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01 Feb 2018

Mr Hern, The mention of Maths sends shivers down my spine!!

We are going to Sennecy le Grand at the end of June. A place of a S.A.S sortie during the 2nd world war - museums and war memorials. We are going to drive there but apparently there are lakes and woodlands to explore.And of course the vineyards!!

Christine Willmott (M77-80)

01 Feb 2018

Well, here goes, attempting to score a goal early in the piece. Although last night the score at Stamford Bridge was not funny at all.February is my dry month, any mathematician will quickly work out why! I intend to dry out prior to a month in Australia to sample the delights of the Yarra Valley and points south, north and east.
Quick quiz for the agile minded. A golf course architect designed his nine hole golf course as a par 36 with the following layout 3,3,5, 4,4,3, 5,5,4 What caused him to establish this lay out? 1st Prize, Postcard from Melbourne, 2nd Prize Two postcards from Melbourne!

John Eustace (M59-62)

03 Feb 2018

Ffoeg Sir, Please grant me the privilege of 'inciting a riot' on this page?
I make this request to provoke responses that will provide interesting reading in February.

Sebrof 'the Anarchist'

P.S. Can anyone provide an alternative to keep Bill busy?????

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

04 Feb 2018

Forget the maths, lets remember football.
1) Pete Leggat, demon forward who had his hand damaged by one of Mr. Nuttals shots in a warm up?
2) John Oliver, super goalkeeper who's the only Plymouth Argyle supporter I've come across so far.
3) Gordon Seabrook, tricky winger who needed to wear his specs to play
and scored a wonderful curler into the far right corner direct from a corner. Beckham, eat your heart out!
4) The inter house junior match on the back field when the fog rolled in. Me and Oliver wondered why it had gone quiet until we discovered the match had been abandoned. The other 20 players were on their way back to the gym leaving me and John peering through the murk on our own.
5) The Hairy Hern, aggressive mid fielder who took no prisoners! He did take us to see Chelsea vs. West Germany in Duisburg though....

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

05 Feb 2018

I must reply to John and then no more maths. My well-known experts (Agata and Charles) tell me that it was because he had a rectangular field with 3:4 as the ratio of the two sides and the diagonal would then be 5 of course. I'll leave it at that.
Sebrof I find it difficult to list things that could provoke discussion that have not been written about at length on here before. Arrivals, dispersals, House Birthday parties, inter-school drama & activities, hockey, D of E, Windsor Society, Rambling Club, Du Pont, my bike, the floods, the explosion in the paint factory, the 'system' and how it affected individuals and so on. Not to mention Malcolm's soccer. So quite a list but the schools were 30 years old when they closed. Maybe others can suggest new ones. By the way both you and Pamela encouraged me (Jan 27 postings) so I'm blaming you two. Once a teacher always a teacher you see!!

Geoff Hern (B60-80)

05 Feb 2018

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. eight, nine
3,3,5, 4,4,3, 5,5,4

The par was created after the letters of the hole #

Gottcha; over thinking that one, methinks G.H.?

John Eustace (M59-62)

05 Feb 2018

Hi IzzzzI, I think that Bill has enough to keep him busy, what, with all of these problems with getting our messages onto the board.
Almost every time I post one, I am greeted with pages telling me that This site contains viruses! Just like this one:-
"Your HomeSafe Virus Alerts are switched on and suspects this site may contain a virus. You can still visit:
http://fp1.formmail.com/cgi-bin/fm192 but there's a risk that this may damage your device or files."
I then have to go back and forth until I actually get to the page that asks me to type in the security word.

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

I believe this problem is all about the BT supplied virusguard - I am running Bitdefender and it does not see the script site as a threat. I am guessing that the "security word" you are referring to is the word you have to copy to prove you are not a spammer, I had to install it because spam attempts were using up all of my allotted forms.

To repeat - http://fp1.formmail.com/cgi-bin/fm192 is just a site that processes the form that you fill in, I used to do it myself but BT didn't like the idea of mail being re-directed that way.Anyone who has BT mail will know that they can be paranoid - I have had to redirect my personal mailbox to Apple Mail because BT couldn't cope with the idea that I might be accessing my mail with two seperate devices and kept saying that my account was being hacked.

If you are not happy about using the form then just email me direct billc@btinternet.com but make sure that you give all your details because that is the reason that the form is used. - Bill

05 Feb 2018

Geoff ( and Christine ) , in an earlier post I said how I was missing out on my annual trip to Willingen in the Sauerland due to our usual accommodation being booked. We went instead to Fort William and it was a great substitute! Wonderful setting and scenery.
As for WGS memories...who could forget the Staff Entertainment. I remember we alternated each year with 6th formers and it was to celebrate the school birthday. Rehearsals were fun and often manic.

