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1 May 2018

 Hi Virginia:  In 1971, while my parents were travelling out of town, I was staying at the O'Barr's for a few days.  It coincided with an out-of-town netball game and I was invited to go with the O'Barrs. I can't remember exactly where the game was, but for some reason I think it was on a weekend?  I had never even heard of netball, much less been to a game, so it was kind of interesting to a WBS basketball player.  I was surprised you could ever get the ball in the net without a backboard.  I remember Anne being very good.
Anyway, I just wanted to share that in memory of Anne and your netball team.

Bobby Hoffman (E69-75)
1 May 2018

It was delightful to read Virginia Street's mail, because it came in very stark contrast to my own recent experience when attempting to re-connect with a former pupil of W.B.S and got what might best be described as a very crusty response viz; (just a short paragraph from what really could be described as a Dear John)

"....You also mention many names, and it's clear that I'm expected to know immediately who you refer to. In fact, only a few names ring a distant bell, but without invoking any context.  I have no memory of attending reunions in London and Oxford. I don't have a single photo to forward. I must have had some, but have no memory of discarding them. So, having little or no recollection of my contemporaries or the events from that period, I have no curiosity about them, and consequently nothing to contribute...."

So Virginia and friends 'well done you', nostalgia is alive and well and living in Derbyshire

I rather suspect, as we all may have thought from time to time, not everyone loved Stalag 62...

John Eustace (M59-62)

2 May 2018

With regard to John's post - it is true that not everyone remembers their school days with a fondness or maybe thaey don't have the selective memory that most of us seem to have also there are some people that we don't really want to hear from again.

This is the reason why we never give out emails from this site - when someone requests a contact then I will send their email to the person they wish to contact which leaves it up to them to decide if they want to go ahead.

Hopefully this method avoids awkward hook-ups as the person receiving the contact can just ignore it.

Bill Craswell (C62-65)
2 May 2018

Wow. What a story Virginia and as you say a fine reflection upon those days in Hamm. For a lot of us they were special. It's a great shame that Zuckerberg seems to monopolise so much of the Windsor nostalgia on his somewhat questionable enterprise. I hear that now he's going in for dating on the site too. Glad that I resisted the pleas of others to join even though I have probably missed out on a wealth of nostalgia.
Sebrof - don't pick on me. As you know I have been busy replying to copious emails and anyway what about all the others? Even Pamela and Malcolm have gone quiet and Mike Capey - we still await the promised Fielding post.
Ronnie - you are probably right but it was a bit of a shock to an oldie like me that some cars no longer have a spare wheel. Still think it's weird.
So there you go Sebrof the first May post is mine!!

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

Sorry Geoff your mail went via Timbukto........

3 May 2018

Dear Bobby Hoffman 
I was so happy to read your post, I have such fond memories of Ann obarr, a lovely
Kind girl, I recall she was an American Day student, often brought me sweets into school
When I found the wiindsor site I was saddened to read of her passing , her name plus a few others have always stayed with me all these years and I have been fortunate to see some of those on this site, I'm so sorry that Ann is no longer with us , she was truly a very lovely kind girl (I say girl as I remember her as she was those many years ago, would you happen to have a photograph of her, it would be lovely to see, thankyou, and thankyou for your post 

 Carol Whitehorn (nee Harrison) (E72-75)

3 May 2018

Yup, I'm still alive Geoff and survived the so called "Beast from The East". Kept telling my family that was peanuts compared to the freeze in NRWF in 1962/63(?) when it was cold enough for the earth to freeze and push up all the cobbles and tram tracks down the Brackeler Hellweg in April of that year. Riding across and evil Knieveling the Napier Barracks pond which was super thick ice on back pedal braking bikes. Spent a week up in Bonnie Scotland mid April in the rain whilst my mates basked in sunshine at home. Visited the barras in Glasgow which brought back great memories of seeing The Sensational Alex Harvey Soul Band in Germany in 1964.
Now taken up playing slide guitar and country blues - maybe I'll have to write a song called Windsor Blues. ;)

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

3 May 2018

Having read the contributions so far for this month, I decided to add something of my own!

On Tuesday I drove to Invergordon to meet an ex-Windsor Girl - someone I didn't know at WGS (she was there before me and left before I came) - but who had also attended the same school in Gibraltar as me - again, not at the same time, but before I went there.

We had made contact through the other "enterprise" (as described by Mr Hern!) - or we might never have "met" each other - especially as she lives in the south of France and I live in the north of Scotland.  We spent several enjoyable hours together, including visiting a local heritage centre where we found a section devoted to the local military and posed for a photo next to a "dummy" of a soldier.

