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01 Oct 2015

Hello my father Granville Watson was head of Maths at Windsor Boys School from 1959 to 1965ish. I have just uploaded some photos from the school onto my flickr account which he took. These were originally slides. Here is the link https://www.flickr.com/photos/90783279@N00/

I attended the primary school on the Girls School site and we lived in Am Huckenholz. Friends remembered in particular were the Walkers and the Kopckes, who we still keep in touch with. Also Reverend Fielding. We lived next to the Buckleys (Tim, Keith and Peter)

Claire Waiting nee Watson (B59-65)

02 Oct 2015

Strewth Claire, you nearly gave me another heart attack posting them photos! The visit to NAAFI HQ, Krefeld to see their computer, photos 2 and 4. Photo 3 - The classroom (is that John Massara looking straight at the camera). Photo 6 the computerizing of the school telephone system?

It was a very long time ago so I'm likely to be wrong on all accounts.

And all those great pictures of Yorkshire - now you know why your Dads nickname was 'Pud'. :)

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

02 Oct 2015

Anybody left from that time who knew me .Get in touch SLIM GREENWOOD

Brian (Slim) Greenwood (S53-56)

04 Oct 2015

Thank you, Claire, for posting those photos! I think I see "Prof" Sheard lurking at the back of the photo with the car with the Krefeld number plate. My father went to work for the NAAFI at Krefeld in 1968 when he left the army, so that was also a nice link to see. The photo of the primary school children being presented with prizes at WGS, looks a bit like Stephanie Elliot in the maroon blazer. And seeing your photos of the York area - I lived in York for 11 years, now live 10 miles south of York, so those were also much appreciated!

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

04 Oct 2015

Yes Pam, Mike's in there, so is George Squires and I see Steve Spence in the middle row, he was in Marlborough. Saw him at a cricket match at Loughborough College not long after I left school.

Dave Hodgson (M63-68)

04 Oct 2015

Yup, so is David Hawkins and is that "Titch" Johnson clutching the notebook, front right?

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

06 Oct 2015

How interesting to see a mention of the 'Teachers' Street' viz. Am Huckenholz in Hamm. My late wife and I lived at number one for about three years following the departure of Jack Worrall (former HM at WBS). My neighbour for some time was Peter Marsh (HOD Science WBS).I was so close to WGS that I cycled daily to school. Geoff Farah (HOD PE at WBS) was also a neighbour as were Thea and Mick Arnold who each taught at WBS and WGS respectively.

Colin Hawthorne (M74-79)

09 Oct 2015

Hi Christine Lancaster. Long time since we were in touch. Jenny xx

Jenny Pain nee Hart (B76-79)

10 Oct 2015

Hi Colin. Good to hear from someone else from Am Huckenholz. We lived at number 39a - right at the bottom, last cul de sac on the left. Our house was penultimate end house on the right. We lived nect to the Buckleys, and on the other side the Hallworth family lived for awhile before moving to a house in the middle of the estate. There were fields and farms edging onto our back garden, but all built on now

Claire Waiting nee Watson (B59-65)

11 Oct 2015

Thank you Claire. Yes, we were at Am Huckenholz at different times but I do recall Rev. Fielding when I moved to Hamm from Gutersloh in '74 and I believe that I met up with Frank Buckley in Berlin when he was a visiting HMI inspecting The Havel School many years later. Quite a number of ex Hamm teachers ended up in Berlin as the schools closed. My late wife was a teacher at Hamm Primary for a few years- she worked alongside Mrs Brindley who was the wife of Rev. Brindley at WBS.

Colin Hawthorne (M74-79)

13 Oct 2015

It is a long time since Newbury and so much happened in between then and now I have been remiss in writing, but can be found on linked in or facebook. I see I will be just in time to celebrate Geoff Hern's birthday so many happy days ahead as those that have passed. I was in Marlborough in Geoff's first year I think. Days of Goad, Locatelli, the Shiels, all I really know is Jerry Locatelli could be found in Tasmania a few years ago. I have had a most amazing life and I suspect all of it is bound up in my three years at WBS which taught me much about the need to treat others with respect. I think tearing my knee apart finds me bed puns with time to reflect and I do so with thanks. I do know an apprentice role in MacFisheries awaited me had I not gone to WBS! A great escape, not unlike O'Neill and Cooper doing the great escape in 1959 over the fence. Frabjous days

John Eustace (M59-62)

13 Oct 2015

John Eustace, my time at WBS overlapped with yours. What year were you in in 1960, the year I started there?
For some reason, your name rings a bell - you didn't have a collection of Everly Brothers records by any chance? I know that I used to borrow them, as we only had Buddy Holly and Shadows records in our dorm.