Rae Mitchell(nee Cleverly) (M77-81)

06 Feb 2018

A couple of things. Mr Hern will be pleased to know that I used Pythagoras to work out the length of the side wall of my garden to draw up a plan.

I'm glad Rae enjoyed Fort William. My great-grandmother's ancestors came from the area and I still have relatives there, including a second cousin whom I visit. Her grandfather was a local entrepreneur, and got his brother to write a guide to the area (Descriptive Guide to Prince Charlie's Country, including Fort William ... Ben Nevis, and Glencoe [with illustrations]) which he published around 1900. I managed to get hold of this when it was reprinted a few years ago, still worth a read today!

Not sure about inciting riots - there were probably all sorts of things going on at school that staff didn't know about. Such as the German lad who came and visited our dorm one night (he entered via the loose bar in the railings, bent obligingly by a chap known as the "bend the bar" man). Or sleeping in the baths - our dorm got away with it, the dorm next door decided they wanted to have a go and did it the following night - and got caught. And after lights out - getting out the Ouija board to see what our futures held. Memorable for me that it spelled out "Harvey", which isn't too far from my late husband's stage name of Havering. Or, in fact, a cat I had a few years ago called Harvey. Ah, maybe the cat was my real true love.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

06 Feb 2018

Universities generally list their notable Alumni mine being no exception with names such as Mahatma Gandhi, Stelios Haji-Ioannu, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, Sophie Raworth etc.etc.
Who do we have that went on to become publically recognised figures?

Geoff McPate (S53-57)

06 Feb 2018

What is there to say John? Except that I prefer the Bolimoska/Phan solution. They admit that they were a bit silly to 'over-think' that there usually is a connection between par and the difficulty of a hole!! Gotcha indeed!!!!
By the way I've failed so far to mention that I am no longer interested in any sport and especially football - don't even know any scores this season - which seems to be only about money and is full of primadonnas. The more innocent days of Osgood, Hudson and 'Chopper' Harris are long gone.
Not going to mention m.... but it's encouraging that Pamela has used Pythagoras is in her garden planning.
Famous Windsor alumni? I can't think of any Geoff but it's a worth checking. Maybe they've all left their mark in a less flamboyant way but nevertheless have contributed just as much to society in general. I can rhink of several who post on this page who have done, and still do, just that. Wow hope that doesn't sound pompous.

Geoff Hern (B60-80)

07 Feb 2018

Taken from the Volume 1 of Concordia Spring 1960 (see left)
Under the Microscope relates to pupils at WBS only
15% intend to make a career in the Army
22% in the R.A.F.
19% in the R.N.
44% want to be civilians
9% hope to go to University

28% have been to more than 10 schools
22% were born outside the U.K.

of 396 boys records available
14% have an I.Q of less than 90%
53% between 90 & 110%
20% above 110 and lower than 120%
13% have an I.Q. above 120

It's worth bearing in mind these stats relate to the five houses then in existence

John Eustace (M59-62)

07 Feb 2018

I know an X Windsorite who is titled, associates with politicians, a British envoy in Asia and has all the nonsense that goes with it at the tax payers expense.
Look at their personal life and you would be appalled.

Some time ago Mr Hern and I had a falling out because I misjudged him due to my experience with other teachers and truly regret it.
Ffoeg Hern is an unsung hero who should be nominated for an award.
At Windsor he was not only a teacher but gave service to enabling students to participate and gain holistic knowledge from a plethora of other activities as well as parenting where required.
Ffoeg still offers these services via this site.
Once a teacher always a teacher, once a guru always a guru, once the patriarch always a patriarch.

THANK YOU Ffoeg LOM

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

11 Feb 2018

Tony Reilly ((January post). Up the stairs to the first floor. Turn left. Head down the corridor on the right you have the toilets then the bathroom then dorm 106 then 105. All facing the games room with the football table and full size snooker table. Now getting back to your post the smell of smoke was nothing compared with the smell of coffee boiled in the cup with the most dangerous of heated coil thing imaginable. Topped off with a spoonful of "coffee mate". And who could forget a corridor full of brut as we all made our way over to the weekend discos.

Gez Gilmer (M73-77)

15 Feb 2018

Gez, ah yes the coiled heaters....Not sure who it was that put theirs in a plastic cup but sure it didn't happen once. Someone recently reminded me that I was the 'Hairdresser' back in the day, was busy both pre and post hair check. Id completely forgotten about it, feather cut anyone?

