"Screw Kick!"

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Post by sejintenej » Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:27 pm

englishangel wrote:Don't worry Kay, I am 5'7" and I am 'mini-mum ' too. What do we feed them?

At a family funeral on Tuesday my three and their 2 cousins had an average height of 6' and an average BMI of about 18. Their parents average height is 5'8" with an average BMI of 28.
You sound like a near giant; SWMBO is 5'2" and used to tell Robert "Sit down so that I can hit you" - he did! He was 6'3" whilst my son in law is 6'4" - married to a girl of 5'4".
BTW, our grand daughter of 12 was taller than my wife!

I put it down to all the drugs (so-called vitamins) and chemicals (fluorine for example) they load into the food we eat

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Post by Euterpe13 » Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:14 pm

I'm 5'6" , and the whole family, including enormous offspring, call me " La Naine " ( the dwarf...)!

6'2" son once hung the bathroom cabinet in one of our removals, and had to be told to rehang it as I could not see into the mirror.... enormous laughs all round as he, his sister and father could all see themselves perfectly :x
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Post by J.R. » Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:16 pm

Euterpe13 wrote:I'm 5'6" , and the whole family, including enormous offspring, call me " La Naine " ( the dwarf...)!

6'2" son once hung the bathroom cabinet in one of our removals, and had to be told to rehang it as I could not see into the mirror.... enormous laughs all round as he, his sister and father could all see themselves perfectly :x
Thats happened to us !

Jan is 5 foot and a little bit and I'm 6ft-2" as some of you know !
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Post by EvilAkela » Tue May 27, 2008 10:36 pm

For some reason I ended up as Miss Gravett's messenger. Ones had to do this, one person in maybe 4th or 5th year, and those who played an instrument or played in a school team were let off - I seem to think there was a problem the following year as everyone did one or the other.
I was allowed to leave breakfast early to fetch the list and then rush off to catch people as they came out of breakfast to go and see her.
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Post by fra828 » Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:09 pm

The Hertford swimming pool was unheated and we could only use it in Summer, thank goodness-it was freezing whatever the weather!! I love swimming now, but at school I often tried to get out of it. Nellie Norman - Edwina Currie lookalike- only ever gave me a 'stripe' (?) for breaststroke style. And similarly for games I got my longjump 'standard' and that was about all! I did like tennis, and though I say it myself was quite good. Was disappointed not to get in the school team. Did get the feeling that was because I wasn't good at other games. :?

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Post by Vonny » Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:59 pm

fra828 wrote:I love swimming now, but at school I often tried to get out of it.
Me too - we had Gravvy & she could be quite scary! I remember one term being told that Gravvy wouldn't be teaching us for the whole of that term & we would have Miss Clarrycoats. I was delighted! She was far more of a pushover than Gravvy ever was! :lol:
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Post by fra828 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:57 am

I remember Miss Gravett, Gravvy (I don't think we called her by that nickname then) when she first started, early 70's ,striding across the cricket pitch, she had a kind of peroxide blonde female Rod Stewart haircut at that time! I think she was ok for those who were VERY sporty, otherwise, as you said Vonny, a scary figure! She was very different from Miss (Nellie) Norman who must have been senior PE teacher then- she was more 'old-school' type of mistress, though probably only in her 30s. You couldn't get away with much with Nellie either!

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Post by Vonny » Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:30 pm

fra828 wrote:I think she was ok for those who were VERY sporty, otherwise, as you said Vonny, a scary figure!
That's exactly right! I WAS very sporty but not that good at swimming. She loved me when I was playing rounders, tennis, hockey, athletics etc etc but she was a different person when we had swimming :lol:
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Post by fra828 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:15 pm

Off topic a bit, but does anyone else remember Nellie teaching them Geography in second and third years?

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Post by Jo » Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:13 pm

Yes, I do. Not sure about third year, but certainly in my second year (which I repeated so I had the same thing twice over). South America, Australia/NZ, and Africa.

"What's alfalfa, Lower Four Alpha?" in her inimitable accent is probably apocryphal but I like to imagine that she did actually say it :lol: :lol:
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Post by Angela Woodford » Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:12 pm

Ditto her pronunciation of Hawaii as "Haye - why".

I never heard this myself, but - let it be true!
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Post by fra828 » Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:09 pm

Jo wrote:Yes, I do. Not sure about third year, but certainly in my second year (which I repeated so I had the same thing twice over). South America, Australia/NZ, and Africa.

"What's alfalfa, Lower Four Alpha?" in her inimitable accent is probably apocryphal but I like to imagine that she did actually say it :lol: :lol:
Inimitable accent is so right! Can't place it regionally-maybe Brummie with a definite twist :lol:

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Post by fra828 » Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:40 pm

And I remember the sentence we learnt to remember the Great Lakes: some men hate each other. And the capitals of South American countries- they come to me automatically sometimes when they come up on tv quiz programmes. I definitly preferred Nellie for Geography than for PE!

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Post by Angela Woodford » Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:55 pm

I still remember the exercises we did with Nellie - I can still do them - they needed suppleness and strength! Nellie, at the front of the gym, demonstrated with a firm-muscled determination. Despite being the school fattie, I could do her shoulder roll on the gym mat, but climbing up a rope, no..o...ooo!

I can see the gym layout now - the "horses" ready to be dragged out, and the ropes hooked to the wall side where the bars were. Mats piled up, and the weird smell of the place.
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Post by fra828 » Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:26 am

Angela Woodford wrote:
I can see the gym layout now - the "horses" ready to be dragged out, and the ropes hooked to the wall side where the bars were. Mats piled up, and the weird smell of the place.
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When I used to go to aerobics classes a few years ago, there were the mats piled up there also, CH- like! I never liked vaulting, or trying to vault!- :lol: over the 'horses' or climbing ropes and bars either. Am trying to remember if there were any other PE teachers as well as Nellie in the late 60's; I think Miss Gravett started in the early 70's didn't she?

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