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01 Nov 2015

How great to hear from you Steve. You won't remember Grimminghausen but every time that I have walked over the bridge by the stream there - at least 50 times I should think - I've mentioned you to my wife 'steaming your kippers in the water'. Spike Milligan's way of saying 'cooling your feet'. You found this very funny at the time. The loo roll incident? Seems to me as if there is some sort of conspiracy between you and Simon. I wonder what others will think of my habits and to mention green credentials seems some sort of cop-out.
Yes Colin I doubt that you'll remember me but I agree that more WGS contributions are needed. It would be great to have some 'distaff' (good non-PC these days word that) postings on the many mixed activities the schools ran. Plays, Gilbert & Sullivan, musicals,, sailing, hockey, D of E, Rambling Club and so on. The khaki green buses ploughed a furrow between the two schools.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

01 Nov 2015

Wow Pamela thanks for looking at the problem. At the risk of sounding condescending it always happens that somebody notices patterns that I'd never seen. Your system works of course but only gives you a few (5?) of the many answers. If there is, as usual, nothing on the box then check that your method works for others eg 27 squared + 68 squared and this should give you a few more. However as a hint look at the individual digits in your sets of numbers and see if you can see any connection between them and also, between the first two digits and the repeated number. It's then a small step from there to an algebraic solution. Nice to know that maths is important to you in what you do. As I always told Christine 'Maths is everywhere'. She never believed me of course. Were you at WGS in the days of Miss Gray and/or Mike Sarney? Did we ever meet? Sorry Bill two postings in one day again but I had to reply to Pamela.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

No problem Geoff - you are the main man here now !

01 Nov 2015

Herzliche Glückwunsch und alles gute zum Geburtstag Geoff!- from Deutchland. Had a Job near Hamm last month, so I went and had a look at the remains.Just a large featureless white box shaped building marked Brillux where Marlborough and Sandringham once stood. St. Boniface now a storage facility for some waterworks/wasserwerke it seems.The Dining block seems to be occupied by asylum seekers. (I didn't ask though) Very strange to be back there. Went back to my car, switched on the radio and would you believe, a tune from my Windsor era -Spencer Davis I'm a man-!! That made it really creepy!.

Ronnie Williams (M60-67)

02 Nov 2015

Mr Hern - we will certainly have met, as I went on several Sauerland walks with the Windsor Society - those of the "walking along this track is boring, let's just hack our way through the jungle and head up through the trees" type. The walks were more interesting for me because my grandfather was born in Warstein - I wish now I had asked him more about that when I had the chance.

I have to be honest, I had to dig out my old school reports to remind myself who taught me maths to O level (which I passed well) - initials ED, so I think, Miss Davies, whom I can't see in my mind's eye. I'm afraid I was never keen on prep - too many more interesting things to do, such as write poetry and read books. We had a maths class followed by French after break - I used to hoist my satchel on the desk during the maths class, and do the maths and French homework during the lesson, handing the maths homework in at the end of the lesson. The teacher eventually got suspicious and made me sit at the front, where I still got away with it. Sad, eh? Sorry, Miss Davies, if you are reading this! If you were involved in "1066 and All That" Mr Hern, you may remember me as Queen Elizabeth, but I was very shy in those days, rarely spoke to members of the opposite sex so didn't know a lot of the boys.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

03 Nov 2015

To begin with, it would appear that I have missed a birthday, so Happy Belated Birthday Geoff Hern. As I recall, which may be totally false given my lapsing memory, you were a single teacher whilst I was at WBS. If so, when did you marry? My brother Graham (known in close circles as "the whinger") went to WBS in 1967/8, also in Marlborough. I made a point of visiting him whilst I was based at RAF Gutersloh, and Dad was based in Wulfen, and throughout my visit, all he did was moan about restrictions on his activities, and how everyone picked on him! If only he knew how much more relaxed the school regime was, compared to our time there! I did attempt to see my former masters and mentors, but was unable to find any familiar faces, as it was a weekend, and it appeared that they were absent on domestic duties. Graham never did settle, either at WBS or beyond, and still complains about everyone and everything. It would appear that throughout his life, nothing was ever of
his own making, and it would be fair to say that this was not a trend amongst the rest of my family.
Although I was mischievous, as was my brother Tom, neither of us were truly bad lads, and made our way to adulthood and beyond with nought but fond memories of the best school that we ever attended. Without doubt, Malta was probably the best posting that Dad ever had, taking climate and after-school activities into account, but RN School Tal Handaq somewhat underwhelmed all of us, as there was less "community" spirit, something that was abundant at WBS.
I only wish that I were able to recall a few more names and faces. Now, it seems, I am rambling, so I will close for now :)

