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- Page 84 - Oct thru Dec 2016 -
Lack of space prevents our including the following
items on the main News Page, but here are some interesting
events/comments from the past several months.
Max Alan Zoller unearths a unique form prize awarded to his grandfather...
Although I now live in Italy,
I used to reside in Selsdon. While looking
through my collection of Richard Crompton's William books I found this
Max Alan Zoller, Viareggio, Italy; December 2016 Email
Terry Weight (JRGS 1959-65) reports on a recent mini-reunion in London...
As encouraged by our webmaster, here is a
recent photo of a few of the 1959 JRGS intake.
This has become a
regular annual get together, at least our fourth. We meet up near
Leicester Square for drinks and a meal ... suddenly five hours have
passed and it is time to go home again. What happens in between is
slightly a mystery - in the sense that it begs the question what we have
to talk about for so long after all this time - but very enjoyable.
Crystal Palace, of course, gets a mention since we were all keen
footballers and note the new England manager is ex-CP, thereby
maintaining the Croydon connection.
Terry Weight, Herefordshire; December 2016 Email
Graham Donaldson (JRGS 1962-69) reports on a visit to the Shetland Isles...
I think one of my most abiding memories of
this year was a trip to the furthest-flung part of our Island Kingdom,
namely the Shetland Islands. I've travelled pretty well extensively
around Britain, and done a number of European rail tours, so I thought
there was nothing really spectacular in these islands that I hadn't seen
- but I'd reckoned without Shetland. Indeed, our Railway Touring Company
leader said much the same.
This picture shows the coast
in an area of Shetland's North Mainland known as Esha Ness. If it looks
familiar to British TV viewers, I'm pretty sure this was one of the
locations used in filming the BBC Crime drama series Shetland,
broadcast early in 2016. This would tally as there is a large cafeteria
nearby - a rarity in the Northern Isles - that would have been able to
cater for the cast and film crew.
Graham Donaldson, South Croydon, Surrey; December 2016 Email.
John Byford (JRGS 1959-66) reports on a recent visit to Amsterdam...
I'm not long back from
Amsterdam, where I attended some of the events and exhibitions forming
part of Let it keep secrets, which is a series of exhibitions,
lectures and performances celebrating the early work of the writer,
visual artist, critic and publisher Michael Gibbs (1949-2009).
The festival, lasting two months, has been planned and curated by
Michael's widow, Eva Gonggripp (an artist in her own right), Gerrit Jan
de Rook (artist and critic) and Jan Voss (artist and bookseller,
The festival website covers all
aspects of the events, with a news section that is updated regularly.
John Byford, Camberwell, London; November 2016 Email
Nigel Ellis (JRGS 1968-1970) unearths several A-Level papers from 1970...
Much to my surprise, my wife found my GCE A-Level papers from June 1970;
I thought they had long since made their final journey in the back of a
Croydon Council dustcart! I can remember the effort that went into the
exams in English Language, History an Economics, and was happy not to repeat the process!
PDF version of English Literature 1 |
PDF version of English Literature2 |
PDF version of History1 |
These are multi-page PDFs of the seven O-Levels I took two years earlier in June 1968 at John Newnham. (I also passed British Constitutional History O-Level at JRGS, but there is no sign of the paper as yet.)
Incidentally, I transferred from the
former John Newnham Secondary Selective School in 1968 to join the JRGS sixth form for
A-Levels and then, instead of going to university, I worked as a reporter on the Croydon Advertiser
Group. We were indentured for three years in those days. First I was on
its papers covering Epsom, Banstead and Leatherhead, then in Croydon,
including several years on the news desk, which was probably the most
fun time of a varied career, none of which was really a proper job!
Nigel Ellis, Preston, Lancashire; November 2016 Email
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) reports on meeting Jim Thomas in Long Beach...
On the 12th of October my partner and I travelled to Long Beach,
some 30 miles south of where we live in Burbank, to meet up with Jim
Thomas (JRGS 1959-65) and his wife Lynn. The pair were over for
a three-week sojourn across the United States, traveling primarily by
train - a trip they had been planning to take for several years. The
excursion comprised some 34 individuals, including a tour manager; the
majority or the participants were from the UK plus two from Holland.
The 27th of May,
2016, marked the 80th Anniversary of the Queen Mary's maiden
voyage in 1936. In 31 years of plying the North Atlantic Ocean
in war and peace, she would become what many consider to be the
world's most celebrated ocean liner, carrying some 2.2 million
passengers in peacetime and 810,000 military personnel in World
War II. The Cunard ship was built in Clydebank, Scotland, by John Brown
& Co. and carried 1,957 passenger plus 1,174 officers and crew;
she boasted 346 staterooms spanning three decks, including nine
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA; October 2016 Email
Jim Thomas (JRGS 1959-65) adds: On our trip the next day, we
were up early and left on the coach by 7.30 am to get to Los
Angeles Amtrak station; traffic was horrendous but we made it
with a little time to spare. Then onto the Coast Starlight
with great views up the coast, arriving in Oakland [east of San
Francisco] about 9.30 pm. We then had a coach guided tour around
SF next morning and the afternoon and Saturday free to go on a
cable car, etc.
David Anderson (JRGS 1964-71) adds:
I was very interested to see the inside of The Queen Mary liner.
Jim Thomas replies:
This is a very interesting update; I can give Dave Anderson a link for
our trip with
Great Rail Journeys.
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