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Eric Moyse (1946 to 1953)
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I wondered who had left them. The sun cream was a bit sticky but the glasses are fine.
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Fri 30-Jun-2017 10:20 - Reading Berkshire
Alex Patterson 1946-51 VUA | ad1935ap~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hello Eric,
While you were in Mallorca, did you happen to find a pair of sunglasses and a tube of Ambre Solaire. We left them on the beach on our honeymoon 57 years ago. You never know!!
Regards and best wishes from a cool but sunny North York, Ontario
Alex
Tue 27-Jun-2017 15:04 - North York, Ontario, Canada
Eric Moyse (1946 to 1953) | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
Seventy years ago as a scout in the School troop I learned how to do some knots. When sailing in Mallorca last week I used a sheepshank in earnest for the very first time. Is this time lag a record? (I have a photo to prove it if it is possible to send photos with these contributions.)
Mon 5-Jun-2017 16:35 - Reading Berkshire
John Orton | JEOrton~AT~outlook~DOT~com
Just browsing the photos - there's one of 1937/38 entitled swimming with the young lads in swimming costumes and the masters in gowns- if its not a silly question - where did they swim? - the old open air pool was probably still open as was the indoor Derby Street Baths - but if that's the answer did they make them change into cossies just for a snap?
Thu 25-May-2017 17:36 - Portishead
Edward Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
You are so right Bruce, I still have the accent, it's toned down enough so I can be understood. Almost everyone here says "how are you " when meeting someone, reminds me of the "hoo yuh gaan on hinny" & "wos a marra wi you" I think it was Pan Headly who gave speech training & had an awful time.
Sat 11-Feb-2017 12:02 - PEI Canada
Bruce Graham
As Ed Forster has always said that his family says he still sounds as though he has just got off the boat (!!) I wonder how many other old school colleagues have reflected on how their speech has changed over the years.

In my case when I was trying to gain commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force in the mid-60s regional accents were not seen as an advantage so some adjustment was necessary.

In later years my then son-in-law was greatly amused when me mother referred to everyone as "man" - as in "why aye man" et seq.

My (very southern) wife particularly likes the occasional "why yer bugger man".
Fri 10-Feb-2017 21:23
Edward Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
I agree with Alex about the site.
Now that I'm into the second year of my 10th decade I appreciate more & more the use of the computer especially in the winter, communicating with family & friends via e-mails & face book which I had always disliked but now enjoy.
Sun 29-Jan-2017 19:56 - PEI canada
John Orton (1961-68) | john~AT~thedowns43~DOT~fsnet~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Thought that anyone who might remember me, or who lived in Shields during the War might be interested to learn of my new book, Blitz PAMs - the blitz on Shields through the eyes of a 16 year old Police Auxiliary Messenger - (they took messages during air raids, on their bikes and in the black out particularly when the phone lines were down), - it is illustrated with old photos from South Tyneside Historic Images and has an endorsement by John Gray (a famous old boy) who I knew when we were in Charlie Constable's History Boys' set.
Sat 7-Jan-2017 11:20 - Portishead
Alex Patterson, 1946-1951, VUA | ad1935ap~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hello Mike,
Back in my new home in Toronto with all the family around us to see in the New Year. As I write this it'll be 1:45 am in South Shields so I wish a belated Happy New Year to all those still awake and hope that despite Donald Trump, it will a peaceful and uneventful (as if) new year filled with consideration for others, as Geordies always do. I wish that those who read this will join me in thanking Mike for his years of hard work and sterling effort in making this such an enjoyable site in which to participate. I promise that I will contribute more next year than this (one letter!!!)
Lang may yer rum leak (deliberate Spoonerism) and Aaaarabest, from a chilly -7C (-14C windchill) Toronto
Alex
Sun 1-Jan-2017 02:17 - North York, Ontario
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
To clarify the placing of David Phillips in Harton Juniors for Bryan Cooper and it being a longish walk.

David lived in the second house along Lincoln Road and having looked on Googlemaps his home was almost equidistant from the sites of Harton and Horsley Hill. Don't think Thornholme existed then.
Fri 30-Dec-2016 16:55 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire

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