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But the Fed is only partly an institution of government. The stockholders in a dozen different Federal Reserve banks in different regions of the country are the big private banks. The Federal Reserve was created by Congress in , after a financial panic that led to a secret meeting at banker J. Morgan's private resort, off the coast of Georgia at a place called Jekyll Island. What emerged was a cartel agreement with five objectives: It was realized that the bankers would have to become partners with the politicians and that the structure of the cartel would have to be a central bank.

Jesse Ventura in the book "American Conspiracies". The system is so opaque and risk-permeated that any restraints imposed threaten to destabilize the whole financial house of cards. At most, the attempt is to prop up the big banks and hope that they will serve as the lynchpins to stabilize the system. Nevertheless, this is made almost impossible, due to the sheer size of the shadow banking system to which the major banks are connected: Countries are effectively told that if they don't follow certain conditions, the capital markets or the IMF will refuse to lend them money.

They are basically forced to give up part of their sovereignty, to let capricious capital markets, including the speculators whose only concerns are short-term rather than the long-term growth of the country and the improvement of living standards, "discipline" them, telling them what they should and should not do.

Joseph Stiglitz in his book "Globalization and Discontents". They have mastered the technique of infiltrating the instruments of democracy - the "independent" judiciary, the "free" press, the parliament - and molding them to their purpose. The project of corporate globalization has cracked the code.

Free elections, a free press, and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market has reduced them to commodities on sale to the highest bidder.

Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process of law the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the strong arm of the law applied by the central power of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principal men now engaged in forming an imperialism of capitalism to govern the world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd.

Civil Servants' Year Book: Any of these may be achieved under capitalism, and any or all of them may he sacrificed and lost under capitalism, depending on this relationship to the primary goal of capitalist activity - the pursuit of profit. The Western imperial powers seek to destroy the social safety net and drive their populations into further destitution and desperation.

This is the crisis of advanced, post-industrial capitalism - an economic system which must expand the divide between rich and poor, create extremes of wealth and poverty and generally perpetuate itself on the misery and poverty of the lower classes. It is a coherent system closely linked to the expansion of modern capitalism and based on an association of three partners: Big business complicity and political laissez faire is the only way that large-scale organized crime can launder and recycle the fabulous proceeds of its activities.

And the transnationals need the support of governments and the neutrality 0f the regulatory authorities in order to consolidate their positions, increase their profits, withstand or crush the competition, pull off the "deal of the century" and finance their illicit operations. Politicians are directly involved, and their ability to intervene depends on the backing and the funding that keep them in power. The only objective of the anti-corruption campaigns taken up by international organizations World Bank, IMF, and OECD is the "good governance" of a financial crime that is now an integral part of market globalizations under the leadership of the American democracy, the most corrupt on the planet.

But this same feature, which is a source of strength in providing economic motivation through the pursuit of profits, is also a source of weakness owing to the fact that so self-centered a motivation contributes very readily to a loss of economic coordination. Each individual, just because he is so powerfully motivated by self-interest, easily loses sight of the role which his own activities play in the economic system as a whole, and tends to act as if his activities were the whole, with inevitable injury to that whole.

Many people hit a proverbial wall on this issue because they simply cannot fathom that certain groups of men globalists and central bankers view money and economy in completely different terms than they do. The average American lives within a tiny box when it comes to the mechanics and motivations of finance.

They think that their monetary desires and drives are exactly the same as a globalist's. But, what they don't realize is that the box they think in was built by globalists. This is why the actions of big banks and the decisions of our mostly corporate establishment run government seem so insane in the face of common sense.

We try to rationalize their behavior as "idiocy", but the reality is that their goals are highly deliberate and so far outside what we have been taught to expect that some of us lack a point of reference.

If you cannot see the endgame, you will not understand the steps taken to reach it until it is too late. The capitalists owned everything in the world, and everyone else was their slave. They owned all the land, all the houses, all the factories, and all the money. If anyone disobeyed them they could throw him into prison, or they could take his job away and starve him to death. The inheritance tax drove the great private fortunes dominated by Wall Street into tax-exempt foundations, which became a major link in the Establishment network between Wall Street, the Ivy League, and the federal government The foundations managed to acquire control over the primary Ivy League colleges, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Princeton.

The major foundations, though commonly regarded as charitable institutions, often use their grant-making powers to advance the interests of their founders. James Perloff in his book "The Shadows of Power" "Can anyone honestly believe that the tax-exempt Foundations, which are based on the great American fortunes and administered by the present-day captains of American industry and finance, will systematically underwrite research which tends to undermine the pillars of the status quo, in particular the illusion that the corporate rich who benefit most from the system do not run it?

Ramparts magazine "The Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, are using their enormous public funds to finance a one-sided approach to foreign policy and to promote it actively by propaganda, and in the Government through infiltration. The power to do this comes out of the power of the vast funds employed. Congressman Carroll Reece, chairman of the Reece Committee - investigating tax-exempt foundations, Dan Smoot in his book "The Invisible Government" , Part of this complex, and ultimately responsible for it, are the Rockefeller and Carnegie groups of foundations.

Rene Wormser in his book "Foundations: Their Power and Influence". They were out to limit population by going after the human reproductive process itself. So, they raised question number two, and the question was, 'How do we involve the United States in a war? The higher the debt the more the interest.

Nothing drives government deeply into debt like a war; and it has not been an uncommon practice among international bankers to finance both sides of the bloodiest military conflicts. On the grand chessboard these are considered neutral ground because it is where all the money flows.

Without money to fund war, there is no war. You must have an "enemy" if you are going to collect from the King. Nathan Rothschild made a huge financial bet on Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, while also funding the Duke of Wellington's peninsular campaign against Napoleon. Both the Mexican War and the Civil War were goldmines for the family. In short, I was a racketeer for Capitalism The general public shoulders the bill.

This bill renders a horrible accounting. Newly placed gravestones, Mangled bodies. Broken hearts and homes. Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations. When things go badly at home, when popular discontent becomes inconveniently articulate, it is always possible, in a world where war-making remains an almost sacred habit, to shift the people's attention away from domestic to foreign and military affairs.

A flood of xenophobic or imperialistic propaganda is released by the government-controlled instruments of persuasion, a "strong policy" is adopted toward some foreign power, an appeal for "national unity" in other words, unquestioning obedience to the ruling oligarchy is launched, and at once it becomes unpatriotic for anybody to voice even the most justifiable complaints against mismanagement or oppression.

It is difficult to see how any highly centralized government could afford to dispense with militarism and the threat of foreign war. Aldous Huxley in his book " Science, Liberty and Peace", Imagine if you could create money out of thin air. Imagine you have the credit cards of all the nations in your pocket. Your first impulse is to lend money to your nominees so they can buy most of the world's real wealth for you. Your second impulse is to establish a totalitarian system "world government" globalization to prevent any nation from challenging this system or defaulting on their "debt" to you.

To make them accept "world government," you need to weaken them by having them fight among themselves, run up huge debts for armaments which you will sell them , kill off the cream of their manhood, and become demoralized and decadent. You accomplish this through your ownership of politicians and the press and your control of MI-6, CIA who will carry out assassinations and acts of terror.

This is the real history of the last years. The dollar is backed by U. In this regard, the Federal Reserve's overwhelming powers of money creation constitute an essential lever of an imperial monetary agenda. The Western banking system controls a worldwide electronic banking network.

