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01 Nov 2013

Cheers Pat - needless so say I was the recipient of a great many twigs!!! I would definitely have been birched if they could have got away with it!!! Wish I had kept a diary of the hours spent on detention and/or grounded!!!

I don't remember chocolate making peeps fat back then??? iZZZi X

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

01 No 2013

Did anyone see Pegleg last night?

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

04 Nov 2013

I've never seen Peg Leg but I hear him regularly. He's actually quite friendly and amusing if you give him a chance. He shouldn't be stereotyped or stigmatised. Social inclusion is the way to go. The Equality Act doesn't even begin to deal with it.

LONG LIVE PEG LEG, et al. LOL iZZZZi

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

05 Nov 2013

Hi Pam, You don't mean the programme that was mispelt by some clot in the printing club do you. (should that be on s or two in misspelt)

John Fisher (H65-68)

07 Nov 2013

So, Pegleg isn't Seamus from Family Guy then..?

Martin Chamberlain (E65-68)

07 Nov 2013

Hi everyone, just reading through the fantastic memories of WBS&WGS. Can't recall many names but do remember VIrginia and her brother Lyndsey KItchen. I remember three fantastic years at the school my brother Kevin was also in Caernarvon, I also recall two guys from my dorm RIchard Heath and Neil Blacknell? If anyone remembers me please get in touch. Now living in South Wales and working with the Police for my sins.

Gareth Morgan (C71-72)

08 Nov 2013

No Seamus ain't Peg Leg but he sure should be included in society - he's just a bit deviant from the accepted norms. Doesn't that apply to anyone associated with the Windsor(s) we all know and .......... iZZZZi

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

10 Nov 2013

Former housemaster of Caernarvon House in the 1960's,Brian Birkby occasionally gives talks to a local society in the Settle area of the Yorkshire Dales. The title of his next lecture is along the lines of 'The Best School in the World..'No prize for guessing where that was!!

Mike Capey (C63-70)

11 Nov 2013

Would be really interested in hearing the talk - could Brian Birkby make a contribution to this site? iZZZi

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

12 Nov 2013

Mike Capey, 'The Best School in the World'………is it HOGWARTS ?

Colin Hawthorne (M74-79)

14 Nov 2013

Would just like to share an amazing photograph found by Phil McGregor of a bombing raid over Hamm in 1944,in the top left corner can clearly be seen WGS & WBS.For those who still don't know there are loads of photographs on Windsor Facebook groups to reminisce to.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/100979216617524438/

Gordon Carroll (S74-77)

15 Nov 2013

Thank you for the link Gordon Carroll, great picture, however, I'm not or never will be on Facebook so I guess I'll have to give the rest of them a miss.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

16 Nov 2013

Jing Bang um eh the ony eejit that focht thon skil wiz bowffin? Em black-affrontit to hiv went tae yonder fur it wiz stricken wi somhin awffy. Verstehen?

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

17 Nov 2013

Hi All, back in the day............... I remember having a laugh and a carry on............... What happened to the humour??? Or is it just old age setting in??? LOL iZZZi

