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Michael Lawrenson 1946 | lawrenson~AT~hollyburn~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Hi Mike –

Could I go back to pens for a moment? I’ve just sought out an old autograph book I kept years ago. I seem to remember that there was a craze for collecting autographs and I managed to cop over twenty signatures from staff at the High School. They’re all in ink excepting for Basher Grey who was obviously using one of those newfangled Biro pens – remember how the early models tended to produce blotchy writing?

Neale is really delving into Harton prehistory! I’m a bit vague about the abacus boards with their beads but I can remember the furniture in glorious Technicolor and the slates. My experience with slates wasn’t good. I can recall having difficulties in writing the letter ‘s’ as I kept doing it backwards and very elongated. Things got a little fraught (and that’s putting it mildly) and I was hauled off to see the head teacher, Miss Davis, along with my slate and a piece of chalk. But all ended well and after a few minutes’ individual tuition I emerged having mastered the necessary squiggles to produce the letter ‘s’. My other disappointment at Harton was on the occasion we were all let loose in the hall with musical instruments. I had wanted to play a drum but they went to the bigger boys and as I was slightly built I was really miffed when I was given a triangle.
Mon 20-Sep-2010 13:51 - Scotland
Alex Patterson, VUA, 1946 - 1951 | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
I can't let Eric's comments to go unchallenged. It is a well known fact that Newcastle's first foreign player was Jacques de Milbourne. When he was taken to the training ground on his first day at the club he asked the manager, Stan Seymour, who the other players were. The manager replied, "Whey man, thems the Lads"
Jacques thought for a moment, "Aah! Oui!! the Lads...Aah! Oui!! the Lads"
Apocryphally Yours from a sunny and warm (20 C) Montreal
Alex Patterson
Mon 20-Sep-2010 13:27 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Neale Backhouse '46- '51. | neale70~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
Although I must admit to feeling mummified on occasion Alex, I don't recall the papyrus, even though Liz insists we have lived many lifetimes. In fact I only vaguely recall chalk and slate board. What I do recall however about Infant School (Harton, that is)are the abacuses (abaci?) with their multi coloured beads. In fact the whole classroom was multi coloured,table tops and chairs and marvelously co-educational. I say that because I remember kissing a little red haired girl against her will (which unfortunately was my lot for many years to come). In fact I remember her name but musn't mention it, because her horror at the time may take on an added dimension if by some odd chance she may hear of this admission.
Mon 20-Sep-2010 02:50 - Victoria BC, Canada
Ed. Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
I think it was Pan Headley who gave the elocution lessons trying to get some of the Geordie - to no avail in my case - out of us.
The ha'way comment reminded me when watching Newcastle at St James, Jackie Milburn when only about 16 was tackled severely, a wag in the crowd shouted " hirrim wi ya han'bag jackie "
Sun 19-Sep-2010 12:39 - Sunny PEI
Eric Moyse 1946 to 1953 | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
Ha'way the Lads
Alex is not going to like this. I have always been intrigued by this slogan, which is shared by Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC. Alex brings in what is for me a new spelling "howway " but Newcastle spell it "howay" while Sunderland spell it "ha'way. " The latter is clearly correct as the expression is a contraction of "have way " being the opposite of "give way." Is this one nil to Sunderland on a disputed penalty?. Anyway Falcons would never make such a blunder and Westa (who are doing brilliantly these days) can't read or write anyway.
Sun 19-Sep-2010 10:03 - Pedants' Corner, Reading, Berkshire.
Alex Patterson, VUA, 1946-1951 | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
Hello again Alan,
Sorry I put an extra 'l' in your name...I was too excited at having watched Newcastle's win at Everton. Howway the Lads
Regards from Montreal
Alex Patterson
Sat 18-Sep-2010 17:21 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alex Patterson, VUA, 1946-1951 | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
Hello Allan,
Of course Neale and I remember slates and chalk, they came in just after we'd mastered papyrus.
Regards from a sunny, warm (21 C) Montreal
Alex Patterson
Sat 18-Sep-2010 17:17 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alan Whittaker (53-59) | alan~AT~whittaker4000~DOT~fsnet~DOT~co~DOT~uk
The pen shop you mentioned was called T&G Allens,it was opposite M&S on King St.I got my first Platignum fountain pen there in 1953.I remember the school issue 'dip' type pens with the orange shaft from Harton Juniors where you became one of the elite if you were chosen to be an ink monitor responsible for mixing the ink powder with water and filling the inkwells on each desk!
Going back further,does anyone remember the slates we used in the Infant school for our early attempts at writing?
Fri 17-Sep-2010 15:30 - Somerset
Neale Backhouse '46- '51. | neale70~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
Still on pens. I remember my first Christmas at the school. A present from my parents was a beautiful gold-nibbed fountain pen, which sent me into the new year with renewed hope after less than spectacular results in the pre-Christmas exams. I was hanging onto my position in the A form by the skin of my teeth, after having been promoted from the B form after the first half term. My new found optimism was shattered when my newly prized possession went missing after only about a week. I reported my loss to Miss Nichols at the school office and I must have started to blubber because I recall her saying "Don't be upset" Must have been the feminine touch that did it. I remember retracing my steps to various classrooms hoping that someone(ha ha) may have found it. One room was occupied by a sixth form class and (of course) they all proceeded to wave their fountain pens in the air. Over the next five years many pens of various types followed but none had the cachet of that first gold-nibbed beauty. Sounds like an Aztec princess. That's another story (I wish). Not a word to Liz!
Mon 13-Sep-2010 00:43 - Victoria BC, Canada
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Pens, what memories!

The chewable variety were primarily from junior shool in my memory, with ink wells being filled daily. Certainly when I went to "our" school I was equipped with a fountain pen and this was gradually upgraded over the years. There was a lovely shop on King St, whose name I forget, which specialised in these deirable items.

However, do you remember the smell of those fist Biros? You can't possibly descibe smells but it was so evocative of that time. A bit like the time when the blackout was lifted at the end of the second world war and boys like me who had existed in total darkness outside the home after sundown suddenly saw light shining through coloured curtains.

By the way, Dawkins and Hitchens are spot on!
Sun 12-Sep-2010 20:13 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire

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