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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
Alex Patterson, 46 - 51, VUA | ad1935ap~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi Mike,
It's 11:55 pm on Christmas Day so I guess it still counts as a Christmas greeting. We moved to Toronto from Montreal in August and it's been hectic ever since, hence my lack of input. I hope you all have had a Merry Christmas and that all will enjoy a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year, Regards from a clear and cool (-7C) Victoria Harbour,
Alex
Mon 26-Dec-2016 05:01 - Toronto, Ontario
Neale Backhouse | nealebackh~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi Mike
It seems such a short time ago that I was sending you Christmas Greetings.The years seem to be passing quicker than ever!
I can share with Bruce his occasional memory lapses. It's annoying when I can see before me the face of an old acquaintance but can't remember their name. liz and I often play games at recalling the name of some celebrity. The the one who comes up first with the answer leaves the other squirming until the name is revealed. Sad to say it's the same with words I can be in mid-sentence when the word I am looking for remains just out of reach I can just hear Charlie Constable (bless his heart) commenting "His vocabulary still needs attention."
I do hope that you and everyone out there are keeping well.
Best wishes to all in good old "Brexit" England!
Sun 25-Dec-2016 00:20 - Victoria BC Canada
Bryan Cooper | bryglen~AT~bryancooper~DOT~wanadoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Just read the posts about Lincoln Road. Isn't that a fair step from Harton Juniors? I would have thought Horsley Hill or Thornholme, would have been closer, or did they not exist then?
Wed 21-Dec-2016 22:51 - North Wales
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Thanks Alan - very well remembered!

Looking back at the conversation of 5 years ago it was almost word for word the same as the more recent text.

I am reminded of the title of the autobiography of Duff Cooper - "Old Men Forget"(taken from Henry V)
Tue 13-Dec-2016 16:38 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire

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