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

18 Nov 2013

Martin Chamberlain . . . now there's a blast from the past. I was in Edinburgh House at the same time as you. I remember you and Steve Bickerstaff as being inseparable friends. What else do I remember:
Fire alarms in the middle of the night on a freezing sports field with the wind straight from Siberia.
When Alan Quatermain got stabbed.
Walking into Hamm on exeat and smoking under the canal bridge.
The day the pig farm burnt down.
The Silly Swimming Sports.
Wearing casual clothes as uniform in the summer.
Mr. Cate - one of the best teachers I ever had in my life.
Going camping with Smeaton one weekend (we were in the CCF#, camping by the Lippe and him kicking the stove and kettle into the Lippe #by accident# just as I had brewed up. I made him go in and retrieve it. We then strained the tea through his vest.
Getting beaten up by my fellow dorm members because I had predicted that 'Please Release Me' by Engelbert Humperdinck would go to No. 1 rather than 'Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever' . . . and it did.
Mr. Barnes huge American Rambler, the Yanks really knew how to do half-timbering in cars!
Mr. Hodgson, Scottish Deputy Head, frightening me more than I ever have been in my life when he entered our classroom one evening as we were doing homework and announced in a voice that might have come straight form the mouth of one of the most vicious gangsters in the Gorbals 'I'm aboot tae cane a boy . . . ' He then walked out and did so. The ensuing sound of the cane and the boy's #I cannot remember who it was or what he had done# screams stayed with me for years.
Cream fuds for tea.
Nobody EVER dividing Bauernomelette equally on our table of #?# eight at breakfast.
My organising a protest in the first year at having to clean the prefect's shoes, a vain attempt to parody public schools by introducing a fagging system, it didn't last. Everyone was with me . . . until they weren't. I never, ever cleaned a pair of prefect's shoes but then I did get pushed around a bit by the prefects, Ozzy #can't remember 2nd name#in particular; he shared a room of three with Pierre someone and someone else.
Smoking for the first time, drinking the watery cocoa at bedtime and being violently ill for days.
Touring with the choir: singing English, French and German songs. I still hear some of the German songs when I'm drinking in Germany: 'Eins, zei, g'suffe'.
Crying myself to sleep every night of my first term because I was so homesick.
The older dark matron in Edinburgh House and the younger blonde one.
Going on a school trip to Cologne, going on a tourist boat on the Rhine and then taking a bus along the Bonnerstrasse with Dave Salmon to where we lived in the Volkspark. My mother looked horrified when she saw me at the front door, thought I had run away. Like Malcolm, we barely made it back to the bus in time. However, we did do it under our own steam.
Going to the opticians in Hamm for new glasses and, while they were being made #which they did on the spot for collection in an hour#, going to the music shop next door with whoever I was with and listening to the newly-released 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', twice, all the way through. Mind-blowing at the time.
Hamm was an extraordinary school: structure, discipline, creativity, fun and, I now realise, a huge amount of freedom both physical and mental.
My brother Jonathan was also in Edinburgh house between 1965 and 1967.
Other people I remember: Nigel Tetlow, Peter Bull and his two brothers #lived opposite me in Volkspark, Koln, Ad Crable III (American, obviously#.

Nick Kell (E64-67)

21 Nov 2013

Hi Nick, A name and a face I do remember.. I was actually a contemporary of your brother Jonathan and remember him quite well sharing at least the first dorm with him and 11(?) others..
I have a memory of you clomping round the House corridors in your CCF uniform with a big daft smile on your face and I remember thinking.. 'He's not going to look so happy after marching around for a few hours and coming back covered in mud..' Still, you probably enjoyed it..
Steve and I became good friends even though he was a year ahead of me.. I put it down to a 'Growth spurt' I had during the first year and everyone thought I was older than I was.
You mentioned being beaten up a bit and that's really what I remember about Jonathan.. He got beaten up quite a bit but it really didn't seem to bother him.. (he may disagree..) and I remember him being quite rubbery as if he hadn't grown any bones yet.. I hope we didn't cause him any long term physical or mental harm..
Some of your memories probably pre-date me.. We had a 'Pig Farm?' Must have smelled good when that went up... Mmmm smoky Bacon.. Was that those buildings behind the Gym..?
I think it's about time somebody made a 'Film-Noir' about the Alan Quatermaine stabbing.. Filmed at night in Black and White with lots of 'Lurking' and 'being Furtive' and 'Clandestine Smoking' and steam rising off the Canal.. It could be called.. 'The Quatermaine Expedient..' or something better.. possibly.. The glint of Steel.. a guttural .. 'Inglisher Schweinhunt..' The plaintive..'Erk, I'm leaking..' O:K so it needs some work..
The Mr Hodgson episode does sound extremely cruel.. Imagine that happening in a school today.. Traumatised kids running around in circles with Parents speed dialling their Lawyers..
Cream 'Fuds'..? Is that what I think it might refer to..? I do remember the dining hall experience.. as you say about 8 of us around a table, a mix of all ages.. I seem to recall being served at first but then going over to a 'cafeteria' arrangement at a later date. I have no idea what a 'Bauernomlette' is.. Eggs?
I did a bit of a rant about 'Fagging' a few years ago.. and I thought we brought it to an end.. Maybe they tried it out on every batch of new 1st years until they rebelled..
I too remember going on a daytrip to Koln to peer up at the vast blackened stonework of the Cathedral and as I lived in nearby Dusseldorf was also very tempted to 'do a runner' but had no cash for Trains..
I have a couple of older Sisters who went to the Girls School in 64/65. Carol Chamberlain (E) who I think managed a year and Susan who only managed one Term.. Any Ladies remember them?
IzzzI.. Thank you for your Greeting.. And Happy 'BloodPie Festival' to you.. Sorry my 'Klingon' isn't as good as yours..

Martin Chamberlain (E65-68)

22 Nov 2013

Nice to have some posts from "my" era! Martin - I think the name Carol Chamberlain rings a vague bell, what age would she have been when she was at Hamm? I was intrigued that you thought Düsseldorf was near Köln, it's about 30 miles away - but I suppose, in the context that it was in the same region of Germany, it may have seemed close. I went to the Westfalenpark in Dortmund with the school as a sixth former, and the member of staff allowed me to go and visit my grandparents #who lived about 45 mins walk away#- that was about the nearest I got to doing a "runner". Bauernomelette was probably what we called Farmer's Breakfast at the Girls' school - also known as "Gaffer's Pie", although I think what the boys called that was something different. I used to make it for my own children at one point - bits of bacon, cooked potatoes, etc, bound together in an egg mix and baked. Just watching the stuff about the Kennedy assassination on TV - I was at Windsor at the time, had gone to the Art Room in the evening to put together some posters for the forthcoming Christmas Fair, when I took the key back to Miss Dumford (in Balmoral?) - she opened the door and was shaking, she had just heard the news on the radio. Kennedy had been to Germany that summer, we had watched him on my grandmother's TV.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

22 Nov 2013

Hi Martin Chamberlain,your Klingon is much better than mine - coz I ain't got one to be better than - no competition there mate.
I got myself a Kelpie - and it's not an Australian sheepdog!!!!!
Take care. LOL iZZZi

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

22 Nov 2013

Which country does Mr Chamberlain reside in? What is his local dialect please? With kind regards. Peg leg. X

22 Nov 2013

I. Forbes, 'KELPIE'..........Do you mean the supernatural waterhorse or just a bunch of seaweed ?

Colin Hawthorne (M74-79)

23 Nov 2013

Hi colin, My Kelpie twins are definitely supernatutal waterhorses - the district council have just parked two of them in my back yard!!! You should google them - they really are plug ugly!!! Enjoy!!! iZZZi X

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

24 Nov 2013

Sorry for the confusion.. Klingon is not a Dog or an adhesive parasite but a race of aliens in a popular (fictional)TV show.
Nice try Peg-Leg.. I'm not giving you my address.. You'll be banging around in my attic in no time lowering house prices and scaring my cat.. I just got to thinking what became of you after they knocked down the Edinburgh/Balmoral block.. A young Ghost like you would chance his arm (leg) in Hollywood.. Meeting Seth McFarlane at a drinks do and voila.. a Job.. Pamela.. My Sisters would have been in 5/6th years I think.. Both in Edinburgh house.

Martin Chamberlain (E65-68)

24 Nov 2013

Hi Martin, Foos yer doos? There is no danger of me banging about in your loft coz I'm terrified of heights - a real phobia I'm afraid!!! Have you got a cellar??? Since they knocked down E block I've been adrift and enjoying the adventure - a permanent home ain't on my agenda (stems from my formative years) - flitting keeps me on the move - Ghosts don't have bowels bytheway no need for them. I'm tooooo shy and reserved for Hollywood - my spiritual needs are in Holy Wood at the bottom of the Helix where the Kelpies live. Am I supposed to know your sister Pamela? Was she before my time? Peg Leg

25 Nov 2013

Hello from Webby...I have only just found this site...what a fabulous archive of memories...
Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me - staff or pupil. Are Tessa Nolan, Rita Hayes, Claire Purvis, Suzanne Campbell and a myriad more out there?...We played hard and yes we worked...quite hard too...Some also knew me as Toots...ha ha!

Elaine M Webster (Goodwin) (H60-63)

27 Nov 2013

Bravo Topogigio! The Kelpies are complete!! They stand 30 metres high and weigh 600 tonnes!!! You can view them from the M9 or my back garden!!!! Jings they are UGG !!!!! Thank you wee Eck, the other Fishy wan and anybody else responsible for this!!!!!!!!!!! By the way it's fell chilli aroon here. Peg Leg

 
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