The prime value, which also seems to demarcate the inner club from the rest of the BIS members, is the firm belief that central banks should act independently of their home governments A second and closely related belief of the inner club is that politicians should not be trusted to decide the fate of the international monetary system.

In Europe, the independent banking system is run through the European Central Bank, whose monetary policies are put together by the leading members of the Bilderberg elite. Daniel Estulin in his book "The Bilderberg Group". The only safe and rational currency is a national currency based on the national credit, sponsored by the state, flexible, and controlled in the interests of the people as a whole. Vernon Parrington summarized Greenbackers' position in the s.

The compounding interest on this debt is now growing exponentially, and cannot be sustained. Unfortunately, we cannot just pay down the national debt. All our money - except for coins - is created out of debt. Under this debt money system, to reduce the debt is to reduce the national money. The only solution is to restructure our monetary system to forbid government borrowing. Fortunately, this is nothing new. The problem with the economy of every nation on earth has the same root - national debt - debt that is totally unnecessary All nations can get out of debt and not incur any more debt.

Any nation that did this would immediately stabilize their economic situation - that is, incur neither significant inflation, nor deflation - by design. Human societies run best on stability - a stable economic platform - one that can be predicted in the long term. Once the money power is taken away from the big banks and returned into the hands of we, the people, then economic common sense can return, and the nation's legislature can once again become responsive to the voting electorate instead of the bankers In other words, what we need is a new human rights movement for the next generation based upon No More National Debt.

The economic problems that most people became aware of in the fall of are not reversing. Unemployment is still rising. Foreclosures are still rising. The world's economic death spiral into a deflationary depression must continue until the real problem is addressed.

Our entire global economic system is at a tipping point. In creating it, Congress had ceded its constitutional authority over the nation's monetary system to the private financiers. These two dominant global currency systems are intricately related.

They are controlled and regulated by overlapping financial interests. Had not the European money-trust intervened, it would have no doubt become an established institution. Cleon Skousen from the documentary "The Money Masters". One major aim of the backers of the Federal Reserve - displacing London as world money market - had been achieved.

The gold standard was still the basis of foreign exchange. The small group of international bankers - now led by New York banks - who owned the gold, controlled the monetary system of Western nations. William Engdahl in his book "Gods of Money". When you understand that the BIS pulls the strings of the world's monetary system, you then understand that they have the ability to create a financial boom or bust in a country.

If that country is not doing what the money lenders want, then all they have to do is sell its currency. Joan Veon, "If the key to controlling a nation is to run its central bank, one can imagine the potential of a global central bank, able to dictate the world's credit and money supply.

Governments can create as much as they need debt-free to make the economy hum. Markets will determine their value relative to other currencies. But the Illuminati bankers have created all currency in the form of a debt to them. Our society is wholly complicit in this fraud. The monetary system was, in effect, a bi-metallic system. Silver existed in abundance in the Western United States. However, the influential New York bank syndicate, headed in the s by the House of Morgan, took the opposite position.

They saw gold, especially in light of their close ties to leading London banks, as their best road to dominant power over the money supply of the United States. Supplies of monetary gold were controlled by a handful of New York banks and by the financial powers of the City of London - above all, by the banking group of Lord Rothschild. The New York bankers wanted no competition from silver. Their banking allies in the City of London, the heart of the world gold standard at the time, wanted America exclusively on a gold standard where their influence would be vastly greater.

London's New York banking allies - J. Morgan, along with Rothschild's US banking agent, August Belmont, and others in New York finance - shrewdly used their London banking associates to control American credit markets to their own exclusive advantage and to the distinct disadvantage of the general American public.

Meaningful policies cannot be achieved without radically reforming the workings of the international banking system. What is required is an overhaul of the monetary system. Instrumental in control of economics by the rich has been the debt-based monetary system, where credit is treated as the monopoly of private financial interests who in turn control governments, intelligence services and military establishments. Politicians are bought and sold, elected or removed, or aven assassinated for this purpose.

The global monetary system is tightly controlled and coordinated at the top by the leaders of the central banks who work for the world's richest people. The Greenback system, which provided up to a third of the U.

The bankers opposed it because it meant fewer loans and less profits. In practice this means that those countries within the system must exchange real value in the form of natural resources like oil and gas, manufactured items and commodities with the U. The Federal Reserve is a privately held business owned by the very interests that it nominally regulates. Thus the control of federal credit and the U. The balance sheet of Citibank remains the same. And if they say they don't like American banks, they'll put it in Credit Suisse.

All we do is charge Saudi Arabia and credit Credit Suisse. Our balance sheet remains the same. So when people run around waiting for the sky to fall there isn't any way that money can leave the system. It's a closed circuit. Morgan, and other kingpins of the Money Trust were powerful monopolists. A monopolist seeks to eliminate competition.

In fact, Rockefeller once said: James Perloff in his book "The Shadows of Power: Gary Allen in his book "The Rockefeller File".

Paul Warburg had issued a tip in March of that the Crash was coming. Before it did, John D. Rockefeller, Bernard Baruch, Joseph P.

Kennedy, and other money barons got out of the market. Early withdrawal from the market not only preserved the fortunes of these men: James Perloff in his book "The Shadows of Power". Militarization and the economic crisis are intimately related. The provision of essential goods and services to meet basic human needs has been replaced by a profit-driven "killing machine" in support of America's "Global War on Terror".

The poor are made to fight the poor. Yet war enriches the upper class, which controls industry, the military, oil and banking. In a war economy, death is good for business, poverty is good for society, and power is good for politics. Western nations, particularly the United States, spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year to murder innocent people in far-away impoverished nations.

Chalmers Johnson in his book "Sorrows of Empire". That's their goal, the thirdworldization of America - and everywhere else. They just want to get richer and richer and make us work harder and harder for less and less. That's what globalization and the "free market" are all about. George Katsiaficas in the book "Masters of War". Ha-Joon Chang in his book "Bad Samaritans: We call for the abrogation of all loan agreements that provide for structural adjustment, public assumption of private debts and the further exposure of the Third World economies to plunder by private multinational giants.

It was called another great economic miracle, and it probably was - for the rich. But for most of the Mexican people, it's been a complete disaster. Noam Chomsky in his book "The Common Good". We negotiated lucrative deals for U. In effect, we created surrogate governments that appeared to represent their people but in reality were our servants. Their favored country has no public services. Power, water, education, health care, social security, and financial services are all owned and operated by foreign corporations for profit on a fee for service basis.

Food and other goods for domestic consumption are all imported from abroad and paid for with money borrowed from foreign banks. At the current rates of interest, it is a mathematical impossibility for most countries to pay off their debt. This has often meant the end of uncertain protection for the old, young and sick and 'wage restraint' in countries where the difference between wage and peonage is slight.

John Pilger in his book "Distant Voices". The Shock Doctrine involves cutting back or eliminating social programs, privatization, tax cuts and incentives for the wealthy, and increasing prices on strategic goods - gasoline, fuel oil which affect the poor more than any other segment of society.

Pepper in his book "An Act of State: If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it. Standard Oil or the Rockefeller enterprise, and the Morgan complex of industries, finance and transportation companies. Rockefeller and Morgan trust alliances dominated not only Wall Street but, through interlocking directorships, almost the entire economic fabric of the United States.

