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04 Jan 2018

Happy New Year to all Windsorites

The first entries on this site were in December 1998.
Let's make 2018 a great year with lots of memories and interesting posts.

Any good or bad events on returning to school after Christmas?
Would love to hear about them

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

09 Jan 2018

Be warned this is a 'once a teacher always a teacher' post. BT have put me off posting - see previous post - but what excuse have all the other non-posters? Some regulars have gone quiet. Why? one posting a month from everyone would keep Bill busy. It's obvious from those that sent pre-Christmas greetings that many really appreciate the work that Bill has done under difficulties to keep the page going so let's get back to the January 2017 and break a few records. Don't leave it all up to Izzzi and Pamela. There must be many memories, good or bad, not yet mentioned. I know that I upset a few lads with my occasional 'hairies' so if all else fails get your own back on me but bear in mind my age!! I'll try to post this by taking Pamela's advice if not it's via Bill again.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

09 Jan 2018

This photo of Marlborough (above) has been in my possession ever since the Newbury reunion, so apologies for the slothful reproduction of it on this site. I am going to try and identify the seated front row from left to right; apologies to those behind, but do let me know who you are. Equally if you want to copy please do.

Here we go;


Cooper; Underwood; Johns; O'Neill; Eustace; Goad; Bagguley; Govier; Carstains; Robertson; Wynn(something); Schofield; Worthy; Hern; Nissen; Evans; Pappadakis; Blessington; Shiel; Grimes; Leggatt; Southwood.


Not bad eh, Geoff Hern looking younger than the six formers;Note Rod Cooper and his fingers.

John Eustace (M59-62)

09 Jan 2018

OK people, particularly Geoff, I'm still alive and wishing (everyone-1) ex Windsor a Happy New Year.
Bill continues to do a sterling job keeping this forum going for which I'm eternally grateful - Thank you Bill, not only for the site but delivering the asked for rollicking late last year which I deserved (but I still feel the same way ;))
No intrigue - Bill has his rules which I respect and will adhere to from now on.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

09 Jan 2018

Thanks John. That photo brought back memories. Yes I was a greenhorns and occasionally got mistaken for one of the lads. I can remember a few Tim Gadd, Steve Spence, Roger Holyoake and the Wynn you refer to is Haydn Jones who soon after became Hillsborough Housemaster when Tony Flower left.
Now to try to get this one past the strange BT system.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

09 Jan 2018

Happy new year to all!. 2018 was a long way off in 1960 when that picture of Marlborough was taken!(I think it was 1960). Must admit that I can not remember it being taken. However, it would seem to be me in the first row sitting on the grass third from the left, with Billy Wilson to the left next to me. At that time the Blazers were red and mine soon had a large inkstain on the back. The days of pens with rubber ink tanks with which somebody made use of. Thank you for posting the pic, John. I spent nearly half of my working life as a school photographer in Germany, Now I am just a lazy git old Pensioner!.

Ronnie Williams (M60-67)

10 Jan 2018

Happy New Year to all Windsorites. Any of you lived in Goch at the same time as me?

Christine Robinson (StJ66-68)

10 Jan 2018

Ah, memories, I think it was Billy Wilson who gave me the photograph. He reminded me that he was my 'Fag' when we met that day at Newbury. I seem to recall he was a taxi driver when we last met.
BUT more important to us Marlborough boys, is the burning question,
Did Jim Raffety go under the knife and is he recovering...Jim, We should be told!
As for the date of the photo, Geoff Hern might be the numbers genius to tell, but for me I'm opting for late 61 when I'd have been in L6th studying such intellectual pursuits as 'Pitch the ball up, Boy' from Tom Riley (who had a beautiful daughter) as he encouraged my slow right arm off break bowling. Then, of course, next door we had Mr Cutler, how he winged it, is a lesson to us all

John Eustace (M59-62)

