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  1. Dr (Bill) Chapman was a wonderful teacher. He once told me I spoke French like a Spanish cow! He was probably right. He had a good singing voice and sang as the Pirate King in the school production of The Pirates of Penzance. I last saw Doc Chapman at the City Ground years later. One of the teachers I remeber fondly.
  2. Many years after I left Fairham (Fleming House also, Graham Hind as Housemaster, a wonderful man) I was on a train to London and Fred Riddell was there and his voice took me back to that frightened schoolboy of about a decade before. I so wanted to go and tell him and his political friends he was with what a swine he was, but I desisted. 50 years later I'm still in two minds whether or not I should have.
  3. I hate the word "awesome" which appears to be the only adjective Americans know. They are also too fond of the word "absolutely" instead of just saying "yes".
  4. There was one at Clifton, roughly opposite Clifton Library. I lived in a flat over Fords early 1970s.
  5. Beekay, the easiest way to start your tree is to go and talk to your oldest living relative and ask them what they know. Otherwise they sometimes inconsiderately go and die and then all that knowledge they had is gone forever. Get your own birth certificate. That will tell you your parent's names and mum's maiden name. Find their wedding certificate for their parents' names. That's a good start.
  6. My father was in the Royal Navy from 1938 until 1952. He served on a number of ships including the battleship HMS King George V, and HMS Glasgow when they rescued the King of Norway and the Norwegian gold reserves ahead of the German army. But most of his war service he was on convoy escort duty across the Atlantic on HMS Gentian, a flower class corvette. On one trip he kept a diary from when they left Liverpool to arriving in Nova Scotia. I found it in his effects when he died 7 years ago and I typed it up and offered it to the Imperial War Museum. They were very pleased to
  7. And despite his forbidding appearance he was a nice bloke.
  8. Albert, I think you are so wrong about Mr. Mullaney. He was one of the kindest teachers I knew there. I once told him I didn't understand the point he was making in maths and he got the lad next to me to stand up and Mr. Mullaney sat down at the side of me and worked it through with me until I understood. Few teachers would do that. He was as bald then as I am now 60 years later, and one Christmas our class bought him a joke giant comb and a dispenser of brilliantine. You wouldn't do that for a bad teacher. And he took it in good stead. Now Fred Ri
  9. My dad was a jobbing builder and he always maintained that when they were filming this on Meadow Lane he was roped in as an extra in a crowd scene. But I've never been able to spot him.
  10. I went there in 1958-59 for one year until I was old enough to go to Fairham. My teacher was Miss Balfour.
  11. HSBC online banking help line. Fine if you speak Hindi, otherwise unintelligible. Outsourced so you stop ringing them.
  12. Kenyon, Fleming, Penny, Hunt, Whittle, Elliot, Lovell, Brittain.
  13. Ah Dr. Jerkov, I remember Flesh Gordon.
  14. Get a copy of your dad's birth certificate. Fortunately there was only one Ernest Spencer born in Nottingham in the December quarter 1906. You should be able to find your dad in the 1911 census to give his parents and maybe some siblings. Look either side of his family house in the census because relatives often lived nearby. The 1939 census, although all details are not yet released, could be of help. Voter's lists might be held at the Records Office. Possibly the baptism registers of the nearest church might be of help. There wasn't a census in 1941 becau