Sutton in his book "Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution", Morgan merged with Chase Manhattan, leading to the integration of J. Morgan, Chase, Chemical and Manufacturers Hanover into a single financial entity.

Bear Stearns was acquired in by J. Morgan Chase following its collapse. This banking empire controlled by the Rockefeller family has assets of more than 1. It controlled five of six of the mega-banks [Bank of America was controlled by the Rothschilds]". Eustice Mullins in his book "World Order". David Allen Rivera in his book "Final Warning: A History of the New World Order, Private citizen David Rockefeller is accorded privileges of a head of state He is untouched by customs or passport offices and hardly pauses for traffic lights.

Obviously the two of them were forced into hiring a nondescript Ford saloon in order to carry out their Saturday morning hooting sessions. With respect, I suggest it is unfair to personalise when attempting to put forward arguments over a public forum.

Especially when the sands of history have largely closed over. I think I remember Chris Esmond as a junior cricketer. Occasional left arm spinner, fourth change, and No. Probably an Arsenal supporter. Come off it, Chris. Just because a Ford motor car was occasionally parked so the driver could enjoy a bit of cricket watching on a Saturday afternoon hardly constitutes the possibility that Dr Simpson surreptitiously kept an eye on HCS representative matches. I know for a fact that the Headmaster never once turned up to a First Eleven game despite his former pre-eminence as a former Scottish national cricketer.

This was, after all, the man who once kept wicket behind Donald Bradman before the War. In my book that achievement, alone, makes Simpson worthy of our respect. See Scottish cricketing records for the s. This flies in the face of strong circumstantial evidence of Dr Simpson's gardening prowess. It was said that he successfully bred begonias and chrysanthemums.

And no harm in that. I was never a Simpson fan but would advocate we stick to the facts rather than indulging in wild speculation. Bear in mind, as in Wikipedia, unedited quasi-facts can establish on The Net, for all time. Well, faced with evidence from ex-HCS cricketing aristocrats, Messrs. Garwood and Ward, what to say? I trust Mr Makepeace returns to advise us of his source for the Marchant-Tyrwhitt partnership, although, as I said, a few of us did suspect the tooter was the latter.

So, the long-mummified Mystery of Tootincarman arises from the ashes of HCS history, excavated from the memories of yesteryear Was Tyrwhitt the Tooter or not? I'd always thought, yes, he probably was, apparently confirmed by the Combined Unis. What might he have been doing, watching from the road rather than patrolling the school field with his international wicket-keeper's expert gaze? So what the hell was he up to then, one toot for a solid forward defensive stroke, two for a good catch, three for clean bowled, 4 for hitting a 4,5 for a maiden over, 6 for a 6?

Remember, Peter Ward, I'm talking about '65, not ' Simple - even this ultra-serious man, about to unburden himself of all the cares of his soon-to-be-relinquished position, of all his head-ship, one might say, whom I can not recall ever laughing wholeheartedly - or even genuinely smiling, come to think of it - finally felt able to just ARS around, now and then I have been referred to a recent contribution on the website by a former school cricketer.

He is just as astonished as I am with the suggestion that Bernie Marchant and Tywhritt were cricketers. Certainly not in my time as First XI skipper and Bernie was essentially a back-room boy. Whilst keen on cricket he was not proficient at the game. Peter Garwood is right to support Bernie M but I seem to remember the Classics master played not in white but black plimsolls.

Later, I was not proud of this as I subsequently realised he was plucky to go out and bat in the first place. They were good men and decent enough players. Chris Esmond's comment on the phantom hooter rings a vague bell not meant as a pun. We were aware of a light-coloured Ford Sedan parked on the main road overlooking the ground during occasional home games.

Whether or not the driver sounded his horn to mark match incidents I would not be sure, so am unable to comment. Chris R, Brian Have a look at Alec's piece on the war memorial.

It says The latter, known only as 'Muller', had been educated at Harrow County, as his father worked in London before the war. Later on, whilst flying as a navigator in a JU88 aircraft, he was shot down and captured.

The pilot who did so, Freddie Green was another Old Gaytonian, who after landing, met his foe. As they were talking, an Army patrol turned up to take Muller in to custody, and there was disbelief all round when the Officer leading them turned out to be another old boy of the school, Lt C W Stevens. Oh dear it must be the silly season again. Bernie Marchant was a good, genuine man but sadly, even though he clearly loved cricket and worked very hard behind the scenes, gave up his spare time to umpire, he was no cricketer.

I think Gethin Williams would have called upon his coaching services if the naughty suggestion that he was a Blue was true. He did not even own a pair of cricket boots, he bravely turned out for the annual staff match in white plimsoles.

I would like to think that Bernie would have been an Arsenal supporter rather than Man U or Liverpool. The contribution about Hambly is of interest in that it is one of the few I've seen that gives news of the subsequent career of a head boy. It was never clear to me how head boys were selected or by whom but they were generally good 'all rounders'- but not exclusively so.

As a sweeping generalisation I would say for the most part head boys did no better or worse than the rest of us in later life. The really successful by whatever criterion seem to have come from the back of the pack well after leaving school.

Remarkable, Tony - although my feeling is that the match in question was of far lesser status, ie more like an 'Oxbridge' or Combined Universities 'A' X1 versus a combined London or Home Counties unders, for example.

And, if played at Lord's then most certainly on the Nursery ground, not the main arena. Hence its non-entry in Wisden. I wonder why Mr Marchant, given his obvious ability, and being such a staunch supporter of HCS cricket in the admin and umpiring departments, didn't do any coaching apart, of course, from the annual early season advice on the noticeboard that "hardening of hands is essential"! Perhaps he did, before my time? As for Mr Nicholas Tyrwhitt, he was, it seems, a real cricketing 'dark horse', although one somehow suspected there might well be far more to him, especially when it was announced in an assembly he'd become a local councillor.

All of which might finally clear up something of an ongoing in those days 'mystery' re the identity of an individual who often used to watch our home matches from Kenton Road, sitting in his car - and now and then tooting the horn, not only at a noteworthy event the fall of a wicket, a boundary, a maiden over, a good piece of fielding but also after a mistake a dropped catch, a poor stroke, a wide ball!

We wondered who this might be and once I think someone even jokingly commented it looked like Mr Tyrwhitt's car cue raucous laughter! In fact, if my memory serves me, I seem to recall a sort of 'secret' little smile flicker across his face when the matter was broached in the changing room. Seems a bit pathetic from this distance, yet perhaps such characters could find at least some 'release' from their social straitjacket personas via such odd behaviour. Generous comments have rightly been made about Mr B Marchant.

He and Mr Thyrwittt were good friends. It says much for the old HCS that top graduate Arts and Science staff communicated and worked happily together. In my time, we were told that the two gentlemen first met at University, either Oxon or Cantab. Both obtained cricketing Blues. The match might have been played at Lords c. Marchant and Thyrwhitt put on an impressive runs before lunch.

A fast rate of scoring in those far-off days. Mr Marchant smiled when he told us he was dropped at gulley with only three runs to his name. He opined that the dropped catch was a 'sitter', the ball cutting from middle and leg to off stump, before embarrassing second slip. The two friends may have been playing against a representative MCC side. Unfortunately, I can trace no reference in Wisden, so remain baffled. It may be that the match was played at a lesser ground, Southgate for instance, and did not count as a First Class fixture worthy of inclusion.