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

15 Oct 2015

Gerry Mills sorry I missed your message in Nov 14!I have been "Off the grid" since July 2014. Computer problems all my own fault.I olso missed the Mini reunion in Essex. I will keep looking now!! I was Dave Hodgson for a day, motor-bike & helmet(Rhinedahlen) Paul Sayers how is your patella? Hi to Mick Downey, Paul Clay & Glyn Johnson (Tasmania)Now Ralph Bennett I find you live A couple of miles from me. I live in Torrington, have done for 10 years. If a meet is on The Commadore in Instow could be in order? We eat there some Sundays. I await your reply? It's not compulsory!? Nice to see Windsor still is alive & kicking.

Iain Sanderson (C65-68)

17 Oct 2015

John Eustace thanks for the greetings. Yes you were there when I arrived in 1960 and another from my early greenhorn days in Mick Schofield's Marlborough along with, amongst others, the Goad brothers, Locatelli, Pappadakis, Evans, Govier, Grimes, Leggatt and little people like Jim Rafferty, Ian Scaife and Ronnie Williams. It was a different world for me having come from a country grammar school in UK. In those early years run on English Public School lines with no exeats for juniors and only limited ones for the seniors. Your talk of 'going over the top' John took me back to the time of the night visit to WGS by some lads including Leggatt. They were caught. How many were not? Remember John the assembly when Mr Benyon named them and one by one they had to stand up and leave the hall in 'disgrace' to be taken to a bus and sent home forthwith? Not a very pleasant occasion but reflecting the way that the school was run. Mike Wylie changed all that of course but I'll not go into that. Apologies for yet another dose of nostalgia from an 'oldie'.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

18 Oct 2015

Geoff Hern, do you possibly recall my minor transgression of late night swimming? In conversation with Matron, she made the mistake of telling me that swimming at night was good, as the water temperature was relatively high compared to the air temperature. Now, being of a scientific bent, I decided to use a scientific method of proving, or disproving, this theory. I gathered up a motley crew of budding scientists, and led them covertly to the swimming pool in the dead of night, and we scaled the gates to gain access in the pitch darkness. All was going well, until a duty Master, who was no doubt alerted to our experiment by the sounds of jollity and splashing, entered the pool area to find a few 2nd year students preoccupied with their nocturnal adventure, totally oblivious to the presence of him. Being of, shall we say, slight disposition, I was able to conceal myself by squeezing tightly up to the edge of the pool, and remaining absolutely silent. The other boys, who were more conspicuous, were rounded up and marched back to Marlborough house to face the inevitable slipper. Once they were at a safe distance from the pool, I snuck back to my dorm, and duly tucked myself into bed, to give the duty Master the impression that I was not amongst the marauders. This, however, was ill conceived, as all it took was a quick tug at my blankets to reveal a soaking wet student, still wearing his costume in bed!
Apart from a sore behind, I faced the wrath of Matron at breakfast, who was somewhat peaved that I had more or less implied that the whole episode was actually conducted as a direct result of our prior conversation on the merits of moonlight bathing! It cost me my regular cup of breakfast coffee :( (As I didn't drink tea, this really hurt!)

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

19 Oct 2015

Hi Iain, I remember my first bike in Rheindalen, able to go where and when I wanted, freedom! Even lived the dream when I rode a chopped hog in the States in the early 70's. Do you remember Bernie Beckford, I think he was Caernarvon, left in 67, we met up at Loughborough in '68. Think he married his girlfriend Ros, lost contact when he left. Also Neil ( can't remember his surname!) his girlfriend was Sue Austin, head girl of WGS. His mate was Moss Evans, huge guy, played basketball and rugby.
I've only just found this site so have missed all reunions, would like to attend the next one, perhaps we can meet up.

Dave Hodgson (M63-68)

19 Oct 2015

Thanks for posting those photos Claire. I recognise nearly all those faces in Photo 2 but have trouble putting names to many of them, even though I was in Hillsborough. In Photo 3, the boy sitting back left and looking into the camera, looks really familiar.

Long before I went to WBS, I went to primary school in Poppleton, when my father was stationed at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, so that photo brought back fond memories, also.

Dave Naylor (H64-67)

21 Oct 2015

Geoffrey Pickles.... Re: the MT block classroom. Wouldn't be Mr Tony Fox's would it? I have no idea if he had a breakdown but it wouldn't surprise me after some of the antics myself, Skinhead Evans and Peasoup got up to in his classroom after hours.... I dont remember the fire previously mentioned as I wasn't around (dad got a posting to Spittlegate in Grantham) but again, some of us used to climb the CCF block wall, scale the roof to the building and drop down through a skylight to ransack the place for helmets, boots, gas masks etc and have the occasional smoke...could it be possible some later herbert didnt stub his fag out properly?....

Nigel Hoar (S71-74)

21 Oct 2015

Sorry Jim but I do not remember the swimming episode. Probably I was not on duty although it was bound to be recorded in the Duty Masters' log. The matron was probably Frau Carstens - remember her? I remember lots of names, faces and stories from those early days which pleases me after all this time. In fact the whole 20 years has left many deep memories as my frequent contributions to the Visitors' Page shows. WBS was a vastly different place in 1980 from the one I joined in 1960. Today's contribution - how many remember the Hockey? Both the mixed activity with WGS and the WBS Staff/Boys team run by George Gibbs which roamed BAOR playing Army teams who were usually much better than us with the result that we usually were 'hammered'. And the annual WGS/WBS House tournament usually won by the Staff of course. Sorry nostalgia rears its ugly head again.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

21 Oct 2015

Nigel Hoar......I remember your name well, and have read some of your past entries here, but wish I could put your face to your name! Incidentally, I have have been scanning through these annuls, and have found references to some long forgotten names: Vince and Steve Gulley; Sam Weller - seen him on facebook - senior to me in Edinburgh; Ken Thompson, housemaster of Edinburgh - sadly departed, alas; Tony Fox, RIP my Chap!

Nigel, it was definitely not the late Tony Fox, as he took us for RE - Tony Fox was also our deputy housemaster in Edinburgh House - more about this later. I believe, that he took us for History, and was resident in one of the other houses to Balmoral and Edinburgh. He was taken ill at his house, and whisked off to hospital in the ambulance that was usually garaged in the MT block. The last occasion I saw him was shortly after his return, where he was confined to a wheelchair. Shortly after his brief return, his departure was announced by the Head during assembly. As in all such situations, one may only hope he made some recovery.

Nigel, do you remember when the Head announced the discovery of the theft of clothing from the store during assembly? Do you remember the 'hush' when he announced there would be a "Thorough" investigation taking place? There was hardly a relaxed anal sphincter in that morning assembly! The ransacking was so widespread, that I think I remember there being a general amnesty before the whole matter was dropped; too many boys were implicated in the matter, and it would have taken ages to resolve. There were gas masks, jackets and jack-boots being taken from hidden stashes over on the Back Dyke, that the scale of the felony was too great to pin to anyone! It was great fun, and lifted the spirits enormously, but how stupid we were to ever have become involved in this, and how lucky I feel that the investigation did not go too far. Had I been Roman Catholic, it would have hardly be done to seek absolution in the RC Chapel, as that is where we would nip of for a smoke during the
'Socials' that were held with the girls from WGS.

A little recollection about Tony Fox: anyone remember his lessons in RE? How could anyone forget having the Parables of Jesus compared to the Lyrics of Aqualung by Jethro Tull. I will never forget them, nor him. Lovely guy, worth knowing.

Geoffrey Pickles (E72-77)

21 Oct 2015

My acid test for a Chelsea supporter is to name the 1970 cup winning team, so 'get go' Geoff and see if you can. I have two bits of 'stuff' from those days. One of which is a bound copy of Concordia very much a prize possession to this day and a Marlborough House photo (which I'll attempt to get posted on this site) here the front line consists of left to right....Cooper with a V sign part of his crossed arms; Simon Underwood; Ian Johns; O'Neill;Eustace;Goad (Nick);Baggerly; Govier; Helga Carstens (she, who we felt could launch battleships with those hips) Robertson; lttle welsh gnome ?; Schofield; Pop Worthy (an outstanding teacher, says me); Chelsea supporter; Hannalore Nissen; Evans; Pappadakis;Blessington;Tim Shiel; Grimes; Leggatt; and Southwood (day student)
I remember Schofield giving me 6 of a cane and the lovely Helga standing outside the door grinning. I remember eating pickled onions after lights out and getting a gentle wack from Worthy for my troubles. Robertson despaired of my struggles with the English language, whereas Worthy thought my knowledge of the British Constitution good, if not excellent. I played football and cricket for the school and remember scoring the best own goal ever with a thunderous shot into the top right hand corner worthy of the House hero Leggatt but the wrong goal; this coupled with a glorious off break first ball on a matted wicket that turned three feet and left the Army side looking incredulous as their top scorer shook his head and walked.
There was also a humourist called Holtham who shouted out one night...
look there's Scoff's dog taking him for a walk...
to have the wonderful Housemaster stop by and say
I have taken my dog for a walk, thank you!
I meet him years later at a Stalag Luft disguised as a Prep School in deepest England...
Frabjous days as we don't say
Happy Birthday Geoff

John Eustace (M59-62)

21 Oct 2015

I joined Mr Fox's first form 1AF in 1969; on the wall behind his desk he had a Jethro Tull poster of Ian Anderson on one leg playing the flute.....

Bobby Hoffman (E69-75)

22 Oct 2015

Jim Rafferty's nocturnal exploits have reminded me of the "Curious Incident of the Car in the Night Time".
Walking in line from the House to the Dining Hall for breakfast one fine morning we were all amazed to see a car parked in the middle of the cricket pitch right between the wickets. The car was a Citroen 2CV belonging to Mr Loft-Simpson which appeared to have been bodily lifted into this position. I have no recollection now of the names of the perpetrators or the final outcome. Perhaps someone can enlighten us?

Geoff McPate (S53-57)

22 Oct 2015

Hi Dave, Glad to hear from you! In reply to your question; Yes I remember Bernie Beckford, he was a prefect in Caernarvon, I was a 5th year. The name Neil is, I think, Neil(Ginge) Culley, another Prefect with George(Jock) Carrick. Hope that assists. Yes I hope we all can meet up sometime! Last thing does anyone remember a Biffo Collis, Maths genius? I met him in Hull at the Uni in 1970. Lots of names from the past!!!

Iain (Sandy) Sanderson (C65-68)

22 Oct 2015

Challenge accepted John. Bonetti, Harris, McCreadie, Hollins, Dempsey, Webb, Baldwin, Cooke, Osgood, Hutchinson, Houseman, Sub Hinton, Manager Dave Sexton. Dave Webb scored the winner with a header. I went to the Wembley final which ended 2-2 - first ever Wembley final to end in a draw hence the replay - thanks to Dave Ross who 'negotiated' a couple of tickets from the BAOR. I rest my case.
Geoff Can't help except to say that the Loft-Simpson 2 CV story was part of the Windsor folklore when I arrived in 1960. Molly Malloy, the Sick-Bay Sister regularly told the sorry in the Mess.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

22 Oct 2015

Hi Bobby Hoffman........have been digging deep into the grey matter to remember you, then stumbled on a reference you made in an earlier post you made: you were part of the American contingent whose parents were with Dupont! Am I correct? I heard one of the best renditions of Steppenwolf's 'Born to be Wild' from your compatriots who had formed a band that used to practice in the assembly hall. Your name is familiar, I have to say, though I believe you were in the year above me. tony Fox's class was in the attic space of the teaching block, at the opposite end of the building, but the same floor, to Ken Thompson's music room - Ken Thompson taught the remedial classes also. I want to share with you a little more about Tony Fox, as I got to know him well. He and I went to the M?hne Dam for a day trip, and we drove there in his car - a metallic bronze,Renault 16. I don't know whether you remember, that he used to smoke St Moritz, menthol cigarettes? Well, during the trip, he opened a packet of his favourite brand, and offered me one!! Well, we smoked this peace pipe, then he started talking about his responsibilities as a Deputy Housemaster; What he told me during the drive there really quite astonished me, as he confessed to being vehemently 'anti' corporal punishment, quite uncomfortable with the process of administering a physical, connective, punishment. Tony Fox was quite the Humanist, and keen on discovering new wines - I believe that on retirement he wrote about wines for his regional newspaper. I don't remember whether he offered me to same privilege of smoking on the return journey, as I am sure I would have refused out of politeness - so English.

Geoffrey Pickles (E72-77)

22 Oct 2015

I remember the American day students in WBS. I was invited to a meal with one of the boys families once. Sounds like fun, but I became very wary when mint Jelly was served instead of mint sauce - I had never heard of mint jelly before!
I cannot remember the name of our matron on the lower floor of Marlborough, but she used to give me stamps from the DDR that had been sent to her wrapped in foil inside letters.
I also remember wearing an old green combat jacket with the hammer and sickle, taken from a DDR flag, sown onto the back of it - I was asked not to bring it to school again.

Bob Thompson (M69-74)

 

23 Oct 2015

Responding to the 22-Oct-15 post: Yes Tony Fox was a good guy; a kind of renaissance man. We were lucky to have him and Tommo in Edinburgh - both erste klasse. I took piano lessons from Tommo; I did not play with the US band, but with a few others (Pat O'Neill, Greg Oxford), and speaking of Jethro Tull, we used to play Locomotive Breath at a Social or two.
And speaking of erste klasse teachers - HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mr Hern.

Bobby Hoffman (E69-75)

26 Oct 2015

Geoff H. A true blue, although doubtless being tormented by present events! Yes, that Cup Final! I married on the day, then watched the replay through the window of a closed Streatham High Street Pratts (John Lewis) store. Not a happy bride, unable to understand the sheer joy of victory compared to getting married three days earlier!
Chelsea survive, bride didn't!

John Eustace (M69-62)

26 Oct 2015

Thanks for the greetings Bobby. Yes Tony and Tommo were a great team with KT relying on AF a lot. Just showing off again Bob I think the downstairs matron was Frau Blasing who followed the redoubtable Frau Carstens mentioned in John's post. As different as chalk and cheese.
By the way nobody has yet answered the maths problem that I set on November 10th last year not even Dave! Jago or Christine (thought I'd mention her as she loves maths so much). Really an interesting one for me as it involves patterns, numbers and proof. The famous, for some at least, Leonhard Euler would have loved it. 'Love mathematics' not a phrase you often hear and I've managed it twice in one post.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

27 Oct 2015

Hi Iain Sanderson and Dave Hodgson. I literally bumped into PC Iain Sanderson one afternoon whilst attempting to get into Hammersmith Hospital to visit my father. There was a protest going on at the traffic light junction following a fatal accident sadly involving a child. The police were there in force to control the crowd. Every now and then they let the traffic pass then linked arms and stopped traffic and allowed the protesters to march back and forth over the A40 at that junction. I nearly ended up with a bearded copper sitting on my bonnet. When said copper came to the drivers window and asked me to roll down the window I thought I'd end up in Wormwood Scrubs....a few yards away.
Of course it was you Sandy. We went on to meet at the Spiders Web Hotel one evening; but the least said about that night the better ? Widows Night I think they called it?
Be very pleased to meet up at the next reunion or sooner. We eat at the Instow Arms, The Boathouse and the renamed The Quay in Instow. How can we arrange a date ?
So pleased to see so much activity on this site now. Facebook is a soulless place in comparison.
Such good memories evoked by these postings.

Ralph Bennett (M62-68)

28 Oct 2015

I haven't been on this site for a while, it was good to read some of the messages very interesting. Hope all you Windsorites are all well.
Hello to Chris Lancaster, glad to hear all is good with you, and hello to anyone that remembers me.
Glad this site is still going despite the various other methods of communication now.

Steph Southall (B78-80)

28 Oct 2015

Just came back from the local Fiat dealers. Went in to complain about my rattling Qubo. The guy checking it found out that I was an ex-maths teacher. 'I've discovered an interesting maths fact' he said. 'Take any number and multiply it by itself. Then multiply together the two numbers on either side of the chosen number and the result will always be one less than the square.' Eg take 6, square it ie 36. Then multiply 5 by 7 the numbers on either side of 6 ie 35 which is one less than 36. So was he right? I thought of you all and decided you would love to try it and to make it today's posting. Check that it works for few more and prove that he was. It is easy but is a good example of Euler-style mathematical method. He seems to have sorted out the rattle too - my fault for buying a Fiat but Citroen stopped selling the Nemo in GB.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

28 Oct 2015

Mein Gott im Himmel Herr Hearn! Driving a Fiat or a Citroen? Is this the man who drove a BRG MG Midget? You're getting old, methinks. :D

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

29 Oct 2015

Happy birthday Mr Hern, have a great day!

Linda Lecun (B76-79)

29 Oct 2015

Hi to Dave Hodgson I remember playing Bridge with you, Mr Cadby and others in your Dorm. Hi also to Iain (Sandy) Sanderson, I think you had a leg in plaster at some stage in Rheindahlen and we shared a liking of the Shadows. Great to hear you are both well. Many happy returns to Mr Hern.

