to have a few years of doing things with us and
relaxing a little, but it was not to be. Our only consolation is that
he is now with Mum in a better place and that he spent most of the last
6months with his familyin fact he left our house yesterday morning
to go home to get ready for Mins 40th birthday celebrations this weekend.
Once we know funeral arrangements I will post another message but it
is unlikely to be before the end of next week.It will be at the crematorium
in Boston, Lincolnshire.
Virginia Street(Kitchen)
(M7179)

19 Aug 2007
Virginia, Lindsay
and Min  what very sad news! Please accept my sincere condolences.
As you know I worked with Peter for 17 or so years as a duty master
in Marlborough. What a dedicated man he always was, he never sought
the limelight and just got on with the job of running a great (the best)
house. This dedication was an integral part of his makeup and you can
be sure that many former members of Marlborough, although some may not
have realised it at the time, will know that they owe a great deal to
Peter and the stability that he gave to their lives whilst they were
at WBS. He was always great to work with and, it goes without saying,
always put the lads first. I have many happy memories which makes it
all the more sad that he is no longer with us.
Geoff Hern (M6080)

20 Aug 2007
dear virginia, sorry
to hear of your fathers sad passing. he was a great housemaster and
will be sadly missed, i had hoped to meet your father in blackpool this
year,but sadly he did not attend. thinking of you and your family at
this sad time.
Dougie Whitefield
(7175)

20 Aug 2007
Virginia, So sorry
to hear the news about Mr Kitchen. My condolences to you and your family.
Tony Reilly (M7376)

20 Aug 2007
Hi Michelle, I remember
you very well. Last thing I heard was that you were married and living
in Malta. (I think your mum was from there) I think you can contact
me through the members list or through friends reunited, as they dont
give out email addresses any more on here.
Carolyn Meakin (M7679)
Email
addresses are available for members  just email me and I will forward
your address to the person you want to contact.

21 Aug 2007
Dear Virginia,Lindsay
and Min, I was truly saddened to read the news about your fathers passing.He
was a lovely man.I remember your mother too and know he was a dedicated
husband who cared for her so much. He will be greatly missed by all
the students and staff who knew him.
Ralph Bennett (M6268)

21 Aug 2007
Virginia,Lindsay
and Miriam would like to thank everyone for their kind messages following
their fathers sudden death last week. We would like to let you know
that his funeral will be on August 30th at 1.20pm at the crematorium
in Boston, Lincolnshire. I know he would be glad if as many ex colleagues
and pupils could join the three of us and remember this fabulous man.
We lookforward to seeing as many of you as possible next week.
Virginia Street(Kitchen)
(M7179)

22 Aug 2007
So sorry to hear
of the sad passing of Mr Kitchen. He, with Geoff Hern, ran the best
house (Marlborough) in the school! Hard to beleive that I last saw him
almost 40 years ago! He was a good man. I had him for german (with Pete
Larner), and my brother, Robert, was under his wing in the CCF.
Michael Downey
(M6568)

22 Aug 2007
Virginia,Lindsay
and Miriam, Sorry I cant be with you on 30th August, as I live in Hampshire.
My thoughts go out to you, I lost my own Dad just over a year ago, I
can remember your Dad taking me through my RAF Cadet theory training.
Still got the Cadet Record of Service.
Malcolm Brunsdon (S62 64 & E67  69)

22 Aug 2007
Hi I was a pupil
at windsor girls school from 1970 to 1972 I don't know the exact month
I started there! I left in the summer of 1972 I think! I was in sandringham
house I have some good but mostly bad memories of the place due to some
girls who were intent on making some of us very unhappy! The best day
of my life was when I left,but there you go you can't please everybody!
If anyone remembers me I am on the friends reunited website so drop
me a line.
Kim Porter (S7072)

23 Aug 2007
Hi my name is Steve
Jones I was in Caernarvon Hse from 79/81.both my brothers were in the
same hse, Mike(city) and Ollie.My Sister was at Wgs Bettina.Im looking
for the were abouts of Micheal Wragg or Frank Challis, Billy Graves,
Micheal Cox, or anyone from Osnabruck and from my days at Windsor who
knew me.
Steve Jones (C7981)

25 Aug 2007
Hello Carolyn (Amos)
& Michele (Wilkinson), Carolyn, I received you email from Friends
Reunited & I can't believe where the time has gone! Richard 21 and
probably doesn't even remember his God Mum!
Would love to get in touch with you again. Michele, well nearly 30 years
have gone by since we've seen each other so I don't know if you'll remember
me. Hope your Parents are well and would love to hear from you. Did
you keep in touch with Pucky? I Still live in Ashby (4 doors down from
Mum & Dad if you still have the address) Don't know how soon my
details will be undated if you want to wait and get the details from
here. And to anyone else who knows me. Would love to hear from you!
Suzanne (Fuller)
Elliott (M7678)

25 Aug 2007
From Visitors
Book 17 April 2006  I would be delighted to hear from anyone who knew
Charlie Craddock Number H54, during the period 1953 to1959. Maybe Jimmy
Quinn/Colin Rose/ Karen Haley/ Mike Stocks Angela Woodhead or the House
and School cricket team ??  Karl Craddock H 5359
I've been looking back through the visitors book in search of anybody
from the 1950s and I came across this one. Yes, I remember Charlie Craddock.
You helped Hillsborough win the cricket cup in 1956. There is a house
photo for that year available, with a good number of names on. A few
of us Hillsboroughites, from the 50s, including Pete Porter and Ken
Squires, have been corresponding for some time now and we have been
hoping that Jimmy Quinn would find his way to one of the ex Windsor
sites but he hasn't turned up yet. The other names you mention, I'm
afraid I don't recall.
Bob Stocks (H6 54
 57)

28 Aug 2007
Hello Neil Carrick
Saw your message at end of last month. Glad to know there is someone
out there from our group. Matti couldn't make the reunion either as
it was her son's 21st, but hopefully will be at the next one. I saw
Bobby Hoffman a few weeks ago as he was in London. He was very well
and would be up for meeting a few more people next time he is over,
so keep in touch.
Loraine McMillan
(H7376)

29 Aug 2007
Sorry to hear
of the passing of Mr Kitchen and may I offer my condolences to Virginia,
Lindsay and Miriam. I have two memories of your father, one with me
as a hopeless pupil struggling to grasp basic German grammar and the
second when he chased me and other Dorm 2 reprobates from Caernarvon
House along the BackDyke. There we were, strolling along passing
around our Peter Stuyvesant when out of nowhere came Mr Kitchen at
full speed on his WD bicycle. We managed to escape but due to the
lurid 1970's garb we favoured at the time we were instantly recognizable.
We were not laughing at the time because we lost our Exeats priviliges
and received The Lash, althogh I must hasten to add, not from Mr Kitchen.
However, when I think of those times now, I do it with a smile and
have done so with some of those involved at recent reunions. I can
honestly say that I know how you all feel as I lost both my parents
two years ago both very close together. By some strange coincidence
I also said my final farewell at Boston Crematorium as they had lived
for many years in nearby Butterwick. I never knew your father well
as I was a Caernarvon Boy, but I do recall Lindsay was in my year.
I hope all goes well tomorrow on this very sad occassion.
Mick Hughes (C7477)

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