11 Jan 2018

Yes I agree John. Did Jim finally have the operation and if yes how's he getting on?
The photo dates from early 1961 - probably May but no later.
A sudden burst of postings after my plea but that may not have been in response to it. But, for example, nothing for a while from Ralph Bennett (thanks again for the Christmas card), Dave Hodgson - had another mini-reunion yet? Linda le Cun - who forgot my birthday in 2017!!! And Rae or are you in the Sauerland? Alan Hughes hasn't posted for some time either. And Christine you'll be pleased to know that I have adopted your shopping system. I have my own list and my wife and I do our own thing and meet again at the wine section which is just before the checkout. But in Lidl of course (apologies for mentioning the name) not Tesco. So you have taught me something - if only I had managed to do the same for you in Room 8. Excitement knows no bounds in my life you see. Let's increase the number of postings otherwise you may be subjected to some postings with 'sums' from me. Pamela I took your advice about BT and after some fiddling I managed to post. Many thanks now to try again.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

11 Jan 2018

Mr Hern

Happy New Year to you!! After a busy Christmas!!

Glad you got your shopping sorted out - may not be able to teach you maths but a bit of organisation?? Must be my military up bring!!

Christine Willmott (M77-80)

12 Jan 2018

A happy New Year to one and all with an update on the history. I am now writing up draft chapters thanks to many comments from pupils and staff. The national archives in Kew supplied HMI reports from the 1960s and late 1970s (fascinating as an outsiders view). There was an article about my research in the local Hamm paper which has resulted in some interesting stories from Germans in Hamm about the schools. I still have gaps so in the hope this triggers more comments on the site: I am still short of Ambassadors from early 60s and early 70s. The Headmistress reports are a wonderful source of information (far better than Headmasters). At WBS I'm short of early 70s: can anyone remember changes/impact of Headmaster Lester? At WGS the impact of Feerick and Brown at WGS? When did chapel become optional? More gaps to follow!

Steve Green (C68-69)( E68-69)

12 Jan 2018

Well, I have made the move - my first in thirty years, and far more complicated than all those postings when we moved with my father. But here I now am, in the north of Scotland, with the beach and harbour five minutes' walk away, which is why I moved. Not found any ex-Windsors yet, but the telephone engineer turned out to be a "brat" - father from Leeds but had been stationed with the RAF at Lossiemouth, so that made me feel at home. I have the Windsor Society sticker in my car window, in case.

I'm pleased I was able to help Mr Hern with his postings, so look forward to reading many more! Loved the Marlborough photo, although I was very shy and knew very few boys. School photos seemed to go in phases. During my five years we only had one taken of all the house, and at one time they took individual photos - my sister has the copy of the house photo, I have a copy of my "personal" photo, complete with big ginger fringe over my eyes, which was my preferred hairstyle at that time. I preferred to be behind the lens at that time rather than in front - as with so many teenagers, I was rather self-conscious and insecure. In some ways, having single-sex schools helped me, as I could develop my interests and my skills without worrying what boys might think. I don't know if others felt the same way? On the other hand, it probably stilted my relationships with the opposite sex, so that I left school not knowing how to interact with boys.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

12 Jan 2018

Hi, and a Happy New Year to all of you. In answer to the questions re my operation, I'm afraid that I caught a cold late November, which caused a viral chest infection. I was treated with antibiotics to clear the infection, which almost succeeded, however, I then developed thrush in my mouth and tongue, making the whole oral space red raw and feeling like a rasp file (you may recall those from woodwork and metalwork classes?). I am now being treated with different antibiotics and Nystan, to clear he remnants of my chest infection and the thrush. The latest info is that they hope to put me out on Feb 2nd, and start fixing my ticker.
Great to see that old photo, which I would definitely be on, but can't place myself in the lineup. If it was 1960, I would have been 1st year, and would assume that I was at ground level. If it was, as it's misspelled title would suggest (Malborough62) from 1962, then my brother Tom would also be in it. I cannot identify him either - must be an age thing!
I will update you on my surgical progress once it goes ahead, as, allegedly, I should be firing on all cylinders (or none) after the procedure.
And Bill, many thanks for your hard work in keeping this site going - if only I could say the same for the host server that keeps refusing to pass on my posts!!

Jim Rafferty (M60-63)

12 Jan 2018

Hello Geoff, sadly not in Sauerland as the accommodation we usually use is not available at present! Will head up to Scotland for stunning scenery there instead.
New Year greetings to anyone who remembers me.