Gerry Mills (M65-68)

29 Oct 2015

Very many thanks Linda one of the intrepid young WGS ladies who risked all by attending lessons in the WBS Maths block. Great days. I was wondering if you would remember. Hope you have a wonderful day too. Thanks too to Gerry. Good of you to think of me after all this time.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

29 Oct 2015

Two posts in one day - apologies to all.Yes it comes to us all Malcolm. Incidentally the Midget was rubbish. Built, or thrown together, in the days of Red Robbo undermining BMC with strikes and pitifully poor management to boot! This together with the practically zero service facilities in Germany, one agent on the BMC list had never actually seen a real live BMC car but they did have a picture of one cellotaped to their window, made me swear never to buy British again so it was over to VW for me and 40 years of trouble-free motoring. I notice that you avoided the maths problem as everyone else does. Where did I go so wrong in those 20 Windsor years?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

29 Oct 2015

Hi nice to find this site prompted by meeting a stranger who was also in Marlborough a bit before. I remember peter kitchen well and him hitting me (hard) with an umbrella in the house cross country and bellowing " get to the front Hepburn you're a sportsman!". I recall he was a sprinter in his day and Lindsay went on to sell ice cream locally(?). I'm sorry to here peter is no longer around. More stories to follow. Regards Glen

Glen Hepburn (M76-83)

29 Oct 2015

There is a noun which is little used these days- it is the 'DISTAFF SIDE'. I am very much afraid that this is missing in the month of October. Perhaps, future months will carry more WGS posts and correct the balance.

Colin Hawthorne (M74-79)

29 Oct 2015

Happy Birthday Geoff! Sorry couldn't resist the car comment. Having gone through Mini Coopers, Alfa Giulias and Giuliettas (love them old Alfas) I too ended up with an Audi, a BMW and then VWs over the last 30 years for similar reasons. Re. the maths problem: I will attack it over the weekend after the grandchildren have given me some peace and quiet. Please don't punish me for being late with my prep. again, sir.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

30 Oct 2015

Hi Geoff and Simon.Just to let you know I'm alive and well. Yes I remember those trips to the Sauerland very well. I recall one occassion Geoff needed the toilet and took two pieces of loo roll with him. Only to return with one. Pete Cartwright, Gerry Bird and I thought this extremely funny. Geoff you were obviously conscience of the need to save the planet even in those pre green days!

Steve Gulley (E70-74)

30 Oct 2015

I have just unearthed a photograph taken behind the Hall during the summer term 1956. It shows a group of Form 4A students assembled beside the Stevenson Screen. From those I remember Titch(John) Reynolds is sitting on top of the screen.
Kneeling or lying on the ground are Nigel Frith, Gordon Pierce, myself, Pip(Andrew) Tait, Tony Davis. Standing ??Crombie and Shirley Berry appears to have her foot on my shoulder. I think the photo was taken by Miss Butterworth. Where are you all now I wonder?

Geoff McPate (S53-57)

31 Oct 2015

Great to see that message from Steve Gulley and that you remember the walk to Altenilpe Steve! I can remember many laughs in Edinburgh House when you were around and probably plenty of time spent listening to Led Zep! Any news of Pete Cartwright or his brother Mike who was goalie for the 1st eleven in a side that included some very talented footballers like Pete Dyche, Neil Carrick (sadly no longer alive), John Henderson, Steve Hollis, Scott Innes, Sam Weller? And what about your brother Vince? Martin lives in Newcastle and me in London.

Colin Hawthorne: great to see your memories of Am Huckenholz where we lived for about 5 years, front row, house closest to the park. Thanks again for all those times listening to Monty Python and Pink Floyd! Have you still got the "lemming" I brought you back from Norway in 1975?

Simon Brindley (E69-75)

31 Oct 2015

Well, I felt I had to make a "distaff side" appearance to even things up, although it may get posted in November!

I had a look at your numbers from November last year, Mr Hern (obviously a quiet evening on the box!). It would appear if you start with 17 squared plus 69 squared, you get a "repetitive" answer - the pattern continues if you add 19 to the first number and deduct 12 from the second, the last set for which this works is 93 squared and 21 squared. It looks very pretty on the page, but I haven't a clue why this should be :-) Is there another relationship between the numbers which I haven't discovered? Incidentally, maths and logic is very important for me when I design bobbin lace or knitting patterns.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

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