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1 July 2007

This is my second attempt at this, the last time I tried was some time ago. Is there anyone out there that happens to have some small recollection of me in my more wayward days when I was constantly on report for one thing or another, especially during 78-79. My name is Tom Hawkins, better known in my younger days as 'BD or Beady', I was in Marlborough house where I made Mr Kitchens life a bit of a nightmare with my rouge friend Bobby Jarrett and Ed Eddwards. Anyome that remembers me please get in touch. Have been reading the messages posted and have noticed messages from 'Tiny', 'Lawrence', 'Bruno' who I met up with again in Manchester in the mid 80s for a good weekend, and Mr Hern, do you remember me? Hope to here from someone soon.

Tom Hawkins (M77-80)

1 July 2007

In true papperazzi style our star photographer Pamela Ross has the first pictures of the reunion posted on her website - click the link to see them.

http://pamelaross.co.uk/Windsor_2007_1.htm

well done Pam !

1 July 2007

hi all just back from blackpool.it was my first time loved every minute of it pity about the weather also want to say sorry to everyone i pestered on friday nite. i had to much to drink and if i offended anybody im very sorry

Billy Whitefield (M71-74)

2 July 2007

Thanks to Bob Jordan and the committee for the great job in arranging the Blackpool reunion. It was good to meet old mates again and making new ones from different eras. John and Helen Gay who looked after me all night, and thanks for the dancing lessons Helen. Ted Wick, sorry mate one minute i was shaking your hand and about to chat the next thing I was on the dancefloor, Kelly Roberts, remember this, Horses sweat, men perspire and ladies gently glow. Jim Pascoe now sounds like one of the Wurzels, Keith Shipton remembers selling his Crombie, but not that it was me who bought it. Mick Hughes, keep on rocking marra. Ian Mynot, good luck on your retirement in Freckleton, next stop Hamm, alright? Michelle Bradbury, I now know you, how could i forget you? and anyone i've missed cheers for a good time.

Sean Cockroft (H74-76)

2 July 2007

Just a note to say thank you to all the committee who worked so hard to put on the reunion in Blackpool.it was great to catch up with some old friends and have the opportunity to make new ones. Also interesting, in most cases, to put a face to a name. It was shame that more people couldn'nt make it for whatever reason, the numbers seem to be dwindling somewhat, perhaps an overview from all there to establish what is required on needed for the next event. All in all, thanks again for the time and effort afforded to by the society and I look forward to the next one, perhaps in the summer eh Bob?.

Paul McDermott (M77-79)

2 July 2007

to everyone that made the effort to attend blackpool 2007 thank's for making it a wonderfull time me and my brother kevin had our first reunion, and met loads of friends from the past who made us wellcome good to see all those like tiny mcdermot{with his fiver} mark and sharon holder andy young oh and of course certain ex girlfriends who name i'll keep secret thanks and see you all at next reunion.

John Cheetham (E75-80)

2 July 2007

Hello, Just a very short message regarding the reunion. Thanks alot, I will no doubt place a longer message once "S" has aired her views about Blackpool, By the way hello to you two (It was good to meet you Mike).

Rod Whitworth (B80-82)

2 July 2007

Had a brilliant time in Blackpool, shame about having to go back to work today ,it nearly killed me. Hope you know who this is KIM FLETCHER, I'll never forgive you for not recognising me. Sorry to anyone i insulted especially Tina Kirby!! I love you all really, but you know what i'm like when i've had a couple of sherbets.Thank you to all who organised the weekend it was brill, keep up the good work. Looking forward to the next one, hope all the people who didn't attend this one turn up at the next.

Wendy Duncan (S77-80)

2 July 2007

Just got back from Blackpool and would just like to say a big thank you to all the committee for all your hard work that made the night a great success.

Robert Mckinnon Wright (S74-78)

2 July 2007

Just wanted to pass on my thanks to all the committee members who organised the Blackpool reunion. I had a fantastic time and really enjoyed meeting everyone. I am really looking (already) forward to the next one (poss 2010 ?).

Mark Holder (M72-77)

2 July 2007

Just wanted to pass on my thanks to all the committee members who organised the Blackpool reunion. I had a fantastic time and really enjoyed meeting everyone. I am really looking (already) forward to the next one (poss 2010 ?).