Rae Mitchell( (nee Cleverly) (M77-81)

 

13 Jan 2018

Happy New Year to one and all.Special thanks to Bill for keeping this site going and allowing us all to share our thoughts and memories. Bill tells me I am now through the "BT Barrier" and so I hope to see this post in print.
A few weeks before Christmas Steve Green and I spent a Sunday afternoon on line researching the background of my old Headmaster W B P Aspinall OBE MA
This quest was initiated by Steve's interest in the old Headmasters for his history of the schools and my understanding from school that Aspinall had some role in Military Intelligence during the war
Without going in to all the detail two references may be of interest to others:

Forearmed: A history of the Intelligence Corps by Anthony Clayton 1993
"MI14 was the most interesting of the sections. In 1940 it was headed by Lt Col K Strong* later its deputy commander was Lt Col W B P Aspinall of the Corps"

Closely Guarded: A life in Canadian Security and Intelligence by John Starnes 1998
"The commandant was Lt Col W B P Aspinall. In his late 40s he had a background in MI14 (responsible for information about the German order of battle)

W B P Aspinall awarded OBE New Years Honours 1946

* Kenneth Strong( later Director General of Intelligence at the M O D)
was educated at the Montrose Academy in Angus. I was a pupil at Montrose Academy for seven years from 1946 t0 1953 before coming to Windsor School.

Geoffrey McPate (S53-57)

14 Jan 2018

Hey my prompting was partially successful and it shows that, although they don't post as regularly as they should, lots of folk read the page. Thanks Rae - to this oldie the mere mention of the Sauerland brings back many very happy memories. But still nothing from Linda (and she shares my birthday too), Ralph, Dave and Alan (still can't get over that hat). It would really make my day if Carole (also known as Elorac and the WGS Pioneer in the WBS Maths block) emerged as well as that other stalwart (of D of E too) Sally Pennington. There are others but that'll do for now. I can but hope that they read it. Apart from Bobby are any other 'Du Pont' students reading the page?
So BT is picking on others too!!

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

14 Jan 2018

Umm slightly vexing issue the date of the Marlborough House photo!
I'm inclined to school year 60/61. when I would have been in year 5. I think the blazer gives it away as well as Leggatt and Sheil were not in my last year that of 6i/62. The mystery must be solvable!

I also have a bound copy of Concordia the WBS School magazine of that era, which if Bill puts me in touch with the historian I'll happily forward, as it includes all manner of events including the floods. Strangely it failed to report the escape over the wall of Cooper and O'Neill! Nor mention of Schofield's blood lust! Or even the correct use of apostrophes!

John Eustace (M59-62)

15 Jan 2018

No mystery about the date of the photo John. I'm sure that it is May 1961 and that fits for many reasons. Mick Evans & Ted Govier are there, Kevin Goad isn't, leaves on the trees and I could go on. Which of course agrees with your 60-61 dates anyway. Certainly not later. So no vexation needed.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

16 Jan 2018

Hello Pamela Ross!!!

Hope your new home and surroundings are living up to your hopes and expectations?
How's the snaw up yonder? We've got a gid share of it.

You canny be a true brat if the flitting wasn't that easy. I used to flit every few years and loved it. My best flitting was when I got the keys on 17th December and had the place gutted with the tree up on Christmas eve.
I love a good flitting and tell everyone if they want it done with precision to give me a shout. Ye canny whack it.

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

16 Jan 2018

Hi Geoff, I am still around. A belated Happy Birthday to you (I was waiting for you!). The Alan Hughes you mention was he one of the geography teachers at the Boys School? I bumped into him in Cardiff a very long time ago. We didn't chat as I think it was so unexpected we didn't know what to say. Does anyone know the whereabouts of the girls PE staff are? One of my abiding memories was the weather the first time I arrived at the school. It was very foggy, still and quiet. Even now when the Welsh weather turns the same way it takes me back to that day. I hope you are keeping well and I will try to post on your birthday this year.

