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2 Jan 2014

Just like to wish everybody a happy 2014,and win the lottery.

Hi Alix Baker, I was at Windsor Boys School,Sandringham House, the same time as you.in 1962 I was 12. Hi Richard Hurford, I was in the house above you,and I knew Don Pearson very well.at the time he had a girl friend, Jenny Knipe,who was in Sandringham.when it came to house parties,and the social dances I had to look after her, I was her minder which I didn't mind because she was a real beauty, outsiders wernt allowed in.all good fun

George Coughtrey (S61-64)

3 Jan 2014

Ellen Ellis, Joan Ayer, Myra Adams, WendyPayne, Rodney Tanner
I am trying to trace the above mentioned people. Please have you the above names listed;.
Thanking You

Gilllian Chappell now Gillian Best (?58-63)

4 Jan 2014

Aw the best tae abidy! Foos yer doos? Meh bodach is awa tae he's pit bleezin fou!!!!! Jing bang!!!! With kind regards. Isabella

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

5 Jan 2014

I am so very sad to report the death of my dearest brother and best friend James Bennett . He suffered a stroke on 1st jan whilst with his family . He died on Saturday 4th @ 830am following catastrophic complications .

Ralph Bennett (M62-68)

5 Jan 2014

Ralph so sad to hear of your brothers passing. Condolences to you and your family from myself and on behalf of The Windsor Society.

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

5 Jan 2014

Ralph Bennett - so sorry to hear the news of your brother. My thoughts are with you.

Michael Downey (M65-68)

5 Jan 2014

Ralph What very sad and totally unexpected news. I have some great memories of James - one of the bright sparks during my early days in Marlborough. My sincere condolences to you and all the family.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

6 Jan 2014

Ralph Bennett sorry to hear of your great loss! Be where you are needed mate.

Iain Sanderson (C65-68)

6 Jan 2014

So sorry to hear such sad news Ralph. Just remember all the laughter and fun you had with your brother.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

10 Jan 2014

Ralph, so sorry to read about the passing of James, can't help but remember the fun we had at Hilden, Dortmund, and also at Hamm,condolences to all the family.

Mick Powditch (B64-69)

20 Jan 2014

Congratulations to Edward and Indira on their escape from Stonyhurst College to the Dominican Republic!!! Hope they enjoyed the sunshine and taught the teaching staff a few well deserved lessons!!! LOL

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

21 Jan 2014

Was Windsor so bad Izzi that you are still keep 'having a go' after 40 years? By the way 'well-deserved' should have a hyphen. Now you'll make something 'anti-teacher' out of that I suppose. Just in case you misunderstand I'm just joking as I know you are. A little maths question for you (and others) - who was Leonhard Euler? Answers in English please not that other lingo you often use. Remember I'm just a humble, retired and thick maths teacher Are you voting for independence?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

21 Jan 2014

For you Mr Hearn leonhard Euler was a pioneering Swiss mathematician and physicist. He made important discoveries in fields as diverse as infinitesimal calculus and graph theory. He also introduced much of the modern mathematical terminology and notation, particularly for mathematical analysis, such as the notion of a mathematical function.[3] He is also renowned for his work in mechanics, fluid dynamics, optics, and astronomy. Euler is considered to be the pre-eminent mathematician of the 18th century and one of the greatest mathematicians to have ever lived. He is also one of the most prolific mathematicians; his collected works fill 60?80 quarto volumes.[4] He spent most of his adult life in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in Berlin, Prussia.

William Whitrfield (M71-72)

21 Jan 2014

Hi Geooff Hern, Yes Windsor was that bad. Yes it still hurts. No I am not joking. A fellow pupil who shared my experience recently asked me if I thought we should sue the army. My response was 'are you going to sue your father for sending you there as well?' If the people who were responsible read this they will know who they are. The other lingo I use is my mother tongue and I am proud of it. As it was the BRITISH FORCES why did we sing Jerusalem and no other relevant patriotic songs such as Land of our Fathers? What I vote is my business. In the words of John Rebus FYTP.
Happy days. LOL X

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

22 Jan 2014

message: Leonhard Euler ? wasn?t he the guy who invented fast food for sale at football matches, Geoff?