Mark Holder (M72-77)

 

2 July 2007

Had a great time at blackpool,met lots of people I knew....but nobody i recognised!!...never did find Alan Savage, although my brother in law (Dougie Whitefield) thinks he spoke to him!...next time. A big thank you to all involved in organising the event, a lot of work for all concerned, and without such people these things just would not happen... WELL DONE ONE AND ALL!! A few people thought that the numbers were down on previous re-unions, I dont know why myself but as this was my first one I shall certainly be looking forward to the next one, no matter where it is.Mick Hughes and Mike Price it was brill to see you guys again, and along with Frank I think you must have the record with 3 guys from the same dorm!! see you all at the next one!

Tom Mc Carthy (C71-76)

2 July 2007

i just wanted to say thankyou to Bob and all the committee for a lovely evening as i said before it was my first time and a very exciting it was. i met a few people i remember annoying the hell out of Wendy Duncan on the friday night Sorry Wendy . i think it must have been nerves for all the alchol that i consumed. good to see people enjoying themselves . i too am looking forward to next reunion wherever it might be i was informed that the turn out for Newbury was a lot better than Blackpool . maybe it was the hot weather that put everyone that didnt attend off kidding and yes Wendy Malborough was the best house you told me i screamed that at you all friday nite. once again thanks for a lovely time

Billy Whitefield (M71-74)

2 July 2007

Just like to say, thanks to the organisers for another memorable reunion and the opportunity to be with fellow ex-Windsors once more. Personal highlight for me, last Saturday Mike Price, Frank McCarthy and myself were together for the first time in 30 years. Great also to see Tom McCarthy, John Woodward, Cormac Hawkins and Al Copley from Caernarvon 70's era, apologies to anyone I have missed. Great to catch up with Sean Cockcroft, Kim and Denise Fletcher, Billy and Dougie (How is the Tattoo?), fellow Osnabrückers and of course the lovely ladies (too many names to remember) great conversation - thanks Jane. And all you smokers (youknow who you are) give it up before next time. Hope to do it all again at the next one, would that be 2010?

Mick Hughes (C74-77)

2 July 2007

Just afew lines to say my husband and I had a great time meeting up with Al Savage (Pam has a pic of him and Beccy) and Ian Mynott. Lovely to see Lorraine again and we are looking forward to the next one. Thanks
for getting me to attend.

Carol Francis nee Taylor (H72-74)

2 Jun 2007

Just to say I really enjoyed seeing everyone again it was my first reunion but it won't be my last, had a brilliant time and can't wait for the next one. Thanks to Lofty for making me laugh so much, to Tina & Wendy thanks for the note but I ended up wearing my beer goggles. To Sean & John, it was great to see you both again, I told you both you knew me!

Michelle Bradbury (S76-78)

3 July 2007

Thank you to all who organised the reunion, it was great fun catching up on all the news, especially on special memories of Cologne with Bill and Pam (Cann). Getting to Manchester airport was quite a hassle due to the bomb scares and then in Frankfurt - would you believe it we had the same problem - bomb scare - so it took the best part of nearly two hours to get out of there!!! Your photos Pam are really good and it did make me laugh to see 1966 one below the 2007 one....

Phyllis Cousens (B61-66)

3 July 2007

To all the committee thankyou for a great day on Saturday had a fantastic time, So good to see so many friends, Fletch you havent changed a bit,chuffed to see you and Maz together.The Cheetham brothers still as much trouble as i remember. Chris Duxbury and Sharon Holder great to see you both again,Julie Morgan hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday and have a safe trip back to Aus.When is the next re-union cant wait.

Andy Youngs(E76-78)

3 July 2007

Hello Everyone, Thanks to the committee for putting all their time and effort into the reunion. It was lovely to catch up with so many people. we had such a good laugh on the 70's table and a good turn out... If I was to name everyone this message would be far to long, but to all of you who I chatted to it was good to catch up... And lets stay in touch. I have to say, we stayed at the Mayfield hotel and we had a blast and such good service I would recommend them to anyone who is going to go back to Blackpool for a holiday. So once again, thanks to everyone for making the weekend a good one, and roll on the next one, not being in Blackpool but closer to home....

Denise Meyers (Fletcher) (H72-78)

3 July 2007

A big thanks to the Society for putting on a great weekend, Chris Lancaster (Lofty) and I had a great time. Really great to see everyone again especially Maz Barnard, Julie Morgan, Tina Kirby and Andy Youngs, this was his first but I don't think it will be his last. Shame that it had to end. Really looking forward to the next one where ever it may be. Will sign off for now before my grandaughter Wrecks the house. Take care.