Caroline The page www. In Lahore, India in February ". So he should be in the whole school photo on the photos page www. The above D M Hambly was my grandfather. Apart from being an Engineer for the Indian State Railway where he was designing and building bridges and tunnels, mostly in the NOrth West in what is now West Pakistan.

I didn't know he had been Head Boy. I knew him very well. If you have anything to add to this I would be very grateful. What he did at school. I don't get the impression he was'nt sporty but maybe wrong; more academic. I didn't know Bernie Marchant at School. I only met him once, at a meeting in Hugh Skillen's house in my Old Gaytonian magazine-editing days, but Jim Golland had mentioned to me that he relied on Bernie to help him out with Latin in his local history research.

Someone can't remember who approached me to translate into Latin some invitation to someone else to go on a tour. I did my best after about some 40 years and asked Bernie to check my version.

Not only did he approve it, he complimented me on my use invention? I was ridiculously pleased at that. What a nice man. Mention is made of Bill Kitchen motor spares shop which was usually managed by the irascible George Graham who did not suffer fools gladly. It was one of the first independent spares shops.

In those days spare parts were usually only obtainable from main dealers but with more people taking to the roads they started to spring up. Initially Lucas and others refused to supply them, which led to firms like Wipac setting up and taking part of the after market away from them. The most famous one locally was Barnacles of Ealing,if they did not have what you were after,you had a problem. Their pre war stock was amazing. Then the accessory shops opened up like Dannys, owned by Nobby Clarke, at the end of the parade between the Dominion and the entrance to Wealdstone football ground, later there was a branch in Eastcote.

The shop next to Bill Kitchen was Youngs fishing tackle and it is amazing how many of their rods and reels still turn up at auction. They also sold knives and when I was looking to buy a scout sheath knife they also had WW2 commando knives which I could not afford at seven shilling and sixpence, they are now selling in excess of one hundred pounds, I still have my ,I cut my way, knife which is worthless, such is life.

About a Boy Scout travelling through life. I was in the PT display with Alan Coxon as the solo performer. In the show I was also a 'White Indian', white smock, white trousers, white headband and feather, depicting the spirit of a Red Indian.

Wembley Speedway, no-one has mentioned Tommy Price, great rider. How about the March of the Gladiators when the riders paraded before the races having to use crutches and walking sticks to march out!!!! Bill Kitchen in his shop near the Bridge School. Went with a pal to purchase something, Bill had to climb a ladder to reach, just like Open All Hours, when he fell off the ladder, right from the top, my pal and I climbed over the counter to help him.

Marchant and Tyrwhitt teaming up to watch the Wembley Lions - an odd twosome indeed, quite apart from the almost surreal circumstances! However, Tony Makepeace's anecdote is confirmed by my recall of Bernie's post-match remarks to a small group of HCS first X1 cricketers, around summer , when, confronting our extreme annoyance at what we regarded as biased umpiring by the opposition's master, which had led to us losing the match, he strongly advised us not to risk what he clearly regarded as "losing face" by confronting the man concerned with our anger, but rather instead to "put it on ice".

I remember very clearly that moment, when, although we hardly expected such an apparently profoundly conventional character to support our would-be 'rebellion' against the entrenched authority of a teacher-cum-cricket umpire!

Seeing our puzzled and-or disappointed faces he added I forget the exact words, of course something like, "Well, I assure you, that works for me" before astonishing us by saying he "released" a lot of pent-up personal frustration by attending ice hockey matches at the Empire Pool - particularly when the players got into brawls, imagining that it was he himself dishing out the blows!

When he left the changing-room we cracked up, literally fell about laughing, in one case, almost uncontrollably. But in doing so, we left our 'hard done by' resentment behind - the ice had melted, as it were!

Bernie's advice had worked, albeit not in the way he'd intended. Despite his rigidly controlled persona, he was, like many of his type, not at all quite what he seemed - out of hours That's a great story about the various roles played by OGs in the shooting down of a German plane but I am not sure about the truth.

I was at school all through the war years but do not recall hearing the story before. We had a number of old boys who would address us about their experiences but I do not recall this particular incident being related. You're quite right Colin, Jack Beet was in effect Ralph's 'main man'. I had barely got my feet under my desk when, having joined the 4th Harrow straight away, I was off with a load of others in Mr Brown's removal van to Gilwell Park.

We rehearsed at Gilwell until dress rehearsal at the Albert Hall itself. I stayed with the show, later as stage staff, until I went into the RAF. Later on Ralph wrote a play especially for the 4th The Story of Mike , in which he starred, and was put on in the School hall.

I seem to recall reading on this site that in early WWll a German aircraft that was shot down was piloted by an OG, the pilot who shot him down was also OG and to compound the coincidences the officer who collected the now POW was also an OG. I can't seem to locate that story on the site - did I imagine it.

Yes, indeed, Chris R. It was Bronco Wilson who was killed, at Haringay in aged And Split Waterman did have a chequered career, ending up living in Spain. I wonder if he's still alive. I wasn't invited to participate in the Wembley show. Colin, are you confusing Split Waterman with somebody else As late as he was arrested for smuggling gold out of the country. The gold probably from a bullion robbery. I seem to recall a search of his home turned up enough weapons to equip a small army.

The last I heard he was living on the Costa del Sol. Hah, Ice Pantomimes etc at the Pool were a right pain. The curved ends of the Pool were closed off leaving just a rectangle wqhich used to get very wet and mucky quite quickly.

Mind you a good hockey stop would almost cover that group of girls by the rink edge like a waterfall. If you didn't have your own skates the hire ones were awful. They were leather but usually so worn that they offered no support; you used to see folk crippling around the edge of the Pool on the sides of their feet. I've got a strong feeling that I was in the Scout show mentioned, but I can't remember details, and I've got no 4th Harrow records covering that sort of period.

Dear old Wembley Pool. How it all comes back to me. For a few years after the war there were two ice hockey teams, Wembley Lions and Wembley Monarchs. For some reason the Lions were my favourites, but I used to go along and watch both. There were ice shows - including ice pantomimes - and public skating most days. I tried a few times but, having no skates of my own, and very large feet, I hired a pair several times. They never fitted well enough to give me any support and I abandoned the pastime.

There were also amateur boxing finals, professional tennis when the sport was essentially still amateur , the splendid Harlem Globetrotters' black basketball team and one year a huge scout show when I learnt that one in five boys in the age group was a scout.

As for the Stadium, I remember my father getting press tickets for the speedway and watching Bill Kitchen and Split Waterman. The latter was killed in a race not in my presence fortunately when he came off and another bike ran over his neck. Another time, probably in , my soccer-loving dad who played for the Old Gayts until the war announced with delight that he'd got two tickets for The International.

At that time it meant England vs Scotland; there was no other international football then. I'm slightly ashamed to say that I can't remember much about it, not even who won. But I do remember the Olympic Games there and going along to get autographs. Anyone in a tracksuit would do; I never tied a name to the scribble. Mention was made of Bill Kitchen, the speedway rider who also ran a motor spares shop next to Youngs fishing tackle in the small parade of shops between Blawith Road and the entrance to Bridge school, my old primary school.