When not driving to Invergordon and meeting cruise ships, I am kept busy walking round the harbour to the beach, and have been kidnapped by a local group who want me to help them in a campaign to keep the local town hall open - all of which, along with having been away in Gibraltar, hopefully explains my "absence" from this site.

Barbara and I "connected" immediately and chatted happily about shared experience.  I suppose not everyone either has happy memories of their schooldays, or perhaps wants to be reminded of their childhood or background.  I would suggest, that is their loss - I feel my life has been amazingly enriched by the life I had, how lucky were we!  I'm not sure I remembered to thank my father enough at the time - probably moaned about things, as teenagers do.  I think it was only when I left WGS and went to London to university, meeting people who had lived "ordinary" lives, that really put it into context.

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

3 May 2018

Hi Carol Whitehorn:  I liked Anne.  I knew her for practically all her life: our families lived in the same town in Virginia before we moved to Hamm and I remember Anne when she was 6 or 7 years old.  Then after we both left Hamm we stayed friends and spent time together; playing piano and Anne also singing  she was a good musician.  It was a terrible loss for her family when she died  for many years I would go to the cemetery with her Mother and we would place flowers on her grave I still think about her and miss her.
I do have several pictures of her (from primary school days through post-Windsor).  If you ask Bill to send me your email I will get the pictures to you (or maybe Bill can simply pass on my email to you?).   And thanks for your posting on the Windsor site. 

Bobby Hoffman (E69-75)

3 May 2018

Dear Bobby
Thankyou for responding , I hope bill can pass on my email address to you, it would be wonderful to see the pictures, isn't it great this site, it evokes so many cherished memories, Anne was one of a kind she truly was, and she obviously had a great impact on my days at wgs, whilst I have some great memories I cannot remember teachers names yet I never forgot Anne and never will forget her, and once again thankyou very much for replying xx

Carol Whitehorn (nee Harrison) (E72-75)

 4 May 2018

Mrs Howarth??? your post about Albert, Albert was in Marlborough house during my time there. i think he possibly had a elder brother a year or so above me aswell,  Carole Harrison?? Kim Teagle lived in our block in Belm Osnabruck, i have a great photo of me and her at my 14th birthday party, and laura zammit is possibly in colchester, her parents left the army here and i bump into her brother mario a few times a year,

Gez (Gillers) Gilmer (M73-77)

4 May 2018

May The Fourth Be With You - Live Long and Prosper !

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

4 May 2018

Hi Gez, Thankyou for update on Kim and Laura
All these years gone by and a few names are beginning to jog memories

Carol Whitehorn (nee Harrison) (E72-75)

4 May 2018

What a great site this is constantly opening up memories about Hamm. Virginia's Netball mini-reunion has started another thread. I didn't know Ann O'Barr but I do have great memories of the very supportive O'Barr family and of course Tom and Beau (some people spell that Bo but I was never sure). I taught Tom sums at A Level, a really sharp mind, full of friendly banter and a joy to teach. Beau even came on the D of E camp with Tommo and me and was astounded that I not only knew about Elton John but knew his songs too. Hope that doesn't upset Malcolm as it's probably not his sort of music. I've written on here before about the contribution - and not just to the basketball - made to the schools by the Du Pont students and parents. Adapting rapidly to what was for tahem a very strange British and boarding environment. From the early Dave McSpadden and John Scott days they quickly integrated. Many names and faces spring to mind Lee & John Christens, Bill Galloway, Tom MacPartland, Glenn & Carl Holliday, Bruce Kolesar, to mention a few. Not forgetting of course Bailey Munday who also died far too young. Finally the visitor page stalwart Bobby. It's always great to read his posts which demonstrate how 'Windsor' most of them became. Sorry for the WBS bias ladies but of course it was the lads that I knew as I seldom met the Du Pont girls.
Of course not all ex-Hamm students have positive memories, as John's post shows, but it's disappointing and sad that someone can be quite so negative. I always convinced myself that there was enough on offer to satisfy most students.
Apologies for the length of this post.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

4 May 2018

John Eustace's comment is not surprising.  Most of the people I've contacted, via these pages or (whisper it Facebook) or several other sites (for example the similar site for King Alfred School, Plon) have been very generous with their memories and records (Bobby has been extremely helpful this week with Concordias from the early 70s).  But some have not responded or withdrawn after an initial contact and offer.  A subject I did not know existed is "Boarding School Syndrome" which has emerged from psychotherapy in the last 20 years and now has an extensive literature.  Although many of us have fond memories of our time at Hamm there will be those (pupils and staff) who did not (as we have seen on these pages).  Writing up furiously now but still a big gap of WGS in early 70s, need Ambassadors of that period not least for the very helpful comments by the headmistresses. 