Linda Le-Cun (B76-79)

17 Jan 2018

Hey and now Linda has posted - goes some way to proving what I suspect. Lots of folk read the page even if they are loath - or too lazy? - to post. A barb aimed at Alan (yes Linda he is the Mr Hughes you remember), Ralph, Dave, Du Pont folk, Sally (although I've nearly given up on her) and all the others. So if you read the page then why not make a New Year's jobbie and post once a month? If only to show how much we appreciate Bill's effort. All things connected to the Society would have finished without his efforts. Thanks Pamela for your advice. I might be speaking too soon but, because of it, I think I can now avoid the BT blockage.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

17 Jan 2018

I'm pleased to say that the flitting went very well in the end, Izzzzi - probably it was made more difficult because my four children had left so much stuff behind when they had left home but weren't around to help me pack it. It took over a year to sort out what they had left in the attic (a huge space which my late husband wanted to convert into four bedrooms and a bathroom!) before I could even tackle the house. I suppose thirty years in one place, I had accumulated quite a lot of stuff which previously I would have regularly pruned out.

As to snow - my house is about 300 metres from the nearest bit of sea as the crow flies, so this area tends to miss out on the snow, although we had a touch of icing powder on the grass yesterday. A few miles inland, apparently there's plenty! I'm now enjoying the unpacking, and discovering stuff I had forgotten about hidden in boxes - still busy putting up curtain and picture rails, flat pack furniture, etc. It's good to have something to occupy yourself with to stop you going rusty! One of the best things about moving when we were brats, new places to explore, new people to meet, a new house to turn into a home. Don't have to settle into any new schools any more, though. I went to ten - Windsor was the last, and I was there for five years, the longest I had ever been anywhere in my life at that point. Anyway, any Windsorites who happen this way are welcome to come knock on my door, always supposing I am in and not on the beach with the little doggy!

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

17 Jan 2018

My reading the lesson in School Assembly and at Sunday morning service in the Chapel seemed to come round all too frequently. The actual event was usually preceded by a rehearsal with the Padre a day or two before. It always seemed a long walk from the Sandringham pews at the back left of the Chapel to the lectern beside the organ.
Was it my Scots accent or clear diction that got me this task or am I just flattering myself, perhaps others can relate their experience?

Geoffrey McPate (S53-57)

 

17 Jan 2018

Hi Geoffrey

As a fellow Scot I will say it was your accent that got you the job of doing the church reading. Which part of Scotland do you come from?

I have to say my time at Windsor clearly disillusioned me with religion. A wonderful teacher made me do the reading twice. Firstly as part of the service and at the end he called me back up to do it again and told everyone it was my punishment for what ever crime I had committed.
On another occasion some pupils had stolen jotters and other items from the cellar (I was not one of them). Their names were read out in church to shame them.
My RE teacher made me do my homework in duplicate every week as she deemed that I had the writing of a show off.

I eventually refused to kneel down in church as it was not something that happened in the church I was brought up with. They were outraged and spoke to my father who told them that I was right should not be asked to comply.

Prior to going to Windsor I lived in Dundee (magic accent) where I used to plug school and attend the Hari Krishna temple in Peddie Street. Contrary to some peoples view on them they were very respectful and caring to us and I have very good memories of the experience.

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

18 Jan 2018

Hi Mr. Hern: I still read the site postings; not sure what is going on with the other DuPonters. Some I haven't heard from for a while (eg McPartland, O'Barr, Nicholasen, Oxford). Some of the early DuPonters (Harrell, Burkhard, Holiday, Fleming, Amick, Shute, Christens, Kolesar) were on a facebook site, but not sure if that is still active (I'm not on fb). Maybe someone on fb could check. And I'm not sure what became of some (eg Ritter, Galloway, Marsden, St. Armand, McCurry, Alley). And then there are all the WGS Duponters out there somewhere (McCandlish, Heatherly, Barlow, Merriss, Zoulek, Pepper, Thompson, McTier, et al).


I also wonder what happened to Sally Pennington. I was in A level Pure Maths class with her (taught by Miss Gray at WGS)
I was passing through Hamm in December: the Dining Block is now gone (a pile of rubble was still there), so only the Chapel is left to orientate the other buildings. But the memories are still there.
Also had nice visit with Jackie Thompson in December she is doing well in Rinteln.


