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01 Sept 2017

Hi all, It's been quiet around here! I guess folks have been on holiday, caring for grand-children, etc.....

I've been verking and exhausted..... 'All work and no play makes iZZZZi a dull dude' - so it's time to have some fun....... I WIsh!

Friday night fun used to be 'out on the toon eyeing up the talent'. then came work, mortgages, cars, etc - all of which required a more serious attitude and not one that I like......

Just when I thought I could lose any sense I had achieved and have it removed like my wisdom teeth I decided it was time for a change and started yet another job................
This tells me 2 things both of which stem from my time at WGS and / or being an army B---airn - I am a glutton for punishment exercise and have to be on the move and seeking new adventures......

The question is this - 'will I ever grow up?' - I Sincerely hope not - as for boring ' gonnie no dae that gonnie no'

I can't be the only one still getting up to mischief - what are the rest of you doing to 'Blazon wide our history' on this planet?

I must be getting auld because I am thinking of hitting the hay and it's only 23:42 - I was up at 5:45 this morning which is unheard of for me as my preferred bed time is around 3 AM - I am a night hawk (to give me my polite name)..

Good night and no snoring please!! iZZZZZi

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

04 Sept 2017

Good to see you are still alive and kicking, iZZZZi!

The old itchy feet syndrome from the old army life has kicked in with me, that's what I have been doing in my summer hols - about to uproot and move to the north of Scotland, much to the shock and outrage of certain members of my family. "It's such a long way away!" - as if the places I lived as a child all over the world weren't a "long way away" ;-) A long way away from where? Once I live there, it will be "home".

This time of year we would be packing up to go back to WGS. I wonder what the local populace of Hamm were thinking! I always think of that when I watch the old St Trinian's films, the bit at the start of one of them when they board up their houses and move out when they hear that the St Trinian's girls are coming back to their neighbourhood.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

04 Sept 2017

Well you've it again Sebrof. Shamed me into listing. Sorry I've not contributed for a while but even in my retired state, as you know, I've been rather busy and also I still doubt that my contributions are welcomed by some. Hope you continue to make good progress both with the new job and conquering the bug.
Christine Glad that you got to Basel. Did you see any signs of Euler? There's even a hotel named after him - a former student of mine sent me a postcard of it as he said I had been 'banging on' about Euler in lessons. Glad too that you found the walking in the Black Forest to your liking as well. There's no doubt about it great holidays can be had in Germany but Brits don't seem to realise it and that part of Germany means France and Switzerland as well and you appear to have made good use of it. Now if you could only like maths a little.
Hope your granddaughter likes the book John. It's a bit of a risk recommending a book that you have enjoyed. I became fascinated with the history of maths but don't tell Christine.
Pamela is heading for the hills as well. I don't do envy but I do still regret not retiring to the hills. And you all know which ones.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

05 Sept 2017

Interesting posts to start the month. I have long held the view that while there was much to benefit from these schools there has always been (to my mind and experience) a situation where we don't put roots down too deep because in our history, is the sudden uprooting as the needs of the forces dictated! It transcends into behaviour that causes friendships to be either very strong or very transient.
If this happened today we'd all be suing the military for loss of all sorts of things and win!

John Eustace (M59-62)

06 Sept 2017

Mr Hern - strangely enough I had no sightings of Euler..........perhaps if I had it would have inspired me along the mathematical line a bit more?? Loss cause I think!!

But Germany was lovely - also been to France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Switzerland many times

Any recommendations for next year??

Christine Willmott (M77-80)

06 Sept 2017

Hi all,

Hope Bill enjoyed his well deserved break - good to see us back in action tho!

Pamela it is magic that you are returning to Bonnie Scotland - how far north are you going? Not the Brocht I hope???

Ffoeg a strange question for the site Guru - does sauerkraut originate in the Sauerland? Do you know how it came about? (I am aware that this is cuisine and history but once a teacher.........)

John you are not the first person to suggest that we would be suing the military if we were in the circumstances of our childhood in todays world. I have 2 comments - would you sue your father as it was his career choice that caused your upbringing?
Secondly, we actually had a privileged schooling and life that was far superior to most of my peers. I hated Windsor as previous posts will confirm but I now appreciate the benefits of the regime and am grateful for that. Geoff Hern has played a major role in enabling me to see how fortunate we were and I owe him big time.

