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Re: Bokkers Today

Post by postwarblue » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:33 pm

Re barbers, the one I remember from when I was in the Prep 1946-7 was called the sheep-shearer and operated in the boot room of each house in turn .. until the operation was couthed up and a permanent barbers' shop established in the Court Room annexe.
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Post by NEILL THE NOTORIOUS » Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:18 pm

Postwarblue --- That must be the chap I remember 1940-1946 !

You must be nearly as ancient as I am !!!!! :lol:

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Post by J.R. » Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:33 pm

NEILL THE NOTORIOUS wrote:Postwarblue --- That must be the chap I remember 1940-1946 !

You must be nearly as ancient as I am !!!!! :lol:

Tea-Dance anyone ?? :rock:
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Post by postwarblue » Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:58 pm

Neill you are definitely my revered senior -- I was Prep B 46-7, Col B 47-54. But you might have been the towering figure who gave me an upperite fotch in the Tube when I was in the prep. (You can explain fotch to the wimmin on this forum in case they get the wrong idea ..)
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Re: Bokkers Today

Post by NEILL THE NOTORIOUS » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:21 pm

Re Tea Dances ---

When I was about 10, my Mother, who was a superb Ballroom Dancer, with many Awards, used to take me to Tea Dances, in Bournemouth Pavilion.

This I HATED ! -- :oops:

But when I became 18, I was very grateful ---- How did one meeet Girls ?

At the local "Hop"--- and if you were a good dancer ------ Weyhey !

Nowadays, people gyrate abouy a metre away from each other ------ how can you get a grip on a Girl ?

Postwarblue --- no not I -- in my time (Here we go again ! :oops: ) the Tube was sandbagged off, between Houses --
Not Guilty M'Lud !----- but what were you up to ?-- ( Up to what, were you ? --- Englishangel watches !)

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Post by Gilly6 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:46 pm

I remember the Bokkers being South African when I was there, along with the lovely Jo of course (sighs deeply!), the lads I was friendly with were Mornay and Carl, can't remember any others..

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Post by yamaha » Sat Apr 10, 2010 1:39 am

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No, no, no!

Bockers were people like Jack Hards (oink! oink!) and his assistant Squit Wells.
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Post by yamaha » Sat Apr 10, 2010 3:01 am

There were also - sort of - female bockers like Eadie who covered everything in a foul substance called "Scrim" when she wasn't polishing the floors with a large rotary machine and liberal dollops of viscous crimson wax.

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Post by J.R. » Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:26 pm

yamaha wrote:.
No, no, no!

Bockers were people like Jack Hards (oink! oink!) and his assistant Squit Wells.

WOW !

Those names bring back memories !
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Post by michael scuffil » Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:12 am

I think Hards and Wells worked in the Prep. I remember being regaled by ex-preps (I wasn't one) with tales of their obtuse rusticalities.
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Re: Bokkers Today

Post by theonlyrick » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:38 am

Some of the bokkers were grumpy old men - for some reason not enjoying working on minimum wage, piling out slops to screaming teenagers. It felt like the relationship was based on class - sort of 'upstairs/downstairs'.

Some of the bokkers (like some of the pupils) were actually smart and friendly, but they were in the minority. I remember nearly buying a pearlescent Stratocaster-style electric guitar from one of the bokkers (Simon, with big mane of curly hair).

Bokker wasn't a hate-filled word, but it certainly had negative connotations. In the 90's, getting a cup of tea for a senior boy was called bokkering.

Anyone from my era remember the chef who, due to his scary demeanour, won the enviable nickname of 'Meat Cleaver'?

Or when Fairfield catering added pepper to the rice pudding... After enough people complained, they brought out the emergency supplies of ice cream.

I was back for OBD over the weekend and I couldn't believe it when I saw the head of catering, Mr Blunden. One of the teachers said he's retiring in the next few days, so he's been there at least 15 years.

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Re: Bokkers Today

Post by cj » Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:31 pm

theonlyrick wrote:In the 90's, getting a cup of tea for a senior boy was called bokkering.
We use it in the family as a term for doing household/menial jobs (mostly my domain). Also 'sticking and licking' (a Hertford term) for mass clearing up sessions before Christmas, holidays, spring cleaning etc. and 'klepping' for nicking something/borrowing without asking.
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Post by Great Plum » Sat May 29, 2010 11:17 pm

cj wrote:
theonlyrick wrote:In the 90's, getting a cup of tea for a senior boy was called bokkering.
We use it in the family as a term for doing household/menial jobs (mostly my domain). Also 'sticking and licking' (a Hertford term) for mass clearing up sessions before Christmas, holidays, spring cleaning etc. and 'klepping' for nicking something/borrowing without asking.
Meatcleaver (who was the head chef iirc) was a scary whatsit...
Mike Blunden I think had been head of catering for over 20 years...
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