Chris Duxbury (B78 - 80)

3 July 2007

Hello all.My name is Richard Slaughter. I was a boarder in Edinburgh House during the late seventies, early eighties og shared a dorm with (amongst others) Mike Milne (last seen in a pub in Soho!) John Wesson, Tim collins, Dave Manktelow, Mike Stacey, Mark Girvan og Terry Brewster. If there´s anybody out there, who remembers me either from WBS or Wulfen, I would be really pleased to hear from you!After a five year tour with the Royal Navy, I spent many years(a whole lifetime!) travelling the world, finally settling in Danmark with my wonderful partner og children.... All the best to you all.

Richard Slaughter (E78-82)

3 July 2007

Well, where to begin? First of all I would like to say that I had a fantastic time from Friday Night untill getting home on the Sunday (despite getting a phone call from work during the Saturday evening) A very big thank you to Bob,Malcom,Bill and all of the other comittee members that I don't know the names of for yet again doing all this hard work so that everyone else could enjoy themselves... THANK YOU ALL!! Bill, Beccy says "Hi" and it was great to see you again, Malcom & Bob, it was really nice to meet you both for the first time. Ian Mynott, Janice & Alan Moser, Ted Wick, Grogg and his ever smiling lovely lady, it was fantastic to see you all again. Carol & Eddie Francis, it really was great to meet you again after all these years Carol, Eddie it was great to meet you for the first time and am glad that you didn't feel left out. Tom McCarthy, Dougie did indeed chat to me, it was great to meet him again and from what he was saying to me, he was more sober on the Saturday than he was on the Friday. I waited around for you to come back from eating ( was it a desperate Dan Pie? I never did see you com back ) I told Dougie that you should both come up to our table when you got back, when you didnt arrive I came up to see you again but low and behold, your table was deserted and I never got to give Dougie my nimber or email addie. Although the numbers were down from some of the does in the past, I think from seeing all of the messages so far, your efforts, time and dedication were by no means wasted, people of the committee It was also really great to meet Mr Fox (sorry you didnt stay for the Saturday do but hope you enjoyed your stay!) Mrs (Liz) Wild, what great company you were, sit with me any time!! Two other people that it was great to see, Kathy (Rocket) and Derek. Thanks for shouting me when you spotted me during the evening and thank you for joining us later on. Take Care and keep in touch Best leave some space on this page for others to post messages

Alan Savage (C71-74)

4 July 2007

well well well, cant believe i remained so sober and controlled untili got homne sunday night i was so sooooooo tired, (im too old and needmore sleep) then proceeded to meet up with freinds and drink like therewas no tomorrow so Monday was a bad day recovering from what was anabsolutely fantastic weekend, i didnt realise how good until im back atwork lol. Anywya enough waffle, HUGE THANK YOU to Bob, (ur so cute!!)and comittee, what a blinding weekend. Food was shite but who caresatmosphere wad electric. Nice to have a laff with Chris, Kelly, Wendy, Michelle and Maz. Though i do nominate Kelly and Wendy for being most entertaining.. .thank you!! Amd big hello to everyone else..see you soon. Chris

Christine Harrison (B76-80)

4 July 2007

Big thank you to the Committee for all their efforts - on their partit was a huge success. Thank you to Loraine for putting up with (intotal 14 hours)being in a car with me for so long - I think we were talkedout in the end. It was nice seeing you again Loraine - interestingmoment trying to drive up the tram line. I did not stop laughing whilst in the Company of Val - you have not changed and you were a star. Also great meeting up with Chris O'Tooleagain. Nice to see so many from Hillsborough Hse (70's) attend. AlsoCaroline Ambridge I promise to keep in touch this time. Hats off to those who travelled from afar as the weather was awful.
Once again thank you for all the arranging etc by the Committee -excellent job. Regards.

Carol Gibson (H73-77)

4 July 2007

Firstly i would like to thank Bob Jordan and the committee fororganising such a fabulous evening for the 2007 re-union. Although theattendance was pitiful, to say the least, those that did make the effort wereamply rewarded with fine surroundings, fine food and a fine time.I would like to say a special thankyou to Beryl Jackson (and hubby),The Rev. John Fielding and Mr & Mrs. Seales for making my evening themore pleasurable with good easy listening conversation and stories of thepast. I do hope the next re-union (cant wait) is supported whole heartedly my the membership as I am certain they will thoroughly enjoy themselvesas I did on this occasion. Take care RTB

Roy Robertson (B63-67)

4 July 2007

Well its sounds like you had a great time and I will look forward to viewing any photo's of the great bash. Still hoping for some names fromthe past to pop up.Take care from down under.

