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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.
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) recalls Sixties issues of the BBC's Radio Times...
As a confirmed addict to the
various BBC Radio websites - anybody familiar with US
instantly understand my dilemma - I listen regularly to Brian
Matthew's Sounds of The Sixties, which is broadcast live
on Radio 2 each Saturday morning and available for seven days on
website. The show offers, in BBC-speak, "The hits of pop's
golden years with the Chronicles of the Sixties." Groovy
Platters, in other words.
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Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA November 2010 Email
Ian Macdonald (JRGS 1958-65) adds: For your parallel delectation try the
Tropical Glen website,
which take you to Playa Cofi Jukebox - it's free and has
many different music genres/years back to the Forties. You can
play the tracks in the background while working on the
computer - as I am doing right now with C&W. There are even
featured artists and separately oldie videos.
Mike Beaumont (JRGS 1955-60) adds: I like the Radio Times covers. Simon Dee... whatever happened to him? Keep up the good work.
ML replies: Sadly,
former radio and TV disc-jockey/interviewer Simon Dee died last
year, aged 74, reportedly of bone
cancer. According to
Wikipedia, Simon Dee - born Cyril Nicholas Henty-Dodd on 28 July,
1935, in Ottawa - auditioned for British Forces Radio while
stationed in Baghdad with RAF Intelligence as part of his
national service. In 1964 he joined the pirate radio ship Radio
Caroline; his was the first live voice to be heard on the
station. He was given a job on the BBC Light Programme in 1965,
introducing a late-night show on Saturdays. After Radio 1 opened
in 1967, he introduced the Monday edition of Midday Spin
and sometimes presented Top of the Pops on BBC
Television. The same year Dee, pictured right, began his early-evening chat show
Dee Time on BBC-TV. He had cameo roles in several films,
including The Italian Job and Doctor in Trouble.
Tony Almond (John Newnham 1957-61) adds: Many thanks for the nostalgic memories generated by the Radio Times covers. Did RT ever cost only 5d an issue? Strewth, it's £1.30 now!
Martin Preuveneers (JRGS 1958-65) reports on an Alumni Gathering in England...
During a recent trip to London, I met up with several JRGS Alumni at The Magpie pub in Sunbury-on-Thames.
Pictured here are (left-to-right): Mike Balme (JRGS 1958-64), myself, Peter Curtis (JRGS 1957-62), John Turner (JRGS 1958-65) and Bob Hawkins (JRGS 1958-64). Click on the thumbnail to view a larger version.
Martin Preuveneers, Alameda, San Francisco, CA November 2010 Email.
Geoff van Beek/Downer (JRGS 1962-69) reports on a recent book project...
As a result of The Mill website, Gary
Day–Ellison (JRGS 1962-69) and I have struck up a remarkable
friendship – he and I were in 5G during 1967/68
more. My wife and I
visited Gary and his wife, the illustrator
Sandy Nightingale, and are
due to visit them in Devon again for a Dickensian Christmas.
Geoffrey C. van Beek, Rotterdam, Holland, November 2010 Email
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) recalls school teacher Reginald Whellock...
Further to the recent report from the
Reunion, in which Tom and Ian told us of the surprise visit by
former JRGS biology teacher Reginald Whellock, I have looked
further into his career. Reginald B. Whellock was born in September 1914
in Croydon, Surrey, the son of Harry Samuel Whellock, shipping
clerk and engineer, born 2 May 1882, in Bermondsey, south London. His
mother was Minnie Charlotte née Baldwin, born 12 Jan 1886 in East
Malling, Kent, and later a housemaid in Upper Norwood, Lambeth, south
London. His parents married in Bromley in 1913. His paternal grandfather
was Henry Whellock; many of his direct Whellock ancestors were
River Thames lightermen.
Paul Graham, Iver, Bucks, October 2010 Email.
ML adds: Within his fascinating
interview, Mr. Whellock writes: "In 1946 a job came up at John Ruskin in
Tamworth Road, which was by then a grammar school. We moved into a house
in Shirley in January 1947, near St John’s Church. I used to cycle
because you couldn’t buy a car in those days unless you had a reason for
it, or needed it for business. I eventually got a second-hand Ford from the
owner of the Shirley Poppy.
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