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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
Alan Whittaker (53-59) | alan~AT~whittaker4000~DOT~fsnet~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi Bruce,
Just for a laugh have a look at page 20 of the guest book where we covered the Talbot Rd/Lincoln Rd topic 5yrs ago in Dec11!
Tue 13-Dec-2016 11:24
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Oops - (another) senior moment!!

No idea where Talbot Rd came from. Make that Lincoln Road.
Mon 12-Dec-2016 16:25 - Ruskington Lincolnshire
Alan Whittaker (53-59) | alan~AT~whittaker4000~DOT~fsnet~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi Bruce,
Your friend David Phillips must have had a very difficult journey to Harton Juniors each day if he lived in Talbot Rd!
Mon 12-Dec-2016 16:04
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I noticed in the list of Birthdays published yesterday in the Daily Telegraph that it was the 77th birthday of Professor David Phillips - one of our Famous Old Boys.

David and I were fellow pupils at Harton Juniors in the same class after he joined the school following his family's relocation to a new house in Talbot road.

He had, quite correctly in view of his intelligence, been placed a year ahead of his age group. Unfortunately at that time "rules was rules" and the authorities would not allow him to sit the 11 Plus with the rest of us and he had to repeat the 4th year entirely entering our alma mater a year after me.

Fortunately we were both in the same scout troop and spent some memorable time together including summer camps and my own First Class hike.

Happy days and a great companion.
Sun 4-Dec-2016 16:29 - Ruskington, Limcolnshire
Ed. Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
The photo of the school brings back memories, some good & some not, I recall being sent out of the class & the head master Lucas asked me why, & told him that I hadn't been [paying attention, Lucas then took me to his office & gave me six whacks with the cane. Was wondering what the punishments are today for misbehaving, My mother asked me why my hands were hurting, after telling her, she said that I probably deserved it. Don't recall any complaints about corporal punishments back then.
Tue 13-Sep-2016 14:31 - PEI Canada
Frank (Francis) Slater | slater799~AT~aol~DOT~com
SSGTSB 1960-67
Happy 80th anniversary of my old school
Congratulations MIKE TODD on your years of dedication and creation of this wonderful site
Mon 12-Sep-2016 22:02 - Lincoln
Ed. Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
I started at the school 79 yrs. ago, it was handy because I lived in Lisle Road & could pop down for dinner.
I sat the entrance exam the year before & failed, but because I was a year younger than the rest I was allowed to enter a year later & passed.
My mother had started me At Cleadon Park school when I was four to get rid of the pest I was for a few hours.
Sun 4-Sep-2016 23:01 - PEI Canada

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