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Neale Backhouse '46- '51. | neale70~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
Hi Mike
To Facebook or not to Facebook? How many of us I wonder now find ourselves, through the insistence of one of our eager offspring, catapulted into this frenetic outburst of 21st century technology? I hadn't realised how many people I know or who suggest they know me. A few of these people would even like to be my friend! And then there are the pictures. In some cases in the hundreds! I feel I have dived into the shallow end of the swimming pool and there is just no room to swim even a couple of strokes. Whatever happened to sitting quietly with a good book but I gather that even that time honoured pleasure might be under attack from the electronic zealots who would have us reading from I Pods (or whatever) and then announce it on Facebook!
Brave New World!
Fri 14-Oct-2011 20:53 - Victoria BC, Canada
Once again, the Guestbook has suffered a failure - but I've at least been able to restore it.

Basicaly the Guestbook was bombarded with empty entries, adding a huge amount of junk to the data file.

Unfortunately, the existing software (which I didn't write) is very vulnerable to this sort of thing. So I'm looking around for a reliable solution.
Mon 19-Sep-2011 11:43
Neale Backhouse '46- '51. | neale70~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
Hi Mike

I feel I have intruded enough on the celebrity of Professor Erickson but I still can't account for my long held memory of him at the school. After all if he had already left in 1946 why would I even recall his name.

Thanks Clouston for identifying another face in the picture, even though the face in question remains elusive. I think I see Desmond Hubb and Graham Duncan in the group but I'll leave that for someone else to confirm.

Now Ed, the girls in fact do have their own site but there is not much going on there.They are probably all too busy organizing their households and their husbands, to get involved.
Tue 16-Aug-2011 18:48 - Victoria BC, Canada
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
As ever, Mike, thank you for your prompt and informative response.

We will, as you suggest, watch this space.
Sat 13-Aug-2011 18:40 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
A message for Mike (and for all other interested paries)

Having re-read your update on the school improvemnets I noticed that at the end you had a "watch this space" item concerning the 75th anniversary celebrations.

I was wondering if you knew if this event/these events may be open to former pupils/students - ie us lot?

If so, I'm sure that many(?) would be prepared to make the effort to attend.

Just a thought
Sat 13-Aug-2011 16:30 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire

From Mike T:   Bruce ... I think a lot of Old Boys (and Girls) are likely to want to go, and my understanding is that there will almost certainly be an event for former pupils, to include a show-around and an evening celebration (a dinner-dance in the hall has been suggested).

I'd hoped that there might have been a bit more information before the end of the term, but it's a very hectic time for the school.

I'm expecting to have a meeting at the school in mid-September when more information should become available.

The actual event(s) are likely to be towards the end of November, and will probably have to be a ticket affair to allow control of numbers.

I've already started printing off some of the old panoramic photos, as well as some form photos, for an "archive exhibit" and maybe a call in the Shields Gazette for further memorabilia might elicit further material.

But, at least in terms of details, I'm afraid it's still "watch this space".
clouston chalmers | clouston1~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
Hi Neale, I recognised Magnus Black on that pic. next to Ollie Davidson.
A bunch of us from Cleadon Park Juniors went the H.S. in 1941.
Ronnie Hunter was one, and unfortunately passed away last week here in B.C.
Earle Stobart..Ollie Owens..Freddie Pattison..Colin Cook..Ernie Cajo..Len Travis..? Bohil..Dougie Atkinson..
We are all 81 this year , and surprisingly to "some" we can still manage a round of golf.
Fri 12-Aug-2011 21:33 - cranbrook bc canada
Ed Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
This is the old boys.girls & teachers guest book,yet I believe I've only seen one contribution by a teacher & none from the girls, come on you lot don't be shy, the old boys don't bite.
My sister attended the girls high school 1935 to 1941, perhaps I can persuade her to make a few comments.
Sun 7-Aug-2011 16:58 - PEI
Neale Backhouse '46- '51. | neale70~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
Hi Mike
Since we are talking time lines, here's one on which I hope the '46er group might shed some light. Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm(almost) convinced that we sat in first year assembly listening to John Erickson (later Professor John Erickson) read the morning lesson in his masterly manner. This would place John in Sixth, or remove, in 1946.

Your "famous old boys" feature has John leaving the school in 1946 and yet when I look at the picture of the '47 to'48 sixth, is that not John on the extreme right of the second row (incidently between Tommy Simpson,third row, and Oly Davidson,front row)? I realise I might be right out to lunch on this one but, if not John, then maybe one of the '46ers (or before) might be able to identify the man in question. Cheers, Neale.
Tue 2-Aug-2011 03:18 - Victoria BC, Canada

From Mike T:   Neale ... the information I had for John Erickson came from various newspaper obituaries and other online and published biographies.

The information was that he gained his scholarship in 1946, but left to do his National Service in the Intelligence Corps, from 1946 to 1949, before taking up his place.

It's possible that the photo is mis-dated, but there's an additional conflict in that, since he was born in April 1929, he wouldn't have been elligible for National Service until 1947.

So something is wrong somewhere!
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Post hoc ergo procter hoc! Changed the date indeed, Ed.

My "nonagerian" slip-up was a typing error, not one of spelling at which I was pritty goud at schoul.
Sat 30-Jul-2011 20:09 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire
Ed Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
How do I respond?
1942-1937 = 5, also nonagenarian is the correct spelling, I'm afraid your math & spelling leaves a lot to be desired.
I recall when my kids were at school, my son boasted that he was doing sums,my daughter said "sums are easy wait 'til you do take aways.
I must confess, I've changed the date.
From the best spot in Canada, Ed.
Sat 30-Jul-2011 19:52 - PEI Canada

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