And finally, in D of E vein, went hiking for 5 days with Simon Brindley and his brother-in-law in the Swiss Alps last summer (M?rren-Sefinenfurgge-Griesalp-Gemmipass-Schwarenbach-Kandersteg- Adelboden) - all survived.

Bobby Hoffman (E69-75)

18 Jan 2018

Not kneeling in church iZZZie? - had a similar question for the same reasons when I was in the 2nd year from the Rev. JJF who, I guess, was/is an Irish protestant. When I told him I was brought up in a Scottish family he just smiled and that was the end of the matter.


My fellow students couldn't understand how I got away with that one :).

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

18 Jan 2018

Hi Pam, I have been living in Caerphilly for 28 years now as my wife told me she was fed up with moving every 2 to 3 years. We moved 5 times in ten years, I told her it was in my blood so she threatened me with a blood transfusion, so I put a stop to it!

We have good neighbours, 300 sheep and a herd of cattle on one side and a really good community spirit on the other. Sometimes when you are in the garden in the summer there is a row of bulls staring at you. Spooky!

Your new home sounds a nice location.

John Fisher (H65-68)

18 Jan 2018

Hi Malkie, It wasn't Padre Thackery that had a problem with refusing to kneel. It was the same teacher that made me do the reading twice. The exercise produced negative results in more ways than one.

The funny memory of that teacher was that he had a Saab car which us silly teenagers thought was hilarious as you were obliged to say sabs if you burped in your underwear!!!!!!!!!!!!

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

18 Jan 2018

That Marlborough photo really confused me. I recognised Haydn Jones and thought it should have been a Hillsborough photo! Thank you Mr Hern for clearing up my confusion. Hadyn Jones was my Housemaster in Hillsborough when I arrived in 1964, I didn't realise he was in Marlborough before that. RIP to the great man.

Dave Naylor (H64-67)

19 Jan 2018

Happy New year to all.Memories are fading. One funny one (I thought)was the ingenious ways we thought we could cover up the smell of cigarette smoking. here is one of dorm 105s from 1974. we were on the 1st floor, the dorm on the right as you came through the double door's (i think but some artistic license is permitted). Open windows very wide, tie standard issue orange bed cover to bunk beds moved strategically adjacent to said window. in fixing said bed cover ensure it is angled upwards to the window and forming a triangular like form but not venturing above the radiator. Then pour copious amounts of Brut or Hai Karate on the radiator, that had been turned to high wherever possible. Then light up and watch the smoke drift straight out of the window. As we were all budding geniuses, we hadn't considered any of the potential flaws to this plan, which worked for approximately 3 hours. Happy to hear of any of the many reasons you folk thought we might not have clearly and concisely thought the process through and off course the punishment(s) meeted out to the dorm?

Tony Reilly (M73-76)

19 Jan 2018

Well 30 posts in January, yes you know me I counted them!! Linda I look forward to your greetings on my birthday this year as I think that age dictates that you should be the first otherwise it looks as if I'm desperate for attention. Thanks Bobby. Enjoy the mountains while you can - 'Hell can he not stop being a teacher?'. Spent many a happy hour with Simon and Martin in my favourite walking area. Had a long email from Tom McPartland a few years ago, replied but as often is the case nothing since. Glenn Holliday too who'd found me on Nordic Network. What about Bill Galloway, John Scott, Dave McSpadden, the O'Barrs and many others. I wonder if any of them read this?


So this makes it 31 which makes it prime of course. Talking of numbers what's interesting about the triple 8,15,17? One for Christine perhaps???

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

19 Jan 2018

Hi Pamela. I hope you're enjoying Lossiemouth. We're about an hour down the road in Aviemore but regularly visit Lossiemouth, mostly to give my dog a run on the beach.....and to buy an ice cream

A great school photo and noticeable how smart everyones hair is when compared to the shaggy era that was the 70s, despite the regular hairchecks.