Tony Reilly (M73-76)

16 Feb 2018

Haven't posted before but I was inspired by Malcolm Graham's post about football. I remember all three names he mentioned. In fact if my memory is correct I recall Gordon Seabrook joining Edinburgh at the same time as James Tregidgo. We were told one was a great footballer and the other a famous actor, and of course when they arrived we all got them the wrong way round!
I was the young footballer in the Edinburgh team that tore my knee ligaments, and ended up in plaster from hip to ankle for 6 weeks. Made it hard work getting up and down stairs during that time. Oh, and BMH Munster caught on fire the night I had my knee set, so I was shipped back to Hamm the next day.
By the way, James Tregidgo was otherwise known as James Aubrey, star of the original Lord of the Flies. I used to sit next to him at meal times. By sheer coincidence my wife knew him in Jamaica when they were posted there in the early 60's, at the time he was chosen for the film!

John Rayner (E61-63)

18 Feb 2018

Gez Gilmer, "Weekly Disco"? We were lucky to have a social once a term, and then it was a single record player, probably a Dansette, operated and monitored by a member of staff! As for Brut, boys didn't wear perfume back in those days, although we did have a bath at least once a year - whether we needed it or not!

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

18 Feb 2018

I believe Geoff(Hern) that you taught in Copenhagen for a number of years. In the early 1980s when our children were about 12/14 we decided to take our annual holiday to Denmark, sailing from Newcastle to Esbjerg. We stayed in an A-House at the Himmerland Golf & Country Club in North Jutland. At that time certainly there was little or no traffic on the roads and most houses by the roadside had flagpoles with the Danish flag flying. We visited Aalborg and the Den Gamle By Museum at Aarhus and of course LEGOLAND at Billund as well as other places of interest. One day driving along a beach we passed through a crowd of people.In the children's words "They haven't got any clothes on"

Geoff McPate (S53-57)

19 Feb 2018

Yes Geoff at Copenhagen International School from 1988-99 - another great job. Regularly went to Jutland on holiday when in Hamm too. So I know Denmark reasonably well. Even in the 1990's the roads were not busy - the very high Danish tax on buying cars means fewer of them around. Public transport is excellent though and cycle paths are everywhere - maybe they've got the balance right. As your children observed, the Danes love the sun. the long winters mean that they make the most of it in the parks in Copenhagen too so it's not confined to the excellent Jutland beaches.

Geoff Hern (B60-80)

19 Feb 2018

Tony Riley, after our regular twice a term haircut duty, lining up in the corridor with mr kitchen or mr bugden tapping you on the shoulder if your hair was too long we were then on the haircut list, so no privileges exiats/disco`s etc until we were ticked off, and having the choice between rileys shears or mr greedys wife giving us a trim it was an easy decision, jim rafferty when i started in 73 we had a house party every year (november for marlborough) and then your year disco every term, when we got to the summer of 75 we started having discos at the boys and girls schools on sat/sun during visiting times normally it would be 1,2&3rd years to the girls on sat then 4.5&6th years on sunday and vice verse for the girls, bathtime was a daily routine and had to be signed off by matron presenting shoes at the same time , we were well trained

Gez Gilmer (M73-77)

19 Feb 2018

Hope that the operation has not been postponed again Jim. Any news??
John I well remember James Tregidigo joining the school and one of my maths groups. And in my usual strange way saying to him that Tregidgo was too much of a mouthful for me so I called him 'Fred'. He liked it (or said he did!) and the name stuck. Maybe he's one for your list of alumni Geoff although his claim to fame came from before, and after, his Hamm years. Excellent as Ralph in the Lord of the Rings. Sadly he died at an early age in 2010

Geoff Hern (B60-80)

20 Feb 2018

Hi I was at Windsor Boys School, circa 1963/5.
I was in Sandringham House, I was also in the C.C.F. - Regards

Brian Murphy (S63-65)

21 Feb 2018

John Rayner I remember you hobblin' about. Must have been painful.
House and school 'socials' I remember as I was lucky enough to be in one of the beat groups who played at a few of these - that was fun.
Another musical memory is the dance in the main hall, must have been 1963, when some of the seniors commandeered the record player and put on The Freeweelin' Bob Dylan. That stopped the dancing dead in its tracks but opened up a whole new musical vista for a few of us ...oh, and I did finally get a pair of Levis, a jacket and boots like wot he had on the albun cover when I started work in 1965. ;)

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

But did you get a Suze Rotolo to go with them....

21 Feb 2018

No Bill, I didn't get Suze but I did get my missus who, funnily enough, looked/s like an even more beautiful version of her - and she's put up with me for nearly 50 years!
Gallant ol' git, ain't I?

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

I believe that is the correct response Malcolm.... :-)

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