Steve Green (C66-69)

4 May 2018

Regarding the 'Beast from the East' Malcolm. I hope that you gave it the full Python treatment. 'Call this cold you don't know what cold is. You should have been with us in Hamm in 1964 when I was a lad. We had it rough struggling, head down, against the blizzard and that was just to get to the Maths Block. Only to receive a tongue-lashing if we were a minute late and woe betide us if we dared take a short cut through the snow drifts on the soccer pitch. Tell that to the young people of today and they'd never believe you'.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

5 May 2018

Geoff re: your 'Beast From The East' comment. You missed my additional comment "It was so cold that the melted snow on our hair refroze to ice and Pud Watson made us stand outside until we had brushed all of the snow and ice off before enterning his classroom."
Bah lad, it made men of us.....
1964 it was then.
Elton John? I thought you had much more taste than that, Geoff. :D

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

5 May 2018

Malcolm sorry about the Elton John bit? In my defence it was in the days of my relative youth and that phase like many other things has long passed. Still love Mitsuko Uchida playing Mozart though - hope that doesn't sound too much like a pseud. Incidentally have you noticed that since having a go at me Sebrof (Izzzi) hasn't posted? Just thought I'd mention that in passing.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

5 May 2018

Hey Ffoeg
Wasn't having a go at you - sincere apologies as you thought I was.
It was a tactical manoeuvre (that failed miserably) to get you typing away.
The thing is Ffoeg when you blog - great people like Pamela and Malcolm chip in and it adds to the magic of this forum - LOVE IT.
So although my tactic was a complete failure my aim has inadvertently been achieved.......

Come to mention it - how's David Grey, et al?????

 IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

6 May 2018

Reading Geoff's comments about memories of our days in Hamm, I am sometimes reminded of an episode which does me no credit, but nonetheless has always puzzled me. WBS alumni will recall that just outside the school there was an unmanned railway crossing. I was a newcomer to Germany and to the school, but I had learned a few words. one of which was 'schlecte' -I think I've got that right - meaning 'BAD' in English. Anyway, one day on leaving the school, I was approaching the level crossing when I noticed the red flashing lights, indicating a train approaching. I looked to the left and saw, about half a mile away, a goods train coming towards me at about 4 m.p.h. It would take me at least five minutes to reach the crossing, I thought, so drove on.
Unfortunately, I had not looked in my rear mirror and had not seen the police car  which sounded the usual siren to make me pull over.
I got out of the car, and said as ruefully as I could:

        "Ich bin ein shlecte Man!!"

The two polizei gazed at me for a moment, then collapsed in almost uncontrollable mirth.

 Mike Capey (C63-70)

7 May 2018

It works every time. Well most times. I know that you weren't having a go at me Sebrof but my post prompted you into immediate action. A cunning Baldrich plan no less. Now I wonder what has happened to young Christine - as a previous holder of the Bicycle Saddle Trophy she should be posting more regularly than she is - another subtle hint!!! She must be off on her usual exciting yearly holiday soon. And Mike get on at Rev John. He at least should keep a promise. Pamela I can just imagine you - from what you have written before - getting involved in keeping the town hall open. Hope you are successful. We need similar sorts of action to keep bank branches open - but I fear that is a lost cause. Probably a grumpy old man's opinion though.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

8 May 2018

Hey Ffoeg
Is there an award for being the most mischievous dude on this forum?
If not there should be and I'm giving it to you

LOL Sebrof

 IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

10 May 2018

Must be losing my touch. Nothing yet from John Fielding - why not John? Nothing from Christine either. Maybe I should add some maths which usually gets some sort of response from her. Could be that she's living-it-up on the continent somewhere. Thanks mainly to Virginia we've made a good start to May now let's keep it going. Apologies but as my wife says 'Once a schoolteacher then always a .............'
Geoff Hern (M60-80)

11 May 2018

Hi Pamela
Just wondered if you were evacuated during the fires?
Hope not.
Are you enjoying your new home and location? Sue hope so.

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

12 May 2018

Hi all,
I remember Anne O'Barr quite well.
I'm also remember her having a friend called Diane.  Does anyone hear from her perchance? 
There was also an American called Quanita Berry (sorry if spelling is incorrect - wonder where she is now?

The thing I remember most about the Americans was their black and white shoes and Christmas presents which were wow

LOL

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

12 May 2918

Well, that had me scurrying to try and google any local fires in Scotland!  Not here, IzzzzI.  The worst thing we have had to endure has been my little dog getting scared by the wind in the chimney and hiding under the table trying to scrabble up my carpet.  I live in a fishing village on the Moray coast, so I can walk down to the harbour and along the beach whenever I want to, which is great!  Only seen the dolphins twice, but we keep looking, gives us oldies something to do.  Still exploring the local area - Mr Hern would probably be interested to know that we have the Moray Coastal Trail at the end of the road, also a little further is the Speyside Way - all still to explore in more detail in times to come.  Meeting up with my WGS pal meant a drive up through Inverness to Invergordon, passing road signs giving the distance to John O Groats, which really brought home to me how far north we are!  If you are ever in the area, please call in, IzzzI, I would love to show you round :-)

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

12 May 2018

Hi Pamela, The fires were on the east Beach at Hopeman - a village I am not familiar with.  Glad to heart it did not come near you.

You're right Mr Hern (AKA Ffoeg - an affectionate term) would love it where you are.  
I have travelled around the north a wee bit visiting the Brocht, Dornoch, Wick, John O'Groats and many other places.
The 2 places I still need to hit are Fochabers and Glen Affric.

When I was 'a single fish' I used to stay in a guest house just outside Inverness just about every weekend with a lovely landlady called Marjorie. We were so friendly I took her for shopping, I picked my own tea and she let me stay out when she was closed out of season.  Wonderful memories..................

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

12 May 2018

Izzzzi - Hopeman is to the west of Lossiemouth, I haven't been yet but intend to, as I believe it's Triassic and has fossils - something I miss here, after living so long near the Yorkshire Jurassic coast, which was full of fossils and semi-precious stones.  Also on my to-do list is Burghead, just past Hopeman - they celebrate the "old" New Year on 11 January with the Burning of the Clavie.  Fochabers is about 10 miles from us, home of Christie's garden centre - oh, and the Duke of Gordon's little place.  Lossiemouth and Kinloss are RAF bases - I've met some "brats" locally whose fathers were stationed there and stayed in the area.  Not met any ex-Windsors yet, but I have my sticker in the car window, in case!

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

12 May 2018

Hi Pamela, Ffoeg, et al

Just thought about a strange holiday you might like (or not)
Travelled to Oban, down to the Isle of Seil (crossing the only bridbge over the Atlantic at the time).  Then a rickety CalMac ferry (with space for a couple of cars and standing room only) to Luing Island.  The Ferry sailed half hourly from 10 AM to 4 PM - but only if weather permitted and we were advised not to rely on the 4PM sailing.
Stayed in a caravan that was bolted to the coastal rocks - we were the only folk there along withn our lurcher dog (first cross deerhound / greyhound).

The only other facility(???) was a shop / post office / resaurant that never opened the whole time we were there.
The island housed hundreds of sheep that roamed and the dog had to be kept on the lead at all times - the poor animal was miserable to the core.

No wonder I got rid of the then fella who got more than an earfull for booking it as a nice surprise.

The moral of this story is do n0t go to Luinmg on holiday - and especially not with a dog unless you hate it and want to torture it.

IzzzzI Forbes (E72-75)

16 May 2018

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I have used a standard statement which is quite long but basically this site only collects email addresses to use for contact requests.

The email addresses are stored by saving the post as received by me and are not used for any other purpose.

The site does not use it's own cookies to collect data or carry advertising.

Bill Craswell (C62-65)

16 May 2018

Loved reading all the messages this month! Still can't quite believe we managed to pull our little reunion off!Lovely to read all about Ann too- she was a lovely girl and I remember coming second to her in every single flat race we ever did at school! Not only an accomplished musician, but also a great sportswoman.I feel sorry for those who didn't enjoy their time in Hamm, but can understand why. I felt, and still do,so lucky to have the opportunity to grow up in such a unique place. It wasn't always a bed of roses , but I think the good outweighed the bad.
Mike Capey's story made me laugh and I remember a time when we went to Soest fair- an annual pilgrimage for many. Parking was difficult so PMK found a spot where he shouldn't really have parked, but we were so keen to get on the rides, he risked it. As you may or may not recall, he wasn't really a rule breaker of any sort, so this surprised even us kids! On our return, the local Polizei were waiting for us- his response to their questioning still makes me laugh. Remembering he taught German and  we thought he spoke it as well as English,"Ich spreche no Deutsch" seemed as far removed as possible ! Not only had he parked where he shouldn't have, he blatantly lied about his linguistic ability! Happy days! Long may the reminiscing continue!!

Virginia Street(Kitchen) (M71-79)

16 May 2018

Now Mr Hern

I am still alive!!! Holiday booked in June to Burgundy then my husband due to go to Turin for 6 months with work - but what about my job, the house, the garden & what will I do all day whilst he is working?? I think that the compromise is that I go for the weekends??

Going to the south coast this weekend as it is my father in laws 84th birthday. They live right on the beach in Selsey so it is great to meet those lovely fishermen in the morning with their boats and fresh fish!!

Keep in touch - off to do my 30 sticks of rhubarb!!

Christine Willmott(Law) (B77-80)

16 May 2018

Ah Virginia, the Mr.Capey Polizei story may be trumped......A family trip into Dortmund Zentrum, parked Dads supa dupa new British car at the side of the road in a long line of similarly parked cars. Return an hour or so later to find our car sitting there all on its own with a parking ticket attached to the windscreen wipers. Said ticket told us to go to the nearest Polizei station to pay the fine. So off we go, into the Polizei station (just me and my Dad}. Having been greeted by a humungeous policeman my father asks "Was is dass for?" waving the ticket in the air. Polizei asks "English?". Dads reply "No, I'm bl88dy Scottish!!". Policeman takes the ticket from Dads hands, rips it up, throws it in the bin and ushers us out of the door whilst laughing and shaking our hands wishing us "Auf wiedersehen."

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

17 May 2018

Related to the motoring / polizei stories, it reminded me of an encounter I had in Hamm:
Going home late one evening on my moped (a Honda PC50 - great little bike) from some extracurricular activity (surely at the school and not at the Fox or Magic Bus) my light burnt out.  I figured I would just continue home staying on the bike path - it seemed safe.  I did not get 500 meters before the Polizei pulled me over.  I tried the PMK strategy: Ich bin Amerikaner, ich spreche nur ein bisschen Deutsch.  I barely got that out when he very authoritatively told me he did not care what country I was from, everyone in Germany obeys the laws - funf mark jetzt und zum fuss gehen!  

 Bobby Hoffman (E69-75)

22 May 2018

I seem to remember the local verkherspolizei (traffic police) being most enthusiastic when it came to on the spot fines-DM10 for doing  52 kph in a 50 kph zone!Rumour was that they received a percentage of all the fines they imposed.Can anyone shed any light on this?

Alan Hughes (E72-82)

23 May 2018

So even PMK played the 'I only speak English' card. As Virginia writes most unexpected from him. As far as the the traffic police cashing in on the fines they levied I remember in the old days that the British Customs had the same reputation as well and that it was rumoured that they also had a monthly quota to meet which made going through the customs at the end of a month more hazardous. However being of a similar ilk to PMK and a law-abiding citizen I was was never asked to contribute to the Polizei funds not even when cycling home after house duty. Can't believe that they got a percentage. Probably a rumour started by those who were caught. Notice they always seem to be driving at only 2 kph above the limit!

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

23 May 2018

Point taken Geoff.I was also "done"for not fully stopping at a halt sign.The wheels must have been moving at an inch per second.I set off and was duly pulled over by two polizei in a green and white Passat estate.A fair cop as they say!
 

Alan Hughes (E72-82)

24 May 2018

Speed limits also applied within the WBS grounds.  5mph or 10mph?  History teacher Mr Farrell earned the nickname "Fangio" as the only teacher who obeyed them.

Steve Green (B66-69)

24 May 2018

Green Passat eh? Nostalgia strikes again. Just like the one that I brought back to GB in 1980 and had for 15 years. Best car I ever had. Malcolm maybe pleased to know that in my dotage I have finally returned to Volkswagen. An VW Up which he won't be so impressed by but is just the job for us and is a vast improvement upon the Midget he remembers even if that had the advantage that it could be driven under the WBS barrier. Talking of transport I still miss the Disposals WD bike. More nostalgia sorry.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

25 May 2018

Geoff, I am impressed that you have a VW Up! Great little car. I now have ein VW Polo which will last until I finally fall over. However, my son has a 1967 MG Midget in Tartan Red. A lot of fun to drive but I admit to severe difficulty and pain when I have to crawl out of it. Next weeks project? I'm to polish up the chromed luggage rack for him.

Malcolm Graham (E60-65)

25 May 2018

At last, the light is dawning! This site is a suitable test for signs of dementia. My short term memory is shot to hell. I know today finds me in Lisbon, homeward bound but I completely forgot, I'm flying into Manchester not London, such to collect my dachshund! Now given this appears to be nostalgia month, I thought to roll off a few names and see what memories these might conjure up among us; then sit back and read of days gone by...
Tom Riley. Woodwork teacher with a much lusted after daughter; also great cricket coach.
Henry Robertson. His fault I don't know where an apostrophe should or shouldn't go
Roger Worthy. Sorry GH, but he was the outstanding teacher of my era (OK. I never had a lesson from you)
Benyon. Wouldn't allow me to take additional two 'O' levels, in case it messed the figures up. 
Cutler. Nice man with the difficult task of Edinburgh House!
Liz Anderson. Never sure of her role in all of this!
Bof Barnes the elder, good guy, amusing teacher
JJ Fielding. I was initially never quite sure if he really was John James or Shaun Shamus. There was a need to be flexible in your real name, in the troubles, in the six counties in the days starting in later years around '68, but I'm totally convinced he was JJ
Students/Pupils/Inmates, whatever...
Rod Cooper with his strong moral code. He'd never steal from his fellow inmates, but the stationery cupboard in main block was a different matter.
O'Neill who claimed his father was running BAOR!
Leggatt (sp?) never without a comb
Grimes an early day Paul Scholes...

Now where the hell am I? 

John Eustace (M59-62)

27 May 2018

On the subject of cars.I remember arriving at WBS in 1972 determined to get something sporty - a BMW 2002 was top of the list.In the event,3 sons in fairly quick succession led to some far more practical estate cars including a VW 412 Variant which my son Gareth (a VW camper nerd) reliably informs me would now be worth far more than I paid for it as it is quite a rare beast.

Alan Hughes (E72-82)

29 May 2018

I can still remember three of the teachers mentioned by John Eustace.
Tom Riley was the woodwork master and Harry Cutler taught metalwork and technical drawing.I think Mr Barnes was a science teacher.
I also remember Mr Riley as a great cricket coach. Mr Riley and Herr Franz made a lot of the church furniture for the school chapel.
Harry Cutler I remember best of all as he was one of the Sandringham house staff. I remember when he got his new car -a Ford Prefect or Anglia and we all took turns to sit in it!

Geoffrey McPate (S53-57)

29 May 2018

Just a couple of observations following John's post. Yes Betty Alderson (not Anderson John) was, apart from the Headmaster's PA Betty Brewer, the only lady staff member at the time. Must have been very difficult for her at times. Boff senior - of basketball and Rambler car fame - was an amusing fellow to have around in those early days. Story goes that he fixed a kipper under the bench in one of labs. Result havoc before the plumbers found out the cause of the smell. Harmless prank in what was then a rather too formal school environment.
Christine never mind the house and garden think of all the presents that he'll bring back from Italy. I'll make you realise how much he does for you. You'll even have to do his part of the Tesco shopping. Careful with the rhubarb as the Goons used to say 'It'll give you a good run for your money'.
Mike - still no promised posting from John Fielding. Alan - looking on the bright side think of all the contributions you would have made to the polizei funds if you had bought the sporty BMW.

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

29 May 2018

Perhaps you're right Geoff.The two misdemeanours mentioned were the sum total of my dealings with the boys in green during 10 years at WBS but who knows what might have happened in something sportier.I like to think things would have been the same.I remember a member of staff who was not known for restrained driving having a horrendous accident on the A-bahn and walking away without a scratch-made no differenc to his driving style though!

Alan Hughes (E72-82)

30 May 2018

Mr Hern, I would like to point out that no doubt he constantly buys me clothes, shoes, presents but I do all his washing, ironing and clearing up!!

As for the rhubarb - another delivery - that will be 30 sticks plus 24 eggs.............. Still James home this weekend and Thomas the following weekend so it will get eaten.

Dave Edmondson came for lunch last week - asked after you!!  

Off to do some work and gardening despite the thunderstorms and put the bins out.  Christine

Christine Willmott(Law) (B77-80)

31 May 2018

A quick add up and comparison as the month ends. I got to 18 contributors this month with 43 posts which compares to 2008 when the total posting was 34. There is no prize for guessing who was the only consistent poster some ten years apart, eh GH!

John Eustace (M59-62)

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