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Post by DavebytheSea » Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:38 pm

I think this is a picture of Pongo Littlefield as I remember him circa 1950. I've no idea who the VIP is conducting the inspection though.

Pongo Littlefield headed up the RAF section of the CCF, but he was also Deputy Hall Warden to Noel "Sam" Sargent, a Frenchman who saw out the war years as housemaster of Peele A.

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Post by Scone Lover » Thu Oct 26, 2006 7:13 pm

I seem to remember Mr Lorrimer also being known as Osram.

It had something to do with the receeding hair line and the beard he had grown making him look as if he would look the same which ever way his head was set.

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Post by richardb » Thu Oct 26, 2006 9:07 pm

Ruthie-Baby wrote:Pinky was the nickname of a teacher who had been there years but left in the mid-90s, just can't remember his name. Think he taught in the prep block in my day.
"Pinky" Palmer ?

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Post by Mid A 15 » Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:06 pm

Scone Lover wrote:I seem to remember Mr Lorrimer also being known as Osram.

It had something to do with the receeding hair line and the beard he had grown making him look as if he would look the same which ever way his head was set.
Correct. He was also known as Osram although "Nog" was the more generally used nickname.

My understanding of the reasoning behind Osram (who were (?are) light bulb manufacturers) was that the light used to reflect off of his head making it look like a light bulb!
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Post by BTaylor » Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:14 pm

richardb wrote:
Ruthie-Baby wrote:Pinky was the nickname of a teacher who had been there years but left in the mid-90s, just can't remember his name. Think he taught in the prep block in my day.
"Pinky" Palmer ?
'Pinky' Wright I would suggest

'Hemel' Hempstead and 'Hammer' Alexander also come to mind.
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Post by cj » Fri Oct 27, 2006 4:17 pm

Scone Lover wrote:I sabotaged Mr Fry's gavel so that when he called for grace, it flew off and smacked a passing kitchen worker on the head. Ooops. Sorry Mr Fry but you really didn't have much of a sense of humour
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He obviously found the offending missile as he was waving it around when I was there. I had him for Biology and he was lovely. Does the moniker "Killer" stem from his time in the Marines/Paras?
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Post by Ruthie-Baby(old a/c) » Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:38 pm

BTaylor wrote:
richardb wrote:
Ruthie-Baby wrote:Pinky was the nickname of a teacher who had been there years but left in the mid-90s, just can't remember his name. Think he taught in the prep block in my day.
"Pinky" Palmer ?
'Pinky' Wright I would suggest

'Hemel' Hempstead and 'Hammer' Alexander also come to mind.
Yes, "Pinky" Wright, that's the one. Lovely bloke, taught me on my squits but don't remember which subject.
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Post by JamesF35 » Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:03 pm

Most definitely "Pinky" Palmer in our day. I think it came from the fact that he had blonde hair and was perceived as being slightly effeminate. He was married however and I don't think he was particularly camp so it was probably a bit unfair - but then, in those days, simply having blonde hair was enough to be thought of as a poof !

I think he was a MidB house tutor (despite living in the MidA flat) so Mr. Ruck would probably be able to provide full details.


By the way, do those flats at the back of the houses, next to the quiet room, still exist ? Does the quiet room even still exist ?

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Post by Richard Ruck » Sat Oct 28, 2006 11:31 am

Pinky used to coach the 3rd XV, and generally wore a tracksuit which had pink stripes running down it. This may have been the origin of the nickname.

I remember him living in the Mid.A flat - whether or not he was married at the time I'm not sure. He did usually have a female companion living with him, always referred to as "Mrs. Palmer" but I don't think it was always the same person..........
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Post by Scone Lover » Sat Oct 28, 2006 5:12 pm

Pinky Palmer married? I am pretty sure he wasn't up to 1978. Didn't he make sure the younger deputy house matrons were happy at the school. I just wish I could remember who was our other deputy house master / tutor. Richard thinks it might be Mr Stratten but I would love to get the definitive answer.

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"No"

That was a typical pinky convo.

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Post by Richard Ruck » Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:34 am

Scone Lover wrote:Pinky Palmer married? I am pretty sure he wasn't up to 1978. Didn't he make sure the younger deputy house matrons were happy at the school. I just wish I could remember who was our other deputy house master / tutor. Richard thinks it might be Mr Stratten but I would love to get the definitive answer.

What do you think of "Yes" Sir?
"No"

That was a typical pinky convo.
Keith Stratton was a house tutor at some point, as was Ratty James.

In my last term (Michaelmas 1978) the housemaster was Nick Jones and the tutors were Mike Williams and Bill Avenell - a very young team at the time.
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Post by cj » Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:21 am

Mike Williams was in charge of Mid A by the time of the merger, and Bill Avenell and his wife took over Col B when the girls arrived.
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Post by Scone Lover » Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:31 am

Okay Richard, this is driving me nuts..........
What happened to Ubi? I leave the school and he is our housemaster, then the next year he isn't anymore!
And what the hell was my arch nemesis Mr Plumley doing at Mid B ?????

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Post by Scone Lover » Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:35 am

Good god, Ratty James, I had forgotten all about him. A very strange man, I got on with him well outside the class room. In it, he turned into Attila the Hun

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Post by loringa » Wed Nov 01, 2006 8:11 am

Scone Lover wrote:Pinky Palmer married? I am pretty sure he wasn't up to 1978.
Pinky Palmer taught me English in the GE in 77 / 78; I've got a feeling he went through a rather painful divorce soon after so he must have got married before then. I'm not sure I ever had much in common with him but he was an outstanding teacher.

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