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Thank you both for your replies.Hazel, your posts, no matter how long, short or otherwise, never bore me, and that's the troof!! I read everyone's contributions and up til now, (or, thus far), no one has disappointed, 'God's Honour', as we always said at junior school if we were trying to show someone how honest we were being when swapping marbles and stuff, (although we usually had our fingers crossed behind our backs at the same time).'that nissen-hut-like-structure'.....ahem, that was Dedworth's pride and joy just after the war Steve, although not a lot of people know that!! Several forum members have posted quite recently that they took ballet classes there, (although I can assure you that Bob never did!!!). It was useful in it's day but it looked so very out of place to we children living opposite in Church Terrace. It was looked upon by some older folk as unnecessary, ugly and 'should've bin bilt somewhere else'....kind of thing.....I didn't use the library then as I was a child in the 50's and could borrow books from both schools I attended. I'll phone Lin, in Wolf Lane, Dedworth, to ask if she remembers your Mother at all. She may have seen or known her from Dedworth Green School because both of her children went there,.....I'm glad to hear that Angela is ticking over nicely and works in London too. It's silly and a waste of talent having to retire at certain ages. Many companies now realise this and appreciate too the older person's knowledge and ability to carry on working in their chosen field. I chose to retire early, if 58 can be considered 'early', but I would, if necessary, go back to work without any thoughts on my part of being too old or over-the-hill, or, as our grandson says, 'past your sell-by date Nan'....
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Wire Dancer; Blackboard Jungle; Cold Storage; Elegy on Two Pets; Road Casualty; House Proud.
Recorded 30.8.63, issued in 1965.
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24-Oct-2010 12:32 AM
Julian Ennis – Blackboard Jungle
I think the poem probably does refer to an actual incident.
A young County Boy named as I recall Frank Smith was sadly killed on his push bike in a motor accident, probably around the mid fifties. The family lived across the road from us in Bulkeley Avenue alongside the path which ran through to the small recreation ground.
I don't recall any details of the accident or where it occurred, and being younger than me, I didn't really know him well.
The poem strikes me as being very truthful and reflects accurately the likely reaction of boys in those days before we all needed an army of counsellors to overcome perceived trauma. As the poem points out, we would largely have dismissed it from our minds by lunchtime, that's the brutal truth of boys.
What does however make me uneasy, is the fact that the truth sometimes hurts, in this case the victims being the bereaved. Perhaps Julian Ennis/Bebbington's poem, however honest might have been better left unsaid, since it was presumably written soon after the event.
24-Oct-2010 01:23 AM
Far from it, he was certainly unusual but not unhappy as I recall.
During my time at WCBS, (1951-56), Mr. Bebbington taught English Literature. Having elected to study English Language, he only occasionally taught me.
In appearance he was rather like Michael Bentine. In person he thought he was Michael Bentine. For me one Michael Bentine was one too many!
During lessons he might suddenly produce large cards instructing, “LAUGH”, followed by “STOP LAUGHING” then “LAUGH AGAIN”, which we were dutifully expected to do. At the sound of an aircraft overhead, he might grab a toy gun, rush to the window, throw it open and try to down it by firing caps, accompanied by a torrent of gibberish. Most people found this hysterically funny, personally I felt it better left to the Goons. Having said that, when serious he was a good teacher, if a trifle eccentric. Most pupils will probably have good memories of him.
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David Gray was one day older than me, much to my chagrin, since at that age I felt it gave him seniority! His Grandfather lived in a cottage at the lower end, and one day, helping him in the garden, David stuck a garden fork clean through his foot! I assumed, as you do, at that age, that he would die, but he returned shortly, none the worse for wear. The family moved away soon after and I believe he eventually joined the RAF.Regarding your query re. Len Whiter, whilst this name does not ring a bell, I do recall other WCBS names from a year or two above me. For the most part, being older, they are little more than remembered names, rather than friends, so not worth mentioning, the main exception being Tony Hughes, my Guardian Angel from the brilliant Hughes Family in Grove Road, so many memories, every one a good one, I don't know how they put up with a little pest like me!
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