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

22 Jan 2014

William Sorry I remember the name but can't put a face to you. Something PMK could always do. Euler - yes he sure was a great man. My favourite mathematician too - sadly not many people have even heard of him which is often the case with mathematicians. A modest man too who just got on with it without fuss and laid the foundations to many branches of mathematics. I founded the LEAS at my last school and students joined just to stop me 'banging on about him'. Did you Google him or did you know all that you wrote about him already?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

22 Jan 2014

Tut tut Mr Whitefield! From the [numbers] in your text, your answer to Mr Hern's question looks suspiciously like a cut and paste from t'internet!

Izzi - I'm a bit puzzled why you are so impressed by the pupils from Stonyhurst "escaping" to the Dominican Republic or whatever - I think the main restriction on any of us doing anything like that when we were at Windsor was lack of funds. The actual "escaping" would be easy enough, especially if you had your passport. But mostly, we didn't want to escape :-) I suppose there would have needed to be a more attractive alternative available. My "escape" was to go to University when I left school, and for that, I needed to be at school and get the relevant qualifications. And I even came back to visit the school a year after I left - stayed in a "spare" dorm and gave a talk to the sixth formers on university life. I spent five years at Windsor, at that time it was the longest I had ever lived anywhere in my life.

How are your giant horse heads, by the way, Izzi? I tend to go to Edinburgh or Wanlockhead when I go to Scotland, so probably won't get to see them.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

22 Jan 2014

Hi Pam Ross, whether you had the money to escape Windsor or not depended on who you were. My sister escaped to Dundee via a holiday in London - money was no problem for her. Thank heavens neither my sister or I became clones - we are still individuals which is far more important than being proud to be a Windsorite. And hey, I hate to disappoint you but we both have degrees and are still studying at uni level - and it certainly was NOT Windsor that prepared us.

The Kelpies are us plug as ever with little hope for improvement - there was far more beauty in the nature they destroyed but it's all about money and materialis not Gods creations. Halleluiah praise the lord.

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

23 Jan 2014

Izzzi Sorry. I just wanted to 'lighten' things a little but your FYTP tells me what you think of me.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

23 Jan 2014

Hi Bill, thanks for posting my bit about Leonhard Euler yesterday but the crux of the post was missing.

There should have been the Greek letters spelling out the word "PIES".

i.e. Pi, iota, epsilon and sigma.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

Fiendishly clever - sorry to say that this program doesnt like weird letters [although I do seem to get rather a lot :-) ] - Bill

23 Jan 2014

Thanks Malcolm for clearing that up as I did not get the 'fast food' bit. Bill would have real trouble getting the progamme to write Euler's most famous equation connecting e, i and Pi (know it?)- one that proves maths really is beautiful. There's a challenge Bill! I've said it before but again very many thanks for keeping this site going.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

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23 Jan 2014

Hi Geoff Hern, the FYTP was not directed at you and I apologise for any offence caused. The FYTP is aimed at the way I was treated by the teaching staff who punished me for my sisters untimely departure. I was 13 years old and it was nothing to do with me. My sister was not there to punish so I took the lashings. Then the self-fulfilling prophecy set in - I'll get the blame so I may as well be causing problems - viscious circle. For years I blamed my sister but it was not her fault. The teachers should have been professional in their duties - not punished me. I have paid for this treatment in so many aspects of my life - so before you all judge me try to understand that my experience of Windsor was not the norm and it was NOT MY FAULT. My sisters final school report from Windsor said 'Jeannie is too sophisticated for school' - what does that say about the teachers who dealt with the situation? iZZZZZi

iZZZi Forbes (E72-75)

24 Jan 2014

Malcolm After yesterday's posting I realised how cunning your 'Pies' was. All the elements of Euler's equation except for the 1 - too much for an oldie like me to grasp quickly. Where did you come across the equation? Pam I too saw the 'cut and past' but at least it was a reaction for which I was grateful. More people should know about Euler hence the LEAS.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

24 Jan 2014

iZZZi - this is not a pop at you as I do not know anything about you or your life other than what you have posted here. If you've read my posts you've probably worked out that I was a bit of a rebel too. Our only thing in common was Edinburgh House but we were seperated by 10 years and the fact that you were at the girls school. My father was a hard case Scot.