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

05 Nov 2015

Hi Gerry, you've got a good memory! Don't remember the bridge incident but wish I had taken it seriously. Remember Mr Cadby, a nice guy, always appeared calm, quietly spoken. Ralph commented on a possible early meet. I'm interested if it can be arranged. Are you in the UK? Best wishes to you, Iain and Ralph.

Dave Hodgson (M63-68)

12 Nov 2015

Who remembers going to see the film "The Dambusters" at a German cinema in Hamm one evening in 1955/56?
I remember we went in the school buses but don't recall now whether we qualified by House or by Form year.
At one point during the film as the bombers are heading to the dams it shows the navigator of a Lancaster studying a route map wound on a revolving spool. The city and suburbs of Hamm suddenly come up on the map and the cinema audience are in uproar!

Geoff McPate (S53-57)

15 Nov 2015

I had a good time at Balmoral house ,with Mr Richard Jolliffe and his wife Sheila has our house master.We had a great model railway set up in the "Dungeons",of which I was in charge of.Cross country running was my escape, with before breakfast and evening runs.Herr Kutze came to keep our hair tidy. The occasional "slipper" was received and I did not become an evil person because of it.The only thing I didn't appreciate was having to look after evening "prep" sessions as a house prefect in the upper rooms of the main building ,got a bit hairy having to switch off the lights and close up after every one had left ,dark and creepy .PA.

Peter Austin (B62-64)

15 Nov 2015

Half way through and so far this month still little from the distaff side which is a shame. Add to that Malcolm has not handed in his sums prep in spite of his promise to do so. Yes Jim I was single when I arrived at WBS but married whilst you were there on Feb 14th 1962 - Valentine's Day no less. How's that for being romantic? So it's now three years over the Gold limit. Anybody out there from the 1960's who remembers Ken Caley? I had a long message from him which reached me via the old student site of the school that I taught at in Copenhagen but I need his email address as Iwant to thank him.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

15 Nov 2015

Mr. Hern, Sir! I have not handed my prep. in as I am suffering total brain fade, Sir. I still live in fear of the myopic glare through those black rimmed specs., Sir. Please accept my apologies, Sir, and do not give me detention, Sir. I could have told a porkie in that I'm too busy but I've told the truth as always, Sir.
Detention was the worst punishment I ever experienced at WBS. I will never forget having to sit for 2 hours with my arms folded, knees and toes against the wall in an upstairs room in the main block. It was a summer morning in the summer, the window was left open deliberately so that me and my partner in crime, Rankine, could hear the rest of the school enjoying sport in the swimming pool, tennis courts and on the front field. Swish Cutler presided and marked prep. and wrote reports throughout the two hours. Our crime? Running down the stairs, sliding on the banisters and bowling over the said Mr.Cutler base over apex. We would have much preferred a slippering - at least that was a punishment that hurt but was over and done with in minutes.
Re Ken Caley - if you do find him I too would like to get in touch because his was the guitar that I first played - and look what trouble that landed me in. ;)

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

19 Nov 2015

Hi Dave Hodgson, Great to hear from you. Yes, a get together would be excellent. Ralph has forwarded your contact details. I live in Essex, and have a touring caravan. Stayed at a site at Pagham Harbour a couple of years ago. Lovely area.
Hi also Ronnie Williams. Hope you are keeping well? It is a shame that WBS has been mainly demolished and nothing has really been done with the site. I kept meaning to get back but alas left it too late.
Keep in touch.

Gerry Mills (M65-68)

23 Nov 2015

Hi Gerry, Good to hear from you. I can't believe you were in the Pagham Harbour site! Angie and I live half a mile away on The Causeway. We often walk to the harbour along the sea front from our house, a nice pub on the Sidlesham side called the Crab and Lobster, you may well have dropped in for pint. Please give me shout if your down this way again, would be nice to meet up for dinner or you could join us at home. Very best wishes. Dave

Dave Hodgson (M63-68)

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