Carol Everett (nee Large) (H69-72)

4 July 2007

Just uploaded my reunion photos to my web site they can be found at the following location Reunion Photos enjoy looking for yourself if you went and trying to work out whos'who for those that didn't manage to get there this time. Bruno.

Malcolm Brunsdon (E67-69)

4 July 2007

mick hughes it was great to meet you in blackpool,cant remember muchabout friday or indeed saturday night but i do remember you, mikeprice,alan savage,ian mynott,ted wicks and mr fox sorry you had to leave soearly on saturday morning. the tattoo is healing nicely. to frank mccarthy i just want to say your drinking by yourself next time.to everyone who made blackpool such a good weekend thank you i had a great time.dougie whitefield. ps as my brother billy kept telling everyone he met we were marlborough.

Dougie Whitefield (M71-75)

5 July 2007

Had a great time at Blackpool, a big thankyou to all the committeemembers. It was great to see everyone again and look forward to the next one!

Steph Southall (B78-80)

4 July 2007

Was it worth it ? Of course it was....I have just got back to Sydney from Blackpool via London,Heathrow at Terminal 4, yes, we are all used to the news of total lockdown...no flights in or out... but our stoic military upbringing made it possible to just stay calm and watch the happenings.....after many, many hours we boarded our craft home....loads of memories and such surprises in thelast hours of the renuion...Phyllis Cousens held the key to my time in Cologne (Volkspark) Germany....Pam Ross was the one I had banked on for Hamm contacts... Thankyou to Bob Jordan,Liam for making it happen.....anyone for Sydney
Australia in the near future ???

Pamela Fielding (Cann)(C62-64)

6 July 2007

Thanks to Bob and all of the committee for the great reunion inBlackpool. I had a great time, catching up with everyone (especially ClaireSambrook, the only other person from our year) and drinking a years winequota in two evenings!!! Had a great time being on the registration deskwith Malcolm (Bruno), who kept me entertained, Thank you Malcolm,still wonderering where the horse was!!! Come on you late 70's early 80'people who said you were going to be there, where were you all? You don't know what you're missing. Here's to the next reunion

Julie Roberts(E77-81)

7 July 2007

Glad to see so many posts about the reunion, and the positivefeedback. If you have suggestions for the future and didn't put your comments down on the afternoon evening then do send them through to the committee for consideration.Julie the Horse was on the first merry-go-round in the fun fair,disgused so no one would find it - Hoppalong!! See you at the next one if not before! Bruno


Malcolm Brunsdon (E67-69)

8 July 2007

does any one remember (me) tommy stephen or my brother alan stephenmy old man was in the queens own highlanders i am loseing my memory and want something to give my grandchildrenlike photos of my school days so if anyone can give me photos of WBS andWGS

Tommy Grant Stephen (S69-73)

8 July 2007

FAO Kim Fletcher. I received the message from Julie Morgan but theemail address just keeps bouncing. Try contacting me via Mike Price, I am sure he won't mind.

Mick Hughes (C74-77)

8 July 2007

alan savage, well thats been a week since the reunion, still trying to get over it. had a great time, it was great meeting yourself, ian mynott and ted wicks after 32 years. it look to me as if we were all wearing well !! or maybe it was all the drink i had. look forward to hearing from you. dougie

Dougie Whitefield (M71-75)

8 July 2007

mr hern,sorry you could not make blackpool this year. i had a greattime, met a few old mates like alan savage, ian mynott and ted wicks.alsomet mr fox (history teacher). had a little to much to drink and endedup getting another tattoo, pity mr kitchen could not make it eitherwould love to have met up with him after all these years. dougie

Dougie Whitefield (M71-75)

8 July 2007

Greetings Just got off the phone with Julie Roberts (no easy task let me tell you) !! Cheetham's indeed the 6 boys recall you well, attempted to call you but no answer ;-p Noddy & Sharon Holder :-) Noddy I got p****d at your sisters house the very first time I was ever drunk. John & Paul Falkus how could anyone ever forget. So many names just can't faces to thenames, old age getting to me. Just renewed my lapsed membership hope to hear from a few of you. quiggers Oooops Forgot to add David Holder too :-) Anyone out there in Web World know of the whereabouts of one; Georgina Pavalovis ?? Julie see I remembered her name after all. Andy

