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Post by eloisec » Fri Mar 04, 2005 2:38 pm

he used to wear terrible bow ties ...
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Post by jtaylor » Fri Mar 04, 2005 6:49 pm

Ian Torkington - "Come on, make a move" - which was replied to by the whole dormitory moving one leg in sync.....most amusing at the time!

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Post by Lamma looker » Sat Mar 05, 2005 2:10 am

All this personal service in the mornings, how things have changed. In my day (apologies for sounding like an old w*nker) one man woke the whole school; Sgt Usher ringing the Big School bell at 5 to 7.
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Post by DavebytheSea » Sun Mar 06, 2005 9:14 pm

My God! I thought that it was the ringing of Bid School Bell that still woke everyone up! I have been trying to train Jonathan to respond to the distant ringing of a bell as a wake up call in preparation for next September but without too much success! I needn't have bothered if I knew he was to be gently aroused by pretty matrons and such like! It all sounds rather soft to me!

Sgt Usher - "Tush" - ruled our lives. He it was who woke the whole school; he who came round the classes with the attendance registers and notices (his "'ave you got Dyer 'ere" was a classic and on one occasion so enraged Sam Sargent - a frenchman with little understanding of the cockney veranacular - that he ordered Usher out); he who ran the lunch time punishment drills where he forced us to parade "at the double" around the asphalt in full housey; and he who called the whole school to attention at dinner parade (a function now performed by the band). Sgt Usher in his dark blue uniform may have been short of stature, but he was much feared.
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Post by Laura M » Mon Mar 07, 2005 9:12 am

Fenix4500 wrote:I had similar situations Jenny, b day, got really REALLY drunk and ended up getting bundled and all my stuff emptyed all over me (it was half term as i recall)
Actually Matt it was the last day of Lent term, and I had warned you this was going to happen the night before!!!
Jenny I'm sorry about that, but no doubt now you are enjoying being able to sleep in as much as you like!!! (It was rather embarrassing when our period 1 history classes consisted of me and Jean!!)
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Post by Nyort » Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:41 pm

Mr Chandler - 7.15, time to get up!

Everyone in unison - Sir, its actually 7.10.

I remember one morning, Mr Chandler was very dippy, and came and woke us all up at 6.15, thinking it was 7.15!

After that, we lost all respect we had for him.

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Post by Jobaker » Sat Oct 22, 2005 10:37 pm

I was never a good sleeper and I would always be up and dressed before the rising bell. I would often be downstairs in the common room, giving matron and Mrs Buckman the fright of their life when they did their rounds!!! :lol:

I actually really enjoyed the hour of peace and quiet on my own downstairs before anyone else surfaced!

On my Grecians I suffered from pretty bad insomnia and got an average of about 3 hours sleep a night. I would quite often be up in my study at 4am doing physics prep. to get my brain 'warmed up' for the day lol

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Post by Mary Clare » Sun Oct 23, 2005 12:27 am

I always got up early, especially on my juniors, and went to.... Breakfast Club!! It was the best...
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Post by palgsm93 » Sun Oct 23, 2005 2:22 pm

Mary Clare wrote:I always got up early, especially on my juniors, and went to.... Breakfast Club!! It was the best...
I always thought of it as the Matthew Holdsworth club!

It was an honour to take over his downstairs study in Maine A, all that tea and coffee :D

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Post by Mary Clare » Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:37 pm

Well you see, there were many breakfast clubs.. the 'Matthew Holdsworth' or Maine A one... And then there were the splinter groups... The one I regularly went to after Matt left was led by Mark and Mel, with other regulars such as Kate Atkinson (oh the honour of breakfasting with the SG on your LE!)
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Post by jtaylor » Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:38 pm

Breakfast club?? Not something that I'm aware of from my day....
What did it involve?

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Post by Mary Clare » Mon Oct 24, 2005 1:26 am

Well yeah... Eating breakfast... I think it was always at 7.15, right at the start of brekkie.... Talked about stuff.... Waffle eating competitions...
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Post by Richard Ruck » Mon Oct 24, 2005 9:59 am

Well, I sometimes used to get up early to go for a fag before breakfast.

It WAS quite nice to have the place to yourself for a while.
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Post by huntertitus » Thu Oct 27, 2005 11:08 pm

All I recall about being woken in Barnes B by "B****r" Johnson (an unfair nickname as I know he was not a b****r, just a kind old fellow who couldn't bring himself to beat boys hard like the other teachers did) was that he used to say "Show a leg, show a leg, show a leg" which I believe came from the Royal Navy to find out if sailors had a whore in bed with them.

I don't know if he ever found a whore in the junior house dorm, perhaps he lived in hope.

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Post by Rory » Fri Oct 28, 2005 2:01 am

I thought he'd say "shake a leg".
And he did whack us - although it has to be said he would let you go and find a gym shoe so you would find the smallest possible....
Have to mention a couple of other things from this thread.
Thanks first to the inspired Q&A - what does a breakfast club do?
Answer - eat breakfast. Brilliant.
On slang - yer mum - I never used that at school - but its rife in the City.
I'm trying to introduce it over here "ni de ma" or a much more heavy version "wo tsao ni ma"
Then - Torkington - I remember his beard - a major disaster - and his car???? one of those old SAAB's that no-one (except him) would ever buy.
And the day he showed the boys in Barnes B how to shower naked.....
The whole house came down to check him out.
Matrons - whatever happened to Mrs Van Alphen ?????????????????
And finally - I've read a few mentions of the great Brian Cunningham...
Dodgy beard - but I was one of the first to study Russian as it was introduced as a new option and I didnt fancy doing German.
BC inspired a lifelong love of the language and literature that endures to this day - even if I ended up in China. He was a very good teacher and I am really grateful.

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