They then moved out to Hazlemere Bucks. Bill was a serious radio ham and the house bristled with aerials. Prior to going self employed in the motor trade I'd worked for the Eagle Star in Harrow, who insured both the old Wembley Stadium and the Pool and as they both fell in my patch I visited them on several occasions in connection with various claims and was able to go behind the scenes as it were.

The Pool was a technical engineering masterpiece which stood the test of time well, being used for a variety of events. Somewhere there's footage of it in use in all it's glory.

Speedway racing and Ice Hockey were very popular in the 50's and does anyone remember the wrestling at Wembley Town Hall in the early 60's, I got free tickets thanks to a neighbour and recall the likes of Steve Logan,Jackie Pallo and Mick Mcmanus, who I met at Moor Patk many years later playing golf, a totally different, charming person out of the ring, who ran an antique shop.

I have always referred to the sports arena as the Empire Pool, for that was what it was originally - a purpose built Olympic sized swimming pool. It was constructed in using reinforced concrete and, at the time, had the largest span reinforced concrete roof.

It was designed by Sir Owen Williams. I also remember going to quite a number of ice shows at the venue. I am pleased to see that others still call it the Empire Pool. Confuses younger members of my family no end.

As does telling them about the thursday evening when dad and I were shut out of a speedway meeting because the stadium was full. The junk shop or WW2 surplus was Zelepukens, which originally was on the left halfway between Bridge School and the Granada, opposite Ben Bogins barbers shop but then moved to the corner of Blawith Road when the site became a tyre depot. I was there the night Johnnie Murray surprisingly got a hat trick and they put three bowler hats on the screen at the cafe end..

Les Strongman had decamped to Nottingham Panthers but guested for the Russian game as did big defenceman Red Kurtz, my favourite player, who played for the old enemy, Brighton Tigers. What a line-up they had that night, Ron Kilby in goal, Shepherd and Kurtz defence, playmaker Booth, clever centre ice George Beech, who lived in Eastcote and looked like a merchant banker when in civvies on the train. Great memories and I too, many years later, reluctantly agreed to go on a staff 'bonding' course that included ice skating, waited until they were all on the ice, stumbling around, clinging to the boards, then made my entrance, flashing round backwards in my Lions skating jacket finishing with a massive hockey stop, covering the chosen ladies with ice, naughty but most enjoyable.

Great to read that I wasn't the only one to enjoy a misspent youth. Interesting to read about the Wembley Lions. I was a great fan. I seem to remember Bernie Marchant was a keen supporter but kept his face wrapped up in a scarf if HCS boys were around.

He and Nick Thyrrit excuse spelling were once spotted sharing a bag of chips at half time. At least some of our masters were human. Gratifying to hear that there are at least three of us left we'll have to start a Wembley Lions forum!!!! I seem to recall that Johnnie Murray always drew a 'get on the bench Murray'response from the fans.

Ah, Wally Kilminster at Wembley Triangle. After getting off the 18 bus from Harrow I could never pass those windows without stopping to see what I couldn't afford. Was the junk shop in Harrow the one at the end of Blawith Road; it was difficult to get to Scout Park without having a quick look. I committed the cardinal sin of swapping my bike for a guitar- it was a classical accoustic and didn't fare too well at camp, my parents were not all that impressed.

Interested to read of Chris's skating exploits. I too skated, pushed the ice clearing boards and played ice hockey at Wembley. Played on the ponds at Stanmore, Swakeleys and later years at Penn.

Played in the Sunday foot hockey league, the inline roller skates weren't around then. Bought my first pair of hockey skates from Kilminsters at Wembley Triangle, then found the Holy Grail in a junk shop in Harrow, a pair of Tackaberry Prolites as used by the pros. Johnnie Nettleton's mum worked in the office so we got cheap tickets to go skating and watch the Lions Who will forget the night they beat the Russian World Champions with the help of imports Red Kurtz and Les Strongman.

Still have the skates and a stick, anybody looking for a game. Having read your recent posting, I was also a regular watching speedway at Wembley Stadium. I remember the riders you mentioned and also a Brian Crutcher. I think I saw at least one World Championship Final there. Other riders like Barry Briggs and Ronnie Moore also come to mind. I moved to Swindon in and followed the Robins when Barry was riding here.

I was delighted to learn that the boat club continued to thrive after my departure. For three years after school I was with the I. I had never considered Twink having a family. Did he continue at the school until he retired? He had a good heart but some strange ways - as did most of the staff! We had a lot of eccentrics but they did their jobs well and prepared us for later experiences in life. Well, Brian, your slightly plaintive comment on lack of contributions lately brought, with the help of Peter Fowler's perfect summary of things, quite a burst of entries.

This after only 15 days. There have been longer intervals. You're right about rowing clubs. Apart from rowing on the Thames, I remember using their tank boat - a fixed "boat" in a pool with riggers and oars with slots in the blades to provide just the right resistance to simulate rowing a real boat on the water.

Later, Twink had our own tank boat built. It was wedged across the width of the school swimming pool and he brought his rather fey son Theodore who addressed him as Dada along to attend the "launch". I've no idea how it was paid for or what happened to it. My ice hockey with the Lion Cubs was pretty 'low-level' Tony. As a youngster I lived in Wembley, not far from the Stadium and Pool.

I started off with learning ice dancing, but then my kind parents bought me a pair of hockey tubes. I soon found that on ice hockey nights, I could with a bit of brown-nosing get to push an ice cleaner board around during the intervals. It was only a little bit more brown-nosing to eventually get the odd game with the Cubs. Many years later, and on a residential IT course in Bournemouth, I allowed the youngsters on the course to drag me the old git along to the ice rink.

I told them that of course I knew nothing about ice skating, but they promised to look after me. I enjoyed that evening's session Malcolm Ingram sent me the Skillen dvd at Christmas, he having received it from Geoff Wolf the year before.

Most entertaining, and great effort by all concerned. I thought I remembered the CCF arduous training in Dumfries and Galloway rather clearly but could not recall the canoes at all! As for swimming those memories of the freezing cold waters and what they did to one's body parts are hard to forget.

Anthony Tony Knight Email: I don't contribute to this message board very often, but I noticed in your recent posting that you played ice hockey for Wembley Lions Cubs. I was a keen fan following the Lions at the Empire Pool in the late 's and early 's.

I wonder if there are many of us left!! In those days the team was mainly made up with Canadian players. That's the way it goes Brian; last year was an interesting one for me when I became a member of the Papworth Zipper Club. And I have problems with surgeons who point an accusing finger and ask if I ever played a contact sport as a youth. Imagine trying to explain to Harry Mees, at the age of twelve, that I didn't want to play rugby in case some surgeon would want to cut my back open when I was in my seventies.

And I played in the RAF as well, gosh, silly me, really asking for trouble. Playing ice hockey for Wembley Lion Cubs was so much safer, and tackling those high peaks with the 4th Harrow was just the job for wimps like me. Good to meet an ex-fellow rower Chris! I was among the first members of the HCS boat club. We used two club houses. One was called Vesta but the name of the other is lost in the recesses of my memory bank.

I recall a group of initials starting with a 'W'. You are right about the 'thin green line' becoming thinner with time. In my case this has become markedly noticeable in the last few years. You may be right,Peter, about older OGs dropping off the branch, I rarely if ever see anyone from my years commenting on anything. Well, in the interest of raising a blast from the past, I wonder if anyone can remember which boat house on the Thames we used when doing rowing with Twink.