Andy Quigley (E76-82)

8 July 2007

Just like to say thank you to all those who were involved in theorganisation of the reunion, I had a really great time and it’s taken meall week to recover, I’m not used to boozy late nights anymore. It wasreally good to meet up with some people after so many years especially Heather Gallagher, Julie Morgan, Christine Lancaster and John Cheetham and of course the usual gang (they know who they are). I’ve uploaded some pictures onto the Exwindsorbfpo site for anybody to have a look at. Looking forward to the next one now.

Mich Hall (E75-81)

13 July 2007

Would like to say thanks to everyone for coming to Blackpool and making it a success. I enjoyed myself , lovely to meet everybody again and to see some of the people whose messages I have been posting online. I have finally got some photos up, you can see them here -

Blackpool 2007 Photos

If anyone has any photos they would like posted please email them to me.

Bill Craswell (C62-64)

15 July 2007

I was at Windsor Girls for a very short time, but am
not sure of the year. ... Must have been somewhere
between '69 and '72, I think. Best friend was Jane
McEwan, who had and older brother, Colin, and whose Dad was stationed at RAF Gatow, as was mine. Windsor was the first place I ever tried a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (and I love them to this day!) ... If there was any swimming going on, I would have been involved. But apart from these two things ... Oh!.. and Matron's relentless checking for secret smokers ! ... my memories are surprisingly few. What other things I got up to, must either have been so 'naughty' they've been pushed to the back of my mind .. or so innocuous as not to warrant the storage space ! Regards,

Suzanne Mulvaney (B69-72)

19 July 2007

I tried some months ago to find out if A.J. Wheeler was still living in Bracknell. I didn't have any joy though. Does anyone have any info regarding his whereabouts? I'm in Bracknell for a couple of days next week and could do with him buying me a beer!

John Garnett (H77-79)

19 July 2007

FAO > Mr Geoff Hern (or any other maths wizards ftm) Can you explain: Why does factorial 0 = 1 aka (0!=1)

Sean Cockroft (H74-76)

19 July 2007

Good to see that in this year of Euler's 300th birthday that somebody has asked a maths question. It does seem strange that
0! = 1 but it can be shown in a couple of ways that I know of. Firstly by definition of factorials (n!)(n+1) = (n+1)! so
substituting n = 0 gives (0)! = 1. Easy eh?

Or by looking at simple pattern

5! = 5x4x3x2x1 = 120
Dividing by 5 gives 4! = 4x3x2x1 = 24
Dividing by 4 gives 3! = 3x2x1 = 6
Dividing by 3 gives 2! = 2x1 = 2
Dividing by 2 gives 1! = 1 = 1 so
Dividing by 1 gives 0! = 1 = 1.

Hope that helps Sean - what do you need this for anyway or was it just to test us? My turn now but I'm allowed three questions. What are the next two numbers in the following sequence 7, 21, 10, 39, 108, 217, ......? If you find that easy then get a quadratic formula which would produce this sequence. Who was Euler?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

20 July 2007

Euler was a mathematician from Basel, lived during the 18th century and worked at some of the major scientific institutions of that time in Europe.Apparently, he had an uncanny knack of being able to use series(amongst other things) to find the answers to complicated mathematical problems that matched scientific results without producing all the necessary working out in between which means that some of his work would maybe not stand up to close scrutiny today and that his genius was maybe not fully appreciated. From his work with the leading scientists and mathematicians of his day and his proving of work done before him, probably led to the genre of mathematics that forms the building blocks of applied maths,physics and electrical/mechanical engineering in the last two centuries.I would put money on him solving Mr Herns series/sequence problems.

Steve Graham (B77-79)

20 July 2007

Perfect Mr Hern, I knew the answer and was just testing you. A colleague of mine who teaches maths gave a retirement speech the other day and said in 30 years of teaching, there have been only two times whan he has not known the answer to a question. The first a few years ago. A student asked why does 0! = 1 and said 'bloody good question, when i find out i'll tell you. This prompted me to find the answer and then forward the question to you. The second time my collegue was stuck, came this year, when a student asked him "is it true that a radius of a circle is equal to half the diametre" he couldn't answer, not because he never knew the answer, but because he was gobsmacked the student didn't. He tried to speak, but the words just didn't come out, in the end he decided that he was going to ask the student "what was he doing here at college" but plumped for "what am i doing here" hence the reason he's retiring.