Michael Cutts (M77-79)

19 Jan 2018

66% Time gone in January and still the posts roll in! I wonder how many writers are filling in the time normally used to lifting a glass? As a result of THE photo which appears to have created interest I made contact with Kevin Goad enquiring of N.C.F. his brother, but no news as yet from Nick! I'm writing this from The Cavalry & Guards Club, in advance of a theatre date tonight, so there's no getting away from the military! I doubt name dropping Windsor Schools would attract much interest in this place. Even I felt intimidated enough to go get a haircut, less refused entry. No Mobiles, No Jeans, No Sneakers. I'm even wearing a tie. I tried a few names on Linked In by going along the front row of Marlborough House, but I guess all should be well retired by now. It's only my wanderlust that keeps the mileage up!
Good result from Chelsea after a heart in mouth on Wednesday, oh so typically Chelsea! Maybe Chelsea supporters deserve a long life for great expectations eh GH?

John Eustace (M59-62)

20 Jan 2018

Michael - I don't actually live in Lossiemouth, I live near Buckie, but still about the same distance from Aviemore. Haven't found an ice cream shop in this village yet (other than the general store), but apparently the ice cream parlour in Cullen does the best Cullen skink. Not tried that yet, too busy still sorting the house out after the move.

John - I remember several interesting chats together at Windsor Reunions in the past, if memory serves me, you printed the programme for "The Idea" which I had in my collection of momentos - mainly because I designed the set and costumes (I was doing theatrical design as my A level Art option).

Geoffrey - I used to do the reading quite often, in chapel and assembly - I assumed, because I read "well". I didn't (don't) have any kind of regional accent, so nothing to influence the choice in that regard (not to mention - RADA trained us in Received Pronunciation!)

I think there may have been different teachers at the school from my time to yours, Izzzzi - I can't think of anyone during my time who was so nasty, other than Miss Feerick, who I think was no longer there when you attended?

Tony - in my day, the smokers used to hang out of the window in the end loo, so I suppose it might have been more difficult to identify any offending dorm. I didn't smoke at school, but I used to skive off during prep, then go to the end loo after lights out to do my prep (it had a nice window sill and a radiator) - much to the annoyance of the seniors, who wanted to access that particular loo for other purposes.

Can't think of a link to Mr Hern's post - other than I remember him leading us astray on Windsor Society rambles through the Sauerland. (Windsor Society as in sixth formers from both schools). Leading us astray off the beaten track, up the hillside in the woods, two foot of snow on top of a couple of feet of gloopy mud, which sucked the shoe off my foot. Scarred for life! Okay, not really.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

20 Jan 2018

Much prefer the Hard Rock Cafe a little further up the road, John.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

25 Jan 2018

As I feared. Just set a simple sums problem and the January posts dry up. Even Christine has not responded with her usual 'positive' comments about Maths in general. Still nothing from lots of those that I have 'mentioned'. Sorry about scarring you for life Pamela but now that you've moved to Sebrofland you'll have lots of opportunities to plough through snow up slopes and think of those Windsor Society walks and your Warstein connections as you do so. So 'trained you for life' would be more appropriate.
Anybody remember 1,1,2,3,5,8, ...? That should stop the postings - until April perhaps?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

25 Jan 2018

Hello there Ffoeg, Would that be FIBONACCI per chance?????????????????????

Don't remember learning that at school????????????????
What say you Mr Sarney??????????????

Thank you Dan Brown!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL Sebrof

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

26 Jan 2018

Yes it would Sebrof. Well Googled. But that's just a start. Who was he? What has the sequence has got to do with Art, Design, Nature, Rabbits, Beauty and so on? That's where it starts to get really interesting. In these days of Google asking the question 'Where do we go from here?' which is as important in the learning process as making mistakes is much easier to answer than before. However my question about 8,15,17 which sadly appears to be of no interest to anybody still remains and that opens up another wide area of investigation. Perhaps Google can help here too.
Oh dear sums again. Sorry everybody especially Christine - forgive me please but it's been a few years since I stood in front of a class and, believe it or not, I still miss the banter.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

26 Jan 23018

Ffoeg, After attempting to understand 8,15,17 my tiny wee brain turned to mush and required surgery to recover!!!!!!

The breeding habits of rabbits, cows and bumble bees was marginally easier to grasp and more entertaining............. Perhaps because I love nature and interested in wildlife.