Where are 'the Were Malkie', David Gray, et al hiding these days? Would love to hear how life is treating you.

Mad banter and memories (good or bad) keep us all communicating - the more the merrier!!! LOL

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

08 Sept 2017

Hallo iZZZZi!

I have been looking up the background to the name of the Sauerland - not least because my grandfather came from there. Apparently it was originally "Suderland", and changed over the centuries to "Suerland" and finally to the current form. I think Sauerkraut was not just traditionally made in Germany, but also ancient China and Rome - a way of preserving vegetables over the winter period. Full of vitamins and supposed to be good for you, but I have always hated it. Luckily, not a tradition in the German side of my family!

As to Scotland - my (other) grandfather was Glaswegian - but his father came from Newbattle, his mother's family from Oban and Fort William. I'm not going back to the ancestral haunts, but wishing to live near the sea, it's a fishing village on the Moray coast. Three of my children are delighted and can't wait to visit. The fourth is sulking because I have moved even further away from London. I don't know if the move is just because of army life itchy feet, but I think the fact I can even consider doing it at my time in life is probably a result of that lifestyle. Do you remember the luggage tags when we were at WGS? St James had orange triangles, to make sure our suitcases were delivered to the right house at the start of term. (Just bringing it back to something remotely Windsor-related!)

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

08 Sept 2017

Sebrof Me? A guru? I hardly think so. No Sauerkraut did not originate in the Sauerland. In fact like many things, including some great mathematics Christine!, I have it on good authority that it started in China and worked it's way across the trade routes, as did Chinese mathematics, to the west.
So glad that the German trip was such a success. Next year? Try another part of Germany. Some great walking and historic towns and cities in the former East Germany. Thuringerwald (similar to The Black Forest), Dresden, Gotha, Weimar, ....... I can also recommend Denmark. Worked there for 11 years before retirement. The Danes are very laid-back but they love the Brits and all seem to speak better English than we do. But there are no hills for walking although the west coast is great if you like long sandy beaches and occasional GB weather!! Here ends the Travel Show

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

08 Sept 2017

My comment about suing the military is a reflection of the world we now live in. A sad one in my view. I think I've previously acknowledged going to WBS was transforming to this boy. My father offered me the chance of an apprenticeship at Mac Fisheries or WBS. I didn't like fish that much, so there but for the grace of God, eh!

John Eustace (M59-62)

09 Sept 2017

Mr Hern - Thank you for your info - food for thought there.

Went To Copenhagen a few years ago - my husband was working in Sweden and I met him there. Very interesting - some lovely walks along the canals, the churches and gardens. Would give the mermaid a miss though!! What were you doing there for all that time??

Christine Willmott (M77-80)

11 Sept 2017

Yes Christine the mermaid is very over-rated - much smaller than the pictures indicate but it's very Danish - Hans Christian Anderson and so on.
What was I doing there? Teaching of course! Can't do anything else! International Baccalaurete at the Copenhagen International School from 1988-99. A great job like all my three others - what a lucky fellow I was! 35 differ nationalities and a lot of great students who had to undergo an Euler (him again?), Monty Python and Goon Show initiation.
Couldn't agree more John about the way that everybody reaches for a lawyer these days. There was a lot wrong in the old days but I don't think this is an improvement - but that's probably a grumpy old man talking.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

12 Sept 2017

Sue, Grabbit & Run those well known solicitors! I'm in two minds about recourse to legal action. A very severe event in my life some years ago, caused me to turn to lawyers, hiring a Jewish, Irish law firm in Boston MA. Meehan, Boyle and Cohen seemed to cover off the bases in that town and so it proved. I have admiration for the American jurisprudence system (Obviously I won!) I learnt a lot, not least about attention to detail. Interesting that they started off asking for 40% of the result and settled for 20% without blinking! Reading 'Getting to yes' was never more useful than that day!
How timely these notes on Copenhagen as, I head there for five days next month. All suggestions on what to do welcome. I have the re-opened Jazzhus Montmarte on a list which includes multiple bike rides. Madklubben is also recommended, but talk of it being for millennial's is somewhat off putting. So recent restaurant suggestions too most welcome please...

John Eustace (M59-62)

12 Sept 2017

I knew you would be teaching there!! We were very lucky - my husbands company paid for a business suite over looking the whole of Copenhagen - did make me wonder in view of the cost over there, how people can afford to go on holiday there? Let alone live there. Where did you live?

