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|"From the Headmaster"||Stripes in Magenta|
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The 74/79 get-together took place at the Moon under Water on Deansgate, Manchester and moved to Bar Med later. It was attended by about 20 ex pupils and approx 4 apologies were received. The night went excellently and I feel certain it will happen again.
It was arranged by myself with some prompting from Dave Hamnett and the involvement of Andy Brown for his class. Unfortunately I could get no reply for a catalyst from the third class in that year although I think 1 or 2 turned up. I have put my initial memories of the night on the notice board.
Two stories were prominent, one being the fire which unfortunately involved our year, but it was interesting to hear the different memories people had of it.
The funniest though had to be the blind student french teacher when we were first years. He came in the class with Mdme Fairhurst over a number of weeks to learn and over these weeks we noticