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5th May 2019

Sadly my brother Ian passed away on 1/5/19 at the age of 56. Ian was 2 yrs older than me and in the 4th & 5th year.  Most of our conversations in recent years would always end in reminiscing about our childhood in Germany, including our time at WBS. 

Michael Cutts (M77-79)

    

         

6th May 2019

Just seen the post from Mick Powditch on 13 March. Sorry to say that I don't remember you personally but on one occasion that I went from WBS  to the dentist in the medical block at WGS I was persuaded by one of the girls there to take a letter back with me to WBS and make sure it was delivered to...Mick Powditch! ..which I did! Does that ring any bells?

Steve Lacey (M 69-70)

         

      

17th May 2019

So sad to see the lack of postings this month. I'm as much to blame as others of course. Personally I still feel the need to keep this forum open but surely we need to give more support to Bill than this for all his efforts to keep things going in spite of funding problems. Others would have given up long ago. Perhaps we have run out of things to say. I've bored you to tears probably with all my nostalgia about my 20 years at Windsor but memories of rambles, D. of E., sport, inter-school activities, house duties and even maths (had to mention that of course) are still very fresh and don't lessen at my advanced age. Eg the mixed hockey six-a-sides which the staff always won!!

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

         

     

17th May 2019

Hi Izzi Forbes, and everyone else who logs into the Windsor Society,  Apologies Izzi, it's been a rather busy couple of months for me, so have not had the time to login and answer your question concerning bad behaviour.  However, I am leaving you a clue as to the seriousness of my occasional misdemeanour:                                                      http://www.baor-locations.org/cromwellbarracks.aspx.html . I need you to look at (1) & (2), from the text!  The first was likely the cause of boredom, the second was the most likely adventure planned to relieve the first.  I make no excuses, as the Masters gave good service to us boys, and I received as much system as I put in:  Zero, alas!

Geoffrey Pickles (E72-76) 

      

          

17th May 2019

3.00 pm on Friday afternoon which is really two hours away from gin, which coupled with Mr. Hurn asking where we are, prompts me to head to philosophic debate (most likely with myself!) It all served to remind me of a book review in (dare I say) The Guardian! In 1765 Jean-Jacques Rousseau spent two months on a Swiss island dedicating himself to "my precious 'far niente' (doing nothing). He loafed about, gathering plants, drifting in a boat, sitting for hours in a "delicious reverie... pleasurably aware of my existence without troubling myself with thought" An idleness that he later described as the most 'complete and perfect happiness' of his life.

A year ago I inadvertently did the same thing by setting up a camp tent (NO, not Glamping, thank you) for a month. Intended for bonding with a grandchild, who sadly fell ill; I carried on such dog and I enjoyed doing a 'Rousseau' Did I really enjoy this state? You betcha, so much so dog and I can be found at a site in Stiffkey North Norfolk for the entire month of June with the resolve to walk, detox, and 'far niente'
Visitors are welcome, visitors with gin really welcome, The big surprise is on return home to recognize how much 'stuff' you can do without! So dear reader if you are still here, time to take it easy just being, rather than frantically doing.
So here is 30 minutes of doing, encouraging not doing! Enjoy the weekend John

John Eustace (M59-62)

        

    

18th May 2019

Reading this month's messages, I suppose I can relate to two of them.  The "doing nothing", which is probably one reason I haven't posted recently - too nice to do more than just walk round the harbour and sit on a bench looking at the sea, or sit in the summerhouse in the garden and watch the birds and insects flying and buzzing about.  And, not quite as we did it at school, doing a bit of rambling.  We took a picnic and went for a nice long walk - but at this age, Geoff, we prefer a walk with the occasional bench ;-)  For anyone not familiar with the area I now live - I can highly recommend the walk from Cullen, along the viaduct and old railway line, to Portknockie, past the spectacular sea rocks with nesting sea birds, down the cliff and along the beach back to the famous ice cream parlour in Cullen.  And this being the "sunshine coast", the sun shone.  I know most of the "users" of this site don't use the one which shall be nameless, but I posted some photos on!
 that.

I have also been planning a trip to Germany next month.  No, I won't be going to Hamm on this trip - I did that three years ago, so I have seen how it looks now, and I prefer the memories.  But we will go to Werl and to Dortmund, which is where my grandmother came from, and where we used to go on Visiting Days.  After all the moving about in my life, Dortmund still feels a bit like going "home".  It will be a lot of driving as they no longer have ferries from Scotland to Germany, but travelling is another thing we did a lot as children, didn't we?  And the ferries have improved somewhat since I used them in the 60s and 70s!

Pamela Ross (StJ63-68)

       

      

19th May 2019

You seem to have a similar attachment to Dortmund as I do to the Sauerland Pamela. On our yearly visits driving over the hill from Meckenheim to Dorlar on the last mile of our journey to our rented holiday flat was just like coming home for me always. Couldn't wait to get the boots on and roam the familiar tracks. A flat situated right on the track that we followed with the small group of lads - Simon, Martin, Steve Gulley, Pete Cartwright etc when we walked from the Moehnesee to the D of E camp at Altenilpe in the late seventies. Walking is also limited for us too now Pamela but obviously the memories aren't. Could be classified by some as 'doing nothing' perhaps John. By the way John it's good to see you posting again but where does the 'Hurn' come from? 'Oh not another dose of nostalgia' I hear you all cry. Sorry folks but that's me.
Have a good trip Pamela - Warstein perhaps?

Geoff Hern (M60-80)

       

    

20th May 2019

Well GH, I could claim it was a deliberate error to misspell a surname to check if anyone reads this stuff! It was not. I clearly had more on my mind than spell checking and of course, I don't recall normally calling you by anything but initials. In my defense, I issued a correction almost immediately. Presently, I am writing out in longhand a thousand Hurns, oh no, sorry Herns. I could be gone for a while! Besides, I calculate only 14 more sleeps until I set up camp for a month
of 'far niente'  

John Eustace (M59-62)

       

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