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My condolences; that was one job we didn't have when I was a swab or trades mon only a few years before you. In fact I don't think the monitors ever had fires litColeridgeA40 wrote:I remember as a swab in Col A having occasionally to do coal duty - one went down the tube to the coal hole and loaded scuttle from the heap, sometimes you had to bash the big bits with a pick-axe to get the smaller bits off, then you lugged the scuttle to the dumb waiter and put it on the platform. The other swab would haul it up and take it to Kit Aitken or the other other housemaster's study ( being very careful not to make a mess on the carpet) and also to take scuttles to the two studies at the end of the dayroom for the house captain and his deputy ( in my day that was Paddington & Hiner). Was it easier to load in the tube, or carry to the studies?
My first year I was swab to Laucefield (Trades Monitor) and my second to Robbins (Second Monitor), who had a study, the same that I later had, and for whom I had to make a fire in the Michaelmas term, ensure he had bread for his toast (which he toasted with a fork made in the Manual School), and clean out the fire.sejintenej wrote:My condolences; that was one job we didn't have when I was a swab or trades mon only a few years before you. In fact I don't think the monitors ever had fires lit
Hmmm. Curious. I was in Col A at almost exactly the same time as sejintenej, and I remember nothing of coal carrying in my early years. However, I do think the two studies had their fires lit. Certainly, when, in later years, I occupied one myself, I would enjoy a roaring fire on cold winter's days. We had a large carefully shaped sheet of metal with a handle, which could be held in front of the grate to create a forced draught. That got the fire going quickly and fiercely, and it could be almost too hot to squeeze past the fireplace and get out of the study door. Traditionally, each year's occupant of the study would burn his initials into the wood of the study door in pokerwork. I saw my own initials still there years afterwards, just before one of the big refurbishments.sejintenej wrote:In fact I don't think the monitors ever had fires lit
Hello Robin Wild! I'm a bit disturbed to think that I might have influenced anybody's literary tastes. My ignorance and insensitivity was monumental in those days (and I can't claim much improvement since).ColeridgeA40 wrote:... you used to read to us brats in the Junior Dorm before lights out - each monitor would read on a different night. You introduced me to books I still have, and I'm sure I have a photo of you in The Pirates of Penzance (unscanned as yet) performed by Col A at the Prep Hall.
Just looked at the photos of the band 1962 and actually recognise people. P Ledeboer on bass drum, Noel Abel and Paul Barnes on trombone (second row of trombones, (they both went on to play in the NYO)), and the top of my head.eucsgmrc wrote: I also have a few photos, which you'll find in this set of pictures:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jandsw/se ... 099253537/
Ah yes. Gerald Kersh. A debased taste, and not very suitable for 11-year-olds. I think I discovered him because Kit Aitken had read us those books in earlier years, but I may have misremembered that. Certainly there were several volumes of Gerald Kersh among the "house library" books that were kept on top of the dayroom lockers.ColeridgeA40 wrote:... You read us short stories like "Ali the terrible turk" a one eyed wrestler, and "Neither man nor Dog".
A third possibility exists: you now realise you have more in common than you imagined, therefore he cannot possibly have been lowbrow and unimaginative!eucsgmrc wrote: So, if it really was Kit who put me on to Gerald Kersh, it leaves the question: was Kit lowbrow and unimaginative, as I thought then? Or was he far more discerning and thoughtful, as I now suspect?
Well, let me consider what I have in common with Kit.Ajarn Philip wrote:A third possibility exists: you now realise you have more in common than you imagined ...