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Au Revoir Les Enfants

It is 1964. I am Captain of the School Cricket Team and Head of ‘F’ House; the Big Cheese, Top Dog, Head Honcho, King of the Castle or to adopt the terms favoured amongst that most alpha of alpha male … Continue reading

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Half Term

The Science Museum, Cassiobury Park, The Serpentine Lido, Richmond Park; the names still have a powerful effect on me 50 years later. Guessed the connection yet? Look at the title dear boy! Come on! At the Masonic Schools half-term was … Continue reading

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The Appearance of Davies Minor

As you can see from the inset I was not an only child. Taken around 1957 the photograph reveals me as the jug eared one leaning on my father’s knee. He was Cmdr. Stanley Davies RNR and if you are … Continue reading

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A Prepubescent Sexual Awakening

Relax I am not going to talk about boarding school and homosexuality. Although If I carry on with this blog at some stage I shall have to, unless you are spared it by my early demise. Steve Jobs and Bert … Continue reading

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The Rhythm of Term

Hammering rain and grey scudding cloud make a less than inspiring backdrop to our departure from the auld country. Budget airlines compound the misery and relieve us of a further £60 for our additional 10kg of baggage – that’s in … Continue reading

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The Dish

“The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton” the Duke of Wellington once said. Actually Google is alive with excited commentary about whether the Great Man himself really did say those words, rather than some anonymous … Continue reading

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Pedagogy Masonic Style

Like nearly everybody in the school, I came from a state junior school. We sat some kind of pre-admission test which was used to allocate us to streams (2A, 2B or (l’horreur!) 2C) but there was no entrance exam requirement. … Continue reading

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New Term Same Old Masters

January 1962 and I am back for my second term at the Masonic Junior School. JSton as we called it (I don’t know! Stop asking irritating questions). My attempt to run away had ended in ignominious failure and my rebellious … Continue reading

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Another term begins

I will never forget drawing in to Bristol Temple Meads on the first day of the first holidays (or should that be I have never forgotten? I guess what is remembered at 59 has effectively been remembered for life already). … Continue reading

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Goin’ Home

After an eventful first term the end is in view and the days are ticked off. The prospect of seeing friends, family and the comforts of home are delicious beyond the imagining of those who have not been to war, … Continue reading

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