Are you willing to explain these SUMS or do I need to contact Rachel Riley????? (If an explanation is not given I might think you don't get it either) Is that my terrible humour on show again???????????

LOL Puggled Heid

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

26 Jan 2018

https://www.triangle-calculator.com/?a=8&b=15&c=17

Pretty easy answer on Google but then and here's a revelation. I taught Engineering Drawing (as it was then) for a year before deciding the old women of both sexes in the Staff Room were driving me nuts, so quit and joined P&G, which was just as much a life changing experience as WBS.
Still happy to float the idea of a Marlborough reunion if there are any takers out there

John Eustace (M59-62)

27 Jan 2018

All well and good John getting the triangle from Google but that's not the end. How is 8,15,17 special? What is such a triple called? Are there any others? Can it be generalised? Is the first number always even and has it always have 4 as a factor, do the other two always differ by two, is there always the same connection between the last two and the first? Just a few of the list of possible answers to the question 'Where can we go from here?' Promise everybody - no more posts about sums unless of course there's an overwhelming demand but remember it was one of the pleasurable experiences that I had daily in Hamm so probably is acceptable as a post from time to time. Old age nostalgia again - sorry.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

27 Jan 2018

Hi Ffoeg THANK YOU for your enlightenment!!!!

Please don't stop the sums - it lets us know your grey matter remains healthy. You should never give up on what is important to you and entertained your students enhancing their day.

Apart from that it keeps the likes of me learning and exploring new data that I would be ignorant of otherwise.
I am sure others out there are still looking to gain knowledge from an old Guru (although they might not wish to acknowledge it publicly)

Bring it on mate LOL Sebrof

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

27 Jan 2018

Mr Hern - well, I suppose I must thank you for making me use my mental faculties, makes a change from spending all day putting up shelving, notice boards, pictures, etc! I had a quick look and the answer appears to be "Pythagorean Triples" generated by Euclid's formula. I have to be honest, when I did O level Maths (which I passed, and quite well), I don't remember learning such stuff. Presumably we were only taught what we needed to know in order to pass the exam. Sad, really, when for you it was such an exciting and alive topic! Not all our teachers were as lacking in enthusiasm for their subjects, however. I remember Miss Phillips who taught us Latin, listening to hear speak Latin with all the fervour and arm gestures of a modern Italian was a joy to hear and to behold. By the way - living so near the sea, we didn't get much in the way of snow, I will have to venture further inland in order to recreate the shoe-losing episode of my youth. But in between al
l the d-i-y in the new house, I have managed to walk on a few local beaches with the little doggy.

Another maths-type subject, applied maths, I suppose: just watching TV and a boat in a canal "lift" in France - counterweights moving the lift up and down. We went on a trip from WGS to the "Schiffshebewerk" at Henrichenburg - that was a canal lift. Of course, in Scotland there is the Falkirk wheel rotating boatlift, which does a similar thing.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

29 Jan 2018

Mr Hern - you have no chance of me EVER being interested in Maths - loss cause despite concerted efforts by the 3 lads in my life

The Binary still haunts me - will never never get to the bottom of that

Burgundy this year

Christine Willmott (M77-80)

29 Jan 2018

Hi,Geoff.Long time no post.No excuse other than the birth of my 5th grandson in September.Linda,I remember bumping into you in Cardiff but I thought we chatted for a while.I bow to your better (younger!) memory.I've also bumped into Wayne Anderson (C.70's-80's).He's living and working in Cardiff.Must try to post more regularly in 2018.

Alan Hughes (B72-82)

31 Jan 2018

Now Grandad Alan has surfaced and note everybody that he will post more regularly in 2018. And Christine objective achieved - mention maths and we get a post from you. Hope Burgundy is as successful as the Black Forest. Don't know about the walking there though or have you already researched it. The wine and cheese should be pretty good though. Apologies (as it's maths) but I must compliment Pamela. Yes indeed Pythagorean triples but that's not the end of it. For example what triple comes after 8, 15, 17? So pleased that the page has woken up in January. Thanks everybody but especially Bill of course.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

 
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