Thursday, August 31, 2006

yet another "Man Of Our Times"...

Canadian-born actor Glenn Ford, (1916-2006), was found dead in his Beverly Hills home today by paramedics...Foul play is not suspected...Ford suffered several strokes during the 1990s and had to miss a 90th birthday tribute earlier this year because of poor health...Ford was born in Ste-Christine, Quebec...Some of his better-known films include Superman, The Big Heat, A Stolen Life, Blackboard Jungle, The Fastest Gun Alive, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Cimarron....

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

From the bottom of the briar patch

Just to show that Greek doppelgangers like Brer Rabbit can post off theme – here is something to remind us summer, or as we say at home the White Nights are over. As for being on theme I did offer ‘Ulrike, Kaiser Bill and the Politzei,’ but alas Speech day programmes seemed more in fashion……

Bringing It All Back

I finally got around to putting a new rubber band in the old record player this a.m. and blimey, it worked. Blew the dust off a few albums and hey presto...all the oldies came back to life. Dylan, Redding, Roxy, Sedaka, Winwood, etc., etc. So many memories! And it wasn't just the music. Quality lyrics as well, especially for romantic songs. Here's a sample:

Love songs fill the night, but they don't tell it all
Not how lovers cry out just like they're dying
Her cries hang there in time somewhere
Someday, some good wind may blow her back to me
Some night I may hear her like she used to be
No it can't be that warm with the wind in her arms
Valerie, call on me - call on me, Valerie
Come and see me - I'm the same boy I used to be
(Steve Winwood from his 'Talking Back to the Night' album)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Cold Light of Day

This photo of Collingwood Boys House taken in 2000, certainly captured the mood of the old school that I experienced going back for the first time in the autumn of 1974. A solitary watchman declined to let me wander around, but kindly drove me through the mainsite. An emotional reunion 14 years after leaving. Photo by courtesy of Hilary Caswell (Cas to her friends).

Saturday, August 26, 2006

What is this all about?

When I uploaded my pics from Fleet I thought - whoops must have taken this by mistake - then last night it came back to me - look at the pint of lager in front of picture - Ian McNeill had asked for a lager and lime - pretty standard drink you may think - but it came as pint of lager - with 2 wedges of lime floating on top.. we were quite amused as you can imagine - anyone else had similar version of this drink? Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 25, 2006

And it looks like the summer is over

How could we let the summer sneak by without featuring everyone's favourite sport? If Graham Print (from whom we sourced the photo) drops in to see us, maybe he will let us know in which year this photo was taken at at the Sportplatz and if he remembers the names of any of the others in the photo. Is that you in the middle padding up Graham?

See any family resemblance?

I don't know about you, but to me the tiny tot on the right of the photo is the spitting image of a certain grandparent who shall remain nameless for the time being. Shouldn't be too hard for the gals to guess who it is though. Thanks for the photo...(nope, not falling into that trap)!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

No prizes...

For guessing which famous person Val, her daughter Debbie and grandbairns met in Chessington. And all very patriotic in their England shirts. Is the Arsenal strip just for match days and the land of nod Val?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Whatever happened to Cannonball Derek O'Wright?

If you are an old blog member, here's a face you will have seen before. Derek Wright was a Drake monitor in my days (1960) and by gum could he bash the Drake Boys gong like no other. And watch out if you were playing cricket against him. Talk about body armour being required! No mean chatter upper of attractive young female pupils, Derek could be a charmer. But his 'don't mess with me son' look made us juniors keep our distance. I believe he joined the RAF, but a search on Friends Reunited drew a blank. So Derek, if you're out there, do get in touch. We want to know why the England selectors overlooked you!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Who is our school's most famous son?

The name of one contender bandied around in Fleet was Barry Stokes (right in photo), who has had a varied acting career including roles in the film Enemy Mine [Huck] 1985, film Romance on the Orient Express [Flavio]1985, tv drama The Last Days of Pompeii [Gar] 1984, tv series Reilly: Ace of Spies [Cromie] 1983, tv film Rendezvous in Paris [Frank Davis] 1982, film Hawk the Slayer [Axe Man 2] 1980, film Spaced Out [Oliver] 1979, film Alien Prey [Anders] 1978, film The Professionals (episode Stake Out) [Major] 1978, tv drama Lady Oscar [Andre Grandier] 1978, tv series The Liver Birds (episode Dinner for Three) [Bill] 1975, tv series Space 1999 (episode Voyager's Return) [Jim Haines] 1975, tv film Confessions of a Handyman [Bob] 1975 and a film in which Barry also sang the theme tune, The Corruption of Chris Miller [Barney Webster] 1973, tv series Doomwatch (episode By the Pricking of my Thumbs) [Stephen Franklin] 1971, tv series UFO (episodes Reflections in the Water and Destruction) [Skydiver Engineer] 1970. He also played the Head Boy Brookes (Brookie) in Tom Browne Schooldays - a Sunday night tv classic serial on BBC.

And there's more

Couple of folk from 60's now - Steve Barry (not PRSite but came with brother) Julian Barry and Anna Sides. As you can see - plenty of food and drink on tables! Posted by Picasa

Val and Pete at Fleet

Another 2 enjoying the do at Fleet - Val and Pete this time! Posted by Picasa

Birthday girl at Fleet

Here is Cas - 1 day short of her bus pass to be correct - receiving hug from Mac - which was passed on from Eileen and Babs!! Lovely day was had by all - and Cas was last seen struggling to car with various tokens from her PRSite friends - so hope she had a wonderful time on the actual day - thought with the bottles and chocs she had - I am sure she did! Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 21, 2006

Even more memorabilia!

Only because page two has been requested and there’s something completely banal about the idea – herewith page two. However, I positively refuse to post page three. I’m going off to find a photograph of me standing next to somebody famous…….. Come to think of it, perhaps what I really need is someone who appears on page three? Now there's a thought!

Friday, August 18, 2006

More memorabilia

Shown is a copy of the Speech Day program referred to earlier under the heading of ‘More musical talent.’ Detail of inter-house cup presentations show Drake clearly in decline. The only pot we managed to win was courtesy of a Drake girl who was awarded the ‘Nag’s Head Trophy – a trifle unkind, but like Fanny Hill once famously said – ‘any port in a storm!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

More musical talent

Shown are tickets for Drake’s contribution to Speech Day 1959. Apart from the printers being candidates for ‘Eats Shoots & Leaves,’ this was an occasion for Drake to showcase its undisputed musical talent. Top of the bill was the ‘Spike Sponing Song’ - a thinly disguised, satirical ditty dedicated to our housemaster, variously known as Spike or the Little Man.

Around this time it would be fair to say that some 20% of those occupying the ground floor of Drake Boys played guitar. Most of the talent tended to be directed towards skiffle. In the summer groups of six or more musicians would congregate outside to give impromptu concerts. Groups of Germans would frequently gather to peer through the wire and listen. Largely their expressions were of bemusement with perhaps a suggestion of Teutonic angst. Favourite numbers included ‘Wreck of Old 97’ and ‘Worried Man.’ In addition to these traditional three cord favourites, occasional exceptions were made for ‘Tom Dooley’ by the Kingston Trio, or even a touch of Buddy Holly among the more avant garde. Rock in the form of Little Richard or Chuck Berry was still frowned upon as being very non – U, and seen as something that only the less desirable elements of the house would embrace.

The first memorabilia collector to correctly name Jim and Lofty will receive one of the above tickets. Sorry no crate of Baltika this time, as this should be very easy.

Another brick in the wall?

I can't for the life of me think of the group who sang that ballad, but this isn't one of them. Just my warped sense of humour (hey Bob). It is, unless I'm very much mistaken, our old friend and former Head Boy, Brian Downes! Am I right or am I right Dmitri? Could he really play the guitar, or he just posing?

Shakin' but not stirred

Who's she with this time I hear you ask. Well, you'd be right in that it is indeed our Val, but I doubt if any of us would have guessed who the lucky man is this time. No less than Shakin Stevens. Val just happened to be at a celebrity golf match in 1990 when this photo was taken.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Mine's a Vodka Vinny

If you were getting a little concerned about the company our Val keeps following the last posting, this latest photo of her won't do anything to reassure you. She was spotted here with former football hard man and actor, Vinny (bites-yer-leg) Jones on a day out at Royal Ascot about six years ago. Now which house would he have been in at PRS? Somehow, I don't think he would have been at Drake. Collingwood maybe?

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Girls' night out

Val Macdonald (right) and girlfriends obviously enjoying the company of these young but absent-minded sixth-form lads who seem to have forgotten their shirts. Not that the girls seem to mind! I'm not sure that Miss Tebbs would have approved Val.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

You will never guess...

...who this happy "couple" is in a million years. But here are a couple of clues. Photo taken on Hayling Island in 1976. Think pop idols and Dakotas (oops...a bit of a give away there). Watch this space!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Who are these PRS pop idols?

Do you remember the faces of these talented Fliegerdeich/Bonteheim Elvis impersonators? If so, hurry with your reply 'cos an anonymous former pupil is offering a crate of beer to the person who comes up with the first correct answer. I definitely know the rocker on the left, but haven't a clue as to the others.