And yes, I bought the lads some Han Christian Anderson books - as you do!!

As for the mermaid - had to see it - but like you said - very small - much better things to see and do there.

Christine Willmott (M77-80)

12 Sept 2017

Hi to the 'Mermaid Club'

Has any one seen Lorelei on the Rhine and how does it compare to the Copenhagen mermaid?

I camped on the Rhine and was quite impressed with Lorelei when I was young - wonder what I would think if I revisited now?
It would certainly conjure up some very happy memories!!! LOL

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

18 Sept 2017

The world keeps on turning. I bought my first acoustic guitar from Kaufhof Dortmund in 1962, my first electric guitar from a little shop in Dortmund Zentrum a year or so later. I got my hands on a very old German acoustic guitar recently which needed some original replacement parts. The only person I could find who had 'em is in Dorsten, not far from Dortmund.
They're on their way. The world keeps on turning.....

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

23 Sept 2017

Hi Malcolm, It's great that after all these years your guitar problem was solved by a connection from way back then.
How is the guitar behaving now?

Who is your guitar hero? What tunes do you play from your WBS days?

Ziggy still plays guitar for me......

It would be interesting to hear more about the guitar heroes from the different eras at Windsor?
'Heroes' - another Bowie favourite but from a very different time and place

Us ex Windsor dudes are in a very different time and place and it's magic that we are communicating with that one place (not time) in common

Keep in touch guys and girls

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

23 Sep 2017

Hi John. Forget the mermaid and the Trivoli Gardens. Do down the canal where there are some lovely little restaurants and really picturesque.

Christine Willmott (M77-80)

23 Sep 2017

Mr Hern - AKA Geoff and Ffoeg

How this finds you enjoying life and the chat here

Do I still qualify as Mrs Angry Negative with Windsor? or has my status improved?
The banter here certainly makes me feel better these days

Sebrof

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

23 Sep 2017

I quote from The Times Saturday Review today when a biographer writes of Anthony Powell as such...
...'His upbringing had been unsettled and upsetting from the start. He was the shy lonely son of an army subaltern who never entirely got over his initial anger and resentment at the birth of his only child. Tony and his mother lived out of suitcases in shabby hotels or rented rooms following his father from one posting to the next. Rootlessness made him wary, self effacing and a superlative observer of other people...'
Ouch, but what an interesting observation of something we touch on occasionally in the musing of this site! If you've not seen it, Channel 4's 1997 adaptation of A Dance to the Music of Time, surely his seminal work, it is a joy to witness on a winter night ahead

John Eustace (M59-62)

24 Sept 2017

iZZZZZZZZZi - yup, in one of the catchup bands we do play about a dozen of those old songs which I played with the guys at WBS. Beatles, Kinks, Stones, Coasters stuff which is great fun now we know the right chords and stuff!
You ask who my favourite guitarist is. It changes day to day. This bright sunny morning I would probably answer Ry Cooder and Derek Trucks. Tomorrow it may be Peter Green and Jeff Beck. Hendrix is always there too, of course.
Aha, Ziggy - bragging time. The manager of the band I played in prior to me getting married was also the honcho of Friars, Aylesbury. He always was able to get Bowie to play at the club and I was there when he did his first Ziggy public performance in 1972. What a night!
Eustace mentions Anthony Powell and I would add an old psychedelicy song to his comment - "Can I Join Your Band" by The Creation from 1967. Apart from the lyrics referring to Daddy being a soldier, I find the message of the song very poignant as maybe us service chidren wanted to be part of the band / gang wherever we landed. Have a liten on the utoob. Maybe that's a bit heavy for a beautiful Sunday morning.... Happy Daze :)

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

26 Sept 2017

Sorry John. As you can see from the previous post I left Copenhagen over 17 years ago and, even though I've been back on Maths Conferences twice, any restaurant suggestions would be way out of date. Christine is right of course, as throughout all of Scandinavia, Copenhagen is an expensive place to live and visit but then the salaries paid are higher. I also agree to avoid the Mermaid and Tivoli Gardens although there are often good concerts at the latter. She was probably writing about Nyhavn where the restaurants are but they are a bit too touristy for the Danes themselves. As I write it occurs to me that you must have been there before so perhaps know as much about the place as I do. Cycling is a good bet but October can be a bit 'parky' so be prepared. The transport system is excellent and they do a Tourist card. Have a great time.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

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