First days at school

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Post by J.R. » Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:00 pm

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marty wrote:In my day you weren't even allowed to speak unless your leg was falling off,............. And youngsters these days say they have it tough!
and when did you leave? We didn't even have access to phones.

As for the leg business I got into sh.tstreet one night. On parade into dining hall I felt a stone and a mass of slime in my shoe and asked permission to fall out. Request refused. In dining hall I removed the offending shoe to pour out the accumulated liquid - it took a fork to lever out the length of broken glass.

A few days later I got hauled into Mr Jones' (Prep A) office and given merry hell for getting my socks so dirty - I had been reported by matron. Treatment - you must be joking, but at least I didn't get beaten for that offence. The scar is about an inch and a half long even now.
Surely, if you left in '61, you had access to the phone in the corridor alongside the prep tables in the dining hall ?

Have to confirm that Mr Jones of Prep A was one scary b*gger ! Thankfully, I never got on the wrong side of him in my Prep B days !
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Post by sejintenej » Sat Aug 19, 2006 8:29 pm

J.R. wrote:Surely, if you left in '61, you had access to the phone in the corridor alongside the prep tables in the dining hall ?

Have to confirm that Mr Jones of Prep A was one scary b*gger ! Thankfully, I never got on the wrong side of him in my Prep B days !
I may have left in 1961 but the event was in 1952 when I was in Prep A. No phones then - and I never even knew there was a phone there even later. Being in Col A we never had reason to go to the other end of the dining hall. As for Mr Jones see my post today about apologies regarding him and his inability to speak a "proper" language!
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Post by englishangel » Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:33 am

I think we got a phone at Hertford in about 1969 when there was a postal strike.

Itt didn't help me though as we didn't have a phone at home until 1975, after I had graduated from university and got married.
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Post by J.R. » Sun Aug 20, 2006 1:44 pm

If Graham Alexander Bell invented the very FIRST telephone, who did he ring ?
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Post by englishangel » Sun Aug 20, 2006 1:59 pm

His butler.
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Post by J.R. » Sun Aug 20, 2006 2:08 pm

englishangel wrote:His butler.
..... but his butler wouldn't have had a phone if GAB had only invented the FIRST phone at that time !
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Post by englishangel » Sun Aug 20, 2006 3:19 pm

he built two and put one in the next room, then called his butler on it.
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Post by Jeeves » Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:20 pm

J.R. wrote:If Graham Alexander Bell invented the very FIRST telephone, who did he ring ?
Antonio Meucci (1808-1896) or Philipp Reis (1834-1874) are considered to be the inventors of the first telephone. Bell patented the phone in 1876.

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Post by J.R. » Sun Aug 20, 2006 10:42 pm

Arr !

But did they get plagued by cold callers trying to seel life insurance and double glazing ?
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Post by englishangel » Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:44 am

J.R. wrote:Arr !

But did they get plagued by cold callers trying to seel life insurance and double glazing ?
http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/

Try this it really works.
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Post by Jeeves » Mon Aug 21, 2006 10:50 am

J.R. wrote:Arr !

But did they get plagued by cold callers trying to seel life insurance and double glazing ?
They were lucky, they couldn't hear the cold callers due to all the white noise and distortion!

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Post by J.R. » Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:15 pm

Jeeves wrote:
J.R. wrote:Arr !

But did they get plagued by cold callers trying to seel life insurance and double glazing ?
They were lucky, they couldn't hear the cold callers due to all the white noise and distortion!
I thought that was banned under the Geneva Convention, although it worked well in Northern Ireland until the Human Rights people found out !
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Post by Rory » Tue Aug 22, 2006 4:34 am

White Noise (the film) should be banned - I can't stand Michael Keaton.

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Post by J.R. » Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:03 pm

Rory wrote:White Noise (the film) should be banned - I can't stand Michael Keaton.
I thought he was brilliant in Lord Luvvy Attenborough's film 'Chaplin' !
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Post by Andy Friend » Sat Sep 02, 2006 10:12 pm

Great Plum wrote:The pay phone in Maine A was very close to my study (my study was a curious little room on the ground floor)

A dep used to phone his girlfriend at about 2.30 in the morning and she used to phone back - it got to the stage where I used to leave the phone off the hook once I went to bed...)
Quit moaning - my study was next door to that room........

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