Sean Cockroft (H74-76)

ps will get cracking on the problem straight away sir! ;-)

20 July 2007

All these maths questions !!. Mr Hern taught my Brother Bill in 62/63 and improved his maths no end. My maths remained bad, but are better now. On the subject of mathematical enigma, perhaps Mr Hern could solve the following. Three men were on their way to a school reunion in Blackpool recently but were delayed on the M6. This meant that they were late arriving at the Hotel and their rooms had been let to someone else. The manager offered them an attic room to share for £30 all in and they accepted(meaning that they each paid £10). The hot water did not work so the manager agreed a refund and gave the porter a £5 note to give to the 3 men. The porter(being a sneaky so and so) decided to keep some for himself and gave back £3(meaning that they have paid £9 each for the room) Still with it? So..........., if 3x£9=£27 plus the £2 the porter kept =£29, what happened to the other £1 ??

John Bartlett (S62-63)

20 July 2007

I can’t believe the reunion was nearly 4 weeks ago. I had a blast as usual and too much alcohol and not enough sleep but hey it’s only once in a while (which is just as well!!). It was great to catch up with all the usual suspects and it seemed to me that as numbers were down this time we all talked to people from different eras who have been to previous reunions but who we just never got to know before. So that was a huge plus. It was also great that some first timers made the effort too. Sue Youngs gets my vote for fitting in as the best non ex-Windsor – hope to see you and Andy at the next one. I’m with Chris L on Wendy being most entertaining. Mich, I’m going to confiscate your camera in future!! Sean C I hope the leg injury has healed? Let’s see if we can keep the enthusiasm as high for keeping the society going as well as reunions – all input gratefully received.

Kelly Roberts (E77-81)

20 July 2007

Kelly I shall indeed make it for the next one ;-) or little sis willnag and verbally abuse me. Trying to get hold of a Cheetham on a phone is akin to rehabilitating an habitual offender :-) Cheethams answer the phone or get an answering machine :-)

Andy Quigley (E76-82)

21 July 2007

Thanks Steve for the bit about Euler. Dare I ask? Did you know or is your answer a Google jobbie? I could go on and on about him but suffice to say that he is my favourite mathematician. As you say he took risks and was always where the mathematical action was. He was blind for the last 17 years of his life but that did not stop him, working out his results in his head and dictating them to his secretary. Brings tears to my eyes and it annoys me that he is not more known. Bill Bartlett?, John Bartlett? over 40 years ago and many moons plus thousands of students means that although the names are familiar putting faces to them is impossible at my advanced age. Good to see that I might have made a difference though. Now to your problem John. It is what we used to call 'an old chestnut', it has been around even longer than me and has been cunningly brought up-to-date by you linking it to Blackpool. I'll attempt to explain the error. It is the old difficulty of confusing positive and negative numbers. The customers do indeed pay £9 each giving £27 but the £2 kept by the porter is a negative amount and should be subtracted from the £27 not added to it.This then gives the £25 that is the amount that the hotel manager kept. Best I can do at long range. Sean. Are your teaching? You talk about you colleague who was a maths teacher. Good story but now answer my sequence problem.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

21 July 2007

Mr Hern,you obviously spotted the "tongue in cheek" nature of the problem and your answer was different to the one that I have always assumed was correct i.e. that, in fact, they had each paid £9.66 for the room thereby funding the porter's "fee" (he obviously attended WBS).The trick is in how you present it. As for Euler, I thought he played in midfield for Arsenal last season!?

John Bartlett (S62-63)

23 July 2007

Mr Hern, I lecture here at Farnborough, mainly Engineering, but basic (and i mean basic) maths now and again ;-) BTW are you sure the number sequence is correct, it seems they represent a cubic equation rather than a quadratic. Otherwise I give up and would realy love to know the answer. Kelly, my legs just about right now, still get the odd twinge when i hear the "I would walk 500 miles" song though ;-)

Sean Cockroft (H74-76)

23 July 2007

I only know about Euler as about 10 years ago I had a girlfriend doing a PhD in Mech Eng.Having read a bit more about him since then, I realize that he was involved in some way or other in a lot of the maths I studied for electronics and communications(the analogue side at least).