He was fatally electrocuted in an accident whilst serving as an interpreter during his National Service with the army in Germany. Pete had been in the 4th Harrow Merrymen Scouts with me, some co-incidence. Brian, first, this guest forum flourished when a people were discovering it and b it was fed by constant changes in the main site.

New photos, new stories, events, obituaries even. The two attributes worked hand in hand, one fed into the other. If something new was added to the site, it might trigger a response, which became a discussion, a thread. Second, its contributors remained locked in the Simpson years, we never did get the take-up from those who went to the school in the 70s and onwards. There were one or two little bursts, but they came to nothing. And, sad to say but true, those in the Simpson years are fading from the scene, I'm sure that some of the early contributors will have died and we wouldn't know.

It's all like the OG's, really: On the other hand, everything is here, hanging in cyberspace. And even now some will find it for the first time and decide to say something. Its survival is worth it just for that. It has become very quiet on this page of later. Are we all dead or have we simply run out of things to say? Alas a senior moment, it should have been Barry Norton not Norman, who I did acknowledge from a distance in Ruislip 35 years ago.

Good to see Dave Golby posting some form photos recently, the unknown master in them, is of course Bert Morshead, the physics teacher. Sadly very few of our intake contribute to this excellent website, some we know are no longer with us but I find it hard to accept that the survivors have not ventured into the computer age. Panic reigned amongst those of us about to take what was then School Certificate French when rumour had it there would be an oral component to the exam.

In the event there was not but none of us had spoken a word of French in four years of study. Some six years later I was introduced to spoken French in a camp in northern Quebec.

At the breakfast table everyone except me ate a plate full of baked beans into which they mixed strawberry jam with much gusto. My vocabulary expanded rapidly when the machinery developed mechanical problems.

In a previous experience I had learned I was one of those people who learn a language by listening to the spoken word, as in a language laboratory.

In my case a fellow expat and I perfected our Swahili after work by translating the Decamerron Nights at sight to our African workers each evening. The sessions were so popular we were recommended to change careers and become missionaries. A grounding in vagiaries of Latin grammar acquired at HCS found a useful application when tackling the twists and turns of a bantu language.

Ah, yes, Don Wilkey, I'd forgotten that he also took us for French in the 6th form - excellent teacher, very conscientious, almost neurotically so. Don Kincaid took us for the first 4 years and provided a welcome breath of humour and, er, 'normality' among an otherwise often rather odd bunch of characters in charge of us. As for the language lab, well, I don't recall ever using it!

But yes, Hugh Skillen did a great job pioneering the exchange scheme and that lab - and his teaching was ok, although for me anyway, others were better. I was fluent in French before I came to Harrow County but I do remember that we had one of the first language laboratories in the country. Mind you, I seem to remember we were the first to do so many things.

I was encouraged by another member of staff whose name I have forgotten to take an interest in modern French literature so I read a lot of Camus and Sartre. Still stays in my mind after all these years. Actually, the teaching of modern languages was badly flawed in those days, where one could 'get through' or even perform very well indeed in exams while barely being able to hold a basic conversation in the language studied.

Ludicrous, of course, but I guess the school felt it was beholden to the examination boards and exam grades were all that ultimately counted. Things tend to be a lot different now, thankfully. Hugh Skillen taught me for two years of the 6th form, but by then he seemed rather weary and frankly, I found him not particularly inspiring, unlike the previous incumbent, Don Kincaid. Apart from the spook stuff, Hugh was i.

I may perhaps have learned my french with a wee bit of a scottish accent never a problem when later living in Belgium but the extended student exchange scheme was really great. Ordinary school french may have been okay for passing exams, but living in the country quickly taught everyday usage.

Perhaps Bulldog should have done the same for German, although serving in the RAF in Germany soon had me ordering refreshments with no problems: He worked in the Y Service radio intercepts and wrote a number of books on his work and Bletchley in general.

He was instrumental in publicising the work and setting up conferences when the secrets became public. I think he could claim to be a major influence in its subsequent restoration and its establishment as a "heritage" site. He was a generous contributor to The Old Gaytonian magazine, which I edited for the best part of 20 years until Michael F Hendley Email: At that time no-one would have known of his role in codebreaking. This led me to look for other information about the school and former pupils.

Harrow County Boys' was where I began my teaching career. I retired in as Deputy Head of large comprehensive school in the Midlands. I've enjoyed reading the staff list and being reminded of some great colleagues. I bought my first car the ducal chariot from Mr Duke. Good suggestion there Henry. I travelled extensively on narrow gauge trains in Africa and elsewhere and did not find them either something to be romantic or nostalgic about. Sorry, chaps, may have got the terminology wrong.

Should, perhaps, have used the phrase heritage railways. Interesting comment in the last post about the Bluebell Line - didn't know it had changed gauge! So what was Michael doing there which concerned narrow gauge railways? I would have thought North Wales would have been a better choice. I went over to see Tony Clarke today and we had lunch. Tony is a director of the Bluebell Railway in Sussex.

He told me that Michael Portillo has recently made a programme there for a new series on the narrow gauge railways of Britain. I was glad to read that you enjoyed the piece, Colin. Jeff does a great job in unearthing information like this but doubt for all his efforts he finds half of the material reporting achievements of OGs.

It may well be 'old geezer talk' but I fail to see what was achieved by closing the grammar schools like HCS. The politicians of that time have much to answer for. Thank you for the steer, Brian. What a remarkable career - and what a charming gentleman. Glad to see the resumption of obituaries on the website. For those who have not yet read it, I highly recommend the interview of Hans Neubroch for which a reference is given in his obituary notice on the web site.

His time at HCS overlapped with mine but I do not remember him. Must get these fingers checked out for incontinence - or perhaps that would be incompetence - been playing a lot of bum notes on the guitar of late. I can well remember nearly doing myself a serious mischief when parading with the Scout flags into the old hall. Yes, I'd been warned, but I was so proud to have been chosen to carry the flag that I clean forgot the advice about the height of the door frame Coming down to Harrow is out these days, anno domini and all that means it's a little bit too far.

I heard a comment on the TV that the latest UK population figures were 'broken down by age' - I can emphasize with that. As in previous years, on Friday 6th November at 11am we will gather at the school to commemorate those of our fellow Old Boys who fell in war.

Tea and coffee will be served in the library from I hope to see you all there Again, as in previous years well adjourn thereafter to the St Johns Hotel opposite Debenhams or Sopers if your prefer for a pie and a pint. Copy of Gaytonian signed by Randal Williams and other masters on sale on Ebay. We have had good discussions here but these will be terminated forever by these interventions. I don't know if Bob is being serious or not.

Yes Col Bigham did get the CCF going and was responsible - together with other staff - for the challenges and opportunities that this gave students I was in the scouts. Contribution to the school? That's a different matter as a teacher who's lessons consisted of just reading from a text book year after year one of three brothers at the school who all had the same treatment , I can't see what contribution he made to the school? I can't imagine how much use he would have been trying to teach A level Biology, but I am willing to stand corrected if he really did know something about the subject!

Only the small-minded such as certain recent correspondents are unable to appreciate the tireless and self-sacrificing energies the Colonel offered to a proud, fine school. To demean this man beyond the grave is grossly unfair as he cannot answer back. But he has no need. There remain those of us who warmly appreciate the generous example senior masters such as Bigham set.

All great men have their juvenile critics. The latter are mean-spirited failures who have not fulfilled the hopes of their puny adolescence. Let us hear no more repetitive nonsense from these dreary people. They should feel ashamed of their petty and bitter jibes. Dr Simpson and Colonel Bigham set standards by which some of us have led the rest of our lives.

They remain in our memories as magnificent examples of midth century educators of young men who were encouraged to go out into the world and achieve. Their detractors, who sneer from afar within the safety of anonymity, are not worth a candle. Let them put up or shut up. I don't have a problem with any continuing discussion of Bigham in a serious vein. He was obviously very influential on Simpson and impacted many pupils in many ways.

The problem with Lotte Hotter is that he is very like a young child who says something funny causing adults to laugh and then repeats the same words at every opportunity ad nauseam. All that is needed is for Lotte Hotter to recognise that the joke if there ever was one is over! Over the years Jeffrey has made this page available I have very much enjoyed the various exchanges and recollections from our formative years at HCS.

It never occurred to me to stay in the area as some seem to have done. In I left for the 'colonies' where, with the exception of six years in Cornwall and Scotland, I have remained.

One item that has been really exhausted on this page is the tale of Bigham whom I knew only slightly in his first year at HCS. Various contributors have researched this man in considerable depth and published their findings here. I suggest our anonymous friend Hotter delve into the 'back issues' for answers to his various questions. Something many of us would like to read are the minutes of the committee meeting at which the appointment of Simpson was discussed.

How did the committee find him and why did they feel hiring him was so necessary given they had just appointed Crowle-Ellis who seemed to be doing a good job?

I feel sure the information is hidden away in an archive box somewhere. Perhaps one of our number still living in the area would devote an hour or two to this task. Most disappointed we are at the negative response to our open request. What is this English word 'spoof'.

We had hoped for information from more enlightened people on an intriguing subject of international significance. I would wish to meet this Chris Esmond who, despite his insulting comments, hints he may have knowledge of former Col Wilhelm von Bigham. In November, I travel to London for a conference arranged at the Lords cricket ground. Perhaps Mr Esmond will make contact so we can meet? Does he have photographs besides memories? Can he bring a friend who may share his memories?

We hope to publish early in the New Year but our publishers are growing restless. In particular, we most urgently require information on the Colonel's legendary escape to Argentina and the subsequent increase of importation of Mercedes Benz saloons into that country. All this was prior to his exposure and the necessity of a change of identification. Finally, a successful transition into a teacher of Biology.

A remarkable achievement, considering his total lack of knowledge of the subject. Colin, thank you for intuitively perceiving and clearly elucidating this latest outrage, an affront to the finely-tuned sensibilities of all who sailed in 'The Good Ship HCS' in those far-off, yet somehow ever 'near-and-dear'days.

A few - hopefully, of course, very few although one can never be sure in these difficult times for us and our ilk - may scoff, but the most appropriate words I can find are presently ringing in my inner ears: I can give you a few years, having just passed my own 79th birthday.

Yes, we're from a very different age. Our past was a different country, they did things But, hey I enjoyed it all. One of my grandsons is off on a school trip to Bletchley; I've set him the task of finding my french teacher Hugh skillen on the honours list.

I am 70 years of age today, and looking at the form photographs from , with my class mates and Ken Waller, our erstwhile form master, I feel from a different age! I'm afraid this is a spoof by someone who has amused himself - but no one else - with anonymous or pseudonymous entries in the guestbook in the past.

I am sorry to have to say that he will no doubt have been gratified that you have taken the bait. He can make - and has made in the past - serious contributions, even if I have not always agreed with him.

We are sorry you are exhausted. Do you think your first sentence requires a question mark? We are surprised that your English education has not drummed this home, as your people say. We are from Dresden and survivors of allied bombing night and day. Mein vater was boiled in a public fountain by the heat of incendiary bombs dropped by the British. We regret you have nothing to add to our archive. Our work goes on.

Where do Hans and Lotte come from. This topic, as with several others, was discussed to the point of exhaustion several years ago. Hans and Lotte Hotter Email: So glad to have discovered your site.

We have spent many fruitless years researching the unexplained post-war disappearance of SS Panzer Colonel Wilhelm von Bigham. A noted warrior awarded the Iron Cross and Oak Leaves and recognised as a master of disguise. It is unlikely von Bigham still lives. This German patriot, soldier and biologist is not traceable in existing, scanty wartime Wermacht records, most of which were destroyed upon Adolf Hitler's direct orders.

Our information is that the Colonel may have been captured by the British close to the end of hostilities in Europe,, and transported to UK retaining his professional connection with car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.

It is rumoured that von Bigham later set up a neo-Nazi youth force masquerading as British army cadets in the hope of taking over the MacMillan Government in the early s. Insufficient evidence was found to bring about a prosecution, thus the Colonel's annual supply of Mercedes saloons into UK continued unabated. A master of languages, von Bigham cunningly adopted a convincing Glaswegian accent and continued to outwit the authorities.

It has been suggested that he may have been associated with the despotic Dr A R Simpson, high master of a state education institution based on archaic Ancient Greek values, in the Borough of Harrow, Middlesex.

If any former pupils of that era survive, and retain the ability to transcribe words onto the page, we should be grateful for even the tiniest piece of evidence to add to our limited knowledge of this arguably remarkable human being.

You need to be old enough to have been involved with usenet - I'm sure you can't be that old Pete - Mallory Patrol in '62 was it?. Anyway, Godwin's Law postulated that any thread on usenet would sooner or later attract a mention of Hitler or Nazis at which point it would die.

It seemed to me that Bobbie's posting must have struck a similar chord - hence the long delay before activity was resumed. Peter Enry Starns Email: I didn't think any of the previous three comments mentioned the war. And if Keith Atkins is out there, please contact! Well done the last two posters for appearing over the parapet. I really was beginning to think we needed to draft a new extension to Godwin's Law. Does any one else remember this?

Peter Matthew Housego Email: For the record - Frank Tyrrell was buried in woodland near his home on 5 August The following humanist service at The village hall, Fontmell Magna, turned into a serously good wake as stories flowed of his 'diverse' life including his amazing inability to turn up on time, be organised, or remember to take his belongings with him - odd, for an international management consultant.

His love of sport, fine dining and horse racing brought forth many stories as did his escapes from the various NHS hospitals who he thought took too long to decide that he was OK.

Photos of his time at HCS about which he rarely talked were on display and those with his brother Geofff in the cricket First X1 with his brother Goeff who was present caused much ribaldry. We saw him off in style. Interesting to see some of the old faces.

Will be sending in a photograph of the cadet band taken about just prior to it becoming a pipes and drum band. Strange how memories differ, Peter, I have a clear snapshot of you light-heartedly but clearly meaning it addressing a few of us, standing among the packed Lord's Tavern area, unfavourably comparing the way the England players were, their general 'vibe', with that of the Aussies.

In fact, it's one of only two or three such pictures I can recall of that day. But maybe you didn't name anyone in particular. Hey, steady on there, Chris Esmond.

I thought we always agreed! Yes, I did meet and work with Colin Cowdrey and he was delightful. As a thirteen year-old I obtained his autograph in a London hotel when he was on his way to The Oval.

A one hundred per cent gentleman. But that links back to the HCS visit to Lords in as you rightly correct me. His run-up began almost on the rails with Wally Grout, the keeper, standing back about twenty five yards. Davidson exploited the ridge in the pitch at the Nursery End. The match was Peter May's come-back and I think he scored a promising 18 before Davo hit the ridge and took May's outside edge.

I was dismayed pardon the pun. But my admiration for Davidson remains to this day. Very sorry for Michael Clark as I never enjoy seeing the greats being brought down to our level. I strongly suspect England have a world beating team in the making. Give them a top spinner and we shall be there. But retain Moenn as a batsman, top fielder and useful bowler. In reply to the last couple of posts concerning living in Harrow.

In , I married amd my wife moved from her home city of Glasgow to Harrow; we started married life in my flat. A couple of months later, we moved to a house in a road off Pinner View, about half a mile or so behind Pinner Road, where we lived for 17 years. With full retirement for both of us looming on the horizon, we took stock of the position and decided, that as my wife had moved from her country when we married, I would repay the compliment and move to hers!

So we bought a house about three miles north of Dumfries, where we have lived since And from a three bedroom, end of terrace, house in Metroland, we moved to a four bedroom detached house in a private road, which had been built by a local family in The pace of life is completely different,and being a small town everyone knows everyone else. Also, the house being specially built, we've met the electrician who wired it and his sons, one of whom is also an electrician , a cousin of the family who had it built, and a couple of years ago, the son of the builder.

As for traffic, there is a morning-evening rush hour of sorts, which lasts about 20 minutes or as someone defined it - four tractors coming down the bypass at about 4. Our balcony has view straight across to the northern hills of Cumbria, about 25 miles away; farm land starts at the end of the lane and we can hear the sounds of sheep and cattle from time to time.

We can get to Glasgow in 75 mimutes; Gretna Green 25 mins has a excellent factory outlet shopping centre, while Carlisle, also good for shops, is 40 minutes.

Overall, definitely a good move. I've been back to Harrow a few times since the move, mainly for funerals, and on my return, I always say I couldn't live there again! The traffic is appalling and I'd hate to have to park in the area with the parking charges there are no charges in the Dumfries and Galloway county.

And of course there's the increase in population. I'll leave it at that point, as I think anyone reading this will have got the message! Taking up what my contemporary Chris Esmond has written, in my case and no doubt in many others , leaving the LB of Harrow, was simply a question of going where my work took me, first to Buckinghamshire, then Hertfordshire, Surrey and Bristol. I have only been back to the area once in the last odd years, in to attend a funeral of an old friend, who had been at Harrow Weald County and the changes to central Harrow and Wealdstone even then came as a considerable shock.

After another 16 years I expect the changes are even more marked. Rather surprisingly, my childhood home in Stanmore was still there, and looked more or less unchanged, at least when seen from the front. I really have no desire to go back. The past is another country. They do things differently there. Well, Peter, I've been following the Ashes series, actually listening quite regularly to TMS for the first time in years. I guess you're right re Broad and Anderson, although they've played a lot more Tests than those mighty men of earlier times did, haven't they?

I recall that school trip to the Lord's Test, which actually was in '61 and which Bernie Marchant was at, as well as Gethin Bernie distanced himself from the 'hoi polloi', apparently making straight for the Free Seats behind the bowler's arm - no surprise there, he wasn't one for too much informality, just a few minutes in the dressing room after umpiring a Saturday afternoon match seemed more than enough for him - not that I blame him, he did his best. And yes, perhaps my clearest memory of the cricket that day was indeed Davidson's beautifully rhythmic action, coming in from the Nursery End.

That, and, as I've already shared with you, your critical remarks about the public school types in the England team, May and Cowdrey, whose general 'stuffy'-seeming demeanour you compared unfavourably to those seemingly far more 'democratic', less uptight Aussies! I haven't played cricket since I was 41, but I reckon I could 'do a job', batting or bowling or at least enjoy myself if I somehow got a game in some reasonably low-grade affair.

Wouldn't mind a net beforehand though Come to think of it, I guess Harrow always was a pretty boring place, like most of the vast north London suburbia which I couldn't wait to get out of as I approached school leaving time.

That dreary 18 bus ride home, via Wealdstone and Belmont Circle - oh, as Hurree Singh would say, the tediousness of it all was terrific! Occasional bright spots for me were r'n'b nights at the Railway Hotel, Wealdstone, where, risking the wrath of my ultra-conventional father, himself deeply and repressively conditioned by decades in the army "I'm not having a son of mine hanging around street corners" was a commonly heard mantra during my teenage years I briefly entered another world, once even seeing The Who as, I think, 'The High Numbers' before they hit the big time.

Then there were occasional Saturday nights at Harrow Tech, the general strategy being to down a couple of pints beforehand, to be able to approach the situation with at least minimal confidence And other forays into much more obscure, dimly lit venues, where some local community group were putting on 'dances', usually a means whereby one hung around doing not a lot, until near the end, where you somehow got hold of some ok-looking girl for the last, always slow, number, hoping for a quick snog and a phone number to call for the back row of the cinema the next weekend.

Apart from that, my top venue for pleasure, from January '60, was Wealdstone FC, who played - and very well, to crowds - at the Lower Mead ground, behind the Dominion cinema both now long gone, I noticed, last time I was in the area, back in '91,as a temp.

As for the surrounding suburban sprawl, well, I knew early on I didn't want to be part of that, although later I realised that for my parents' generation living there was a welcome 'reward' for having endured the hardships of their times, particularly, of course, the war. What was well-deserved residential 'peace and quiet' for them was unutterable boredom for me, and most I knew and would meet later on. Now, I treasure similar conditions of quiet, but feel I've earned it in my own way, not least through having lived in and around Camden Town and Portobello Road for most of the last odd years, until very recently moving into the Highgate area.

Well, I'm nearly 68, after all Amused but not especially surprised by Chris Esmond's reported finding on Harrow. When occasionally trolling through the entries in this guestbook I have always noted that the writers often appear to have gone to live in far-off places. Witness two recent comments from Canada. Does this not especially scientific evidence suggest something?

Personally, I have only been back to Harrow once since living there. And that's once in a lot of years. Maybe my emigration from the North did not help but, on reaching Harrow as a young teenager, I swiftly regarded it as a crummy place without a centre, history or character. I do not count Harrow on the Hill as that was always loftily unconnected and living in an elitist world of its own.

Indeed, does any former HCS inmate sill live in Harrow or did all flee? Perhaps they would care to comment. In passing, have any HCS cricketers been following the current Ashes contest? Earlier, Chris Broad took 8 Aussie wickets for 15 runs on the first morning. Michael Vaughan on TMS talked about schoolboy bowling figures.

I recall my own 7 for 12 against Wallington Grammar School, in or 3. True schoolboy stuff but, by the same token, mere kids' stuff compared to the Tests and Broad's triumph. I believe he has one wicket to go to equal the great Fred Trueman of our era. My eyes were rivetted on three fast bowlers.

I can see them now. Surely, their modern counterparts, Broad and Anderson, are in their esteemed league. And still have time for more. Any HCS cricketers out there?

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