I have never told anyone of this incident until now, but here goes....

One of my rebellious moments was to walk out of a Geography lesson mid morning because I thought what was being taught was a waste of time.
On going to the dormitory in a generally hacked off mood, I bumped into one of the lady cleaners on the stairs who obviously recognized I was unhappy. In pidgen Anglo Deutsch she told me I was very lucky and to cheer up. When I asked why she thought I was lucky I was told that I had hot food, a warm clean bed, soap, clothes, education and many mothers and fathers to help me. That was a massive wake up call.
OK, this lady was not a member of the teaching staff, but she certainly knew the kick up the butt I needed. Now that I'm much older and uglier, if the chip starts growing on my shoulder I remember this few minutes of my life in Germany, take a deep breath and cool down. It works for me:)

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

30 Jan 2014

Just dropped in for my regular fix of nostalgia....usually do it about this time of year when feeling depressed by the weather and dreaming of better things!!

Always interesting to read posts from people from my era that I remember quite well despite the passage of time. My Dad, who retired from the army during my last year at WBS, recently pointed out that he has been drawing his army pension for 45 years now...which does make one think about the passage of time (and the state of the national finances)...having finally retired myself a few months back and now living the good life on one of those ?gold plated pensions? one reads about so much lol.

Unfortunately I am already finding it a bit boring so in the process of setting up a business that might involve relocating to east Kent or possibly Spain (the weather is saying Spain Spain Spain at the moment!!)....anyone on here live in those places?

That aside...keep dry people...and hope 2014 is a good year for all!!

Tony Jobber (C62-67)

31 Jan 2014

To the points Izzi has made. Everyone's experience was different and I have to say that from a Marlborough perspective the house master and teachers were fantastic, I was caned and punished in line with what was socially acceptable in the 70's for the what I believe to be generally the right reasons. I was also supported and provided some sage advice, mostly I didn't listen but was given it anyway, I was a teenager after all. I think there was an element of bullying at times for all but none has left me scarred or in any adversely affected (twitch, just talking to my imaginary friend). Izzi it is sad that your experience has lasted 40 years and I hope you find a way of overcoming your experience. Happy for Mr Hern to correct my grammar!?

Tony Reilly (M73-76)

31 Jan 2014

Geoff, I came across Euler whilst doing HNC Chemistry in the 1970s. We were being taught NMR analytical theory and techniques. Playing with gyroscopes and precession was part of the first lesson - his name and equations cropped up during discussion. I couldn't get the 1 into my comment because Mr. Hallworth woud have shot me if I had used the 1 (singular) along with s (plural) in the same statement. Blimey, the things you rememeber from school.....
The football comment is obvious - do you still support that West London Russian team? I must admit that coach Jose is good value for money, particularly this weeks 19th. century football quote.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

31 Jan 2014

Tony Jobber, there's a name I remember from the past! (I was in St James, we had our house socials with Caernarvon#. My father also retired from the army at the end of my last year of school - but he stayed in Germany #worked for the NAAFI). As to Spain - I drive through it twice a year, on my way to visit my daughter - she lives in Spain, works in Gibraltar. I also have an old mate who retired to Spain - mind you, he already had a holiday home there, and spoke the lingo, which helps! Having lived in Gib when my father was posted there, I can just about book a room in a hotel, order breakfast, etc - the necessities of life when travelling through.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

31 Jan 2014

Hi Pam Ross,did you know Maureen Light at all.we have been in contact for 3 years,then suddenly nothing,i fear the worst and have noway of finding out.im just keeping my fingers crossed.

George Coughtrey (S61-64)

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