Steve Graham (B77-79)

23 July 2007

Sorry Sean but the first number should have been 72 not 7. Could have got altered because I did not follow the clear instructions not to put in paragraphs and carriage returns. Could have been a typo error or a deliberate error on my part to see if you were paying attention. It could even be my advanced age to blame. Interesting that you think the one starting with 7 should have been a cubic. I'll test it and get back to you. Tomorrow though because it is a bit late now. Farnborough eh? One of the clever people then. Now try it again!!

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

23 July 2007

Re: my post of 21st, it should read £9.33 and not £9.66. Be honest, how many spotted it (apart from Mr Hern that is)?

John Bartlett (S62-63)

23 July 2007

Mr Hern's postings have made last week's New Scientist article on transcendental numbers extremely interesting, it also has a bit about Euler. I only ever did O level Maths, but could do with a bit of a refresher for my OU studies. Best wishes Pam

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

23 July 2007

Back as promised. No it is not a cubic Sean but with 72 instead of a 7 it will certainly be a quadratic so I'm hoping that somebody will come up with the next two numbers and perhaps, in this year of Euler 300, one of the many related general formulae which will produce the sequence. Pam - transcendental numbers and Euler? I must get a copy of the New Scientist and see what they have to say. I assume that the famous and beautiful Euler formula - one of the many - will be there. (e to the power i Pi is equal to negative one). Tears to the eyes stuff for me and don't forget he was blind at the time. I once formed an Euler Fan Club at a school I was teaching at - the students joined just to shut me up. If you want to read more about him there are a couple of books written by William Dunham worth reading 'Euler the Master of Us All' and 'Journey through Genius' which is about the great theorems of mathematics and not confined to Euler alone but some of the maths is tough. There is not enough done in schools about the history of mathematics in my humble opinon - it makes the subject more human!. Sorry to say it John but I did notice your mistake but was too much of a gentleman to point it out and I like my explanation better of course.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

26 July 2007

anyone out there remember me? great site,just found it and saw loads of names that jog fond memories of my time at wbs

Tony Lister (S74-76)

26 July 2007

Here's a link for the Euler events in Basel this year and there is plenty of other information too.Most of it in English. http://www.euler-2007.ch/en/mathex.htm

Steve Graham (B77-79)

26 July 2007

kevin here, thanks to all for a great time at blackpool,great bunch of people.Andy quigley, john will get in touch as soon as he finds your number.i know what you mean about kelly roberts,fetching wine in carrier bags.i wouldnt mind but the bar was 2 for 1.here sister was just as bad,and they help run the windsor society.It must be corrupt.just kidding great bunch of people really.nice to see mark n sharron holder.we need to persuade dave to go to next 1. p.s.dave edmondson the photos you requested of john,collin green,john palmer. is it poss for me to post them to you_.strange boys them three.thanks kev.

Kevin Cheetham (E78-81)

26 July 2007

Thanks Pam. I copied the article about e in the library today. Very good article but he could have mentioned that Euler300 was this year. I hesitate (a little) but I'm going to suggest two more books. 'The History of Pi' by Petr Beckmann a really good read and not too much hairy maths and 'e: The Story of a Number' by Eli Maor which is a bit hairier. Both in paperback. I promise not to suggest any more books but I can't promise not to mention Euler! Sorry to ramble on but since I stopped teaching this is one of my few outlets. Sean where are the answers?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

26 July 2007

Hello to any body who remembers me. I am looking for any body who might know how i could get in contact with any of the following people stewart jessiman,tony rude, anne james and denise keen any help with this would be great thanks

Kevin Eldridge (M82-86)

27 July 2007

Hi Bill & everyone, I've been looking at all the Blackpool reunion pictures. Looks like it was a good weekend, sorry I missed it. It would have been good to catch up with everyone, it's been a long time! And I'm really sorry to have missed meeting Julie Morgan too :( Will definitely make the next one somehow. I'm living in Canada temporarily, Lynda has my details if anyone wants to get in touch. x Ali

Ali Lindley (E77-79)

27 July 2007

Maths problems, not my strong subject at school. Am I right in saying that the customer actually paid $8.33 while having $1.00 reimbursed and having 67 cents stolen. All adding up to $30.00 Sorry unable to put
pounds sign in as my computer only has a $ sign down under. Hope the floods subside quickly, we are also getting lots of rain here in Western Australia but we really need it. I enjoyed the little maths problem.

Carol Everett (nee Large)(H69-72)

28 July 2007

Well last night I arrived back in Perth (yes Andy I had a safe trip home thanks)- couldn't believe it ... it was raining here too - big time!!! Thought I had left all that water behind me, rain and going through some of the floods - I had a great holiday though, as a fellow traveller pointed out it was the company I came to keep so the weather didn't matter! The reunion seems like so long ago as it was at the start of the hol, a big thanks to all the committee members who made it happen, even though the numbers were down it was well worth the effort to get there. It was fantastic to catch up with everyone after so many years, especially Maz, Kim, Andy Youngs (and Sue),Woody, Mich Hall, Chris Duxbury, Chris Lancaster, Kelly and Julie Roberts, Steph, Mike Kinchin (think that covers everyone on our table)sorry if I have forgotten anyone. I will start saving now for the next one whenever that may happen. Ali Lindley glad to see you on this site - I have left a message on friends reunited with my email address -it would be good to hear from you. Bye for now take care everyone.

Julie Morgan (E76-79)

28 July 2007

Hi Loraine McMillan.....saw your message on Friends Reunited but am a lapsed member so hope you spot this.Of course I remember you & the fun times at Weeze/Laarbruch with the likes of Jayne Rowlett,Neil Cassidy et al.I also have fond memories of your friend Matti M but that was after we left Hamm. Good to hear you enjoyed the reunion - unfortunately it clashed with a family wedding but hopefully I'll make a future one. Spotted Bobby Hoffman at the last one I attended which was great after all these years. On a general note - really good to see Mr Hern is still going strong - he didn't have the pleasure of trying to get some understanding of Maths into my head (Mr Hankinson's challenge)but he did play some part in turning me into a half decent centre half! Best wishes to all Neil

Neil Carrick (H72-75)

29 July 2007

Dearest Kevin, my wine was in a canvas bag and two for one is no good for Kelly as she drinks G & Ts out of a pint pot which works out expensive (and Kim had rocket fuel in his backpack)! Andy Q, stop jumping on the Kevin C band wagon.... Sean - just don't jump about when you hear the lyrics. Julie M, good to hear you got home OK and enjoyed yourself. You Scots men (you know who you are) we know you were drunk and in MARLBOROUGH but that's no excuse for not remembring all our names boys!

Julie Roberts (E77-81)

30 July 2007

I'm afraid I will have to admit defeat Mr Hern. I blame my lack of Math Knowledge squarley on Mr Hallett, I mean, why didn't he wake me up, give me one to one, tell me to pay attention and tell me to stop mucking
about ;-)

Sean Cockroft (H74-76)

31 July 2007

Thanks Steve for the link - I knew about it but can't afford the fare to Basel although I'd like to go to St Petersburg where he is buried. Neil - being a maths teacher I don't think that I had much influence on your centre-half skills but SC Westuennen was fun at times. Were you playing at the same time as Kurt Graves? I've still got my Stadtmeister 1974 medal and I never played - were you in that team or a year later? OK Sean (and others - Neil you are allowed to try it even though young Hankinson was your teacher) back to 72, 21, 10, 39, 108, 217, ... like in most maths we just look for pattern and I am still not telling you the answer but giving a big hint. Arrange the numbers in a line and find the differences between them being careful about negative numbers look at these differences and you should see how things progress and be able to get the next numbers in the pattern. It's that easy but how about a quadratic formula which produces them?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

31 July 2007

Great to see you all had a great time at Blackpool, I'm a bit green as I would have loved to attend, but I suppose my 25th anniversary celebrations took priority! Amazing to see Sean Cockcroft trying to outwit Mr Hern! You should have quit while you were ahead (my memory seems to remember we got the upperhand all the time 30 years ago.... maybe warped with time!). Tony Lister, I remember you well. Sandringham. I'm in touch with Jock Carroll. Scott Inness, you've gone quiet, did you make the reunion? Anyway, roll on 3 years time, maybe the next reunion could be in the Midlands....

Nic Cuthbertson (B73-77)

31 July 2007

Geoff: In answer to your maths puzzle:

72, 21 ,10, 39, 108, 217, 366, 555, …

The equation is Y = 20X^2 – 111X + 163

Your maths teaching has paid off! Greetings to all maths fans.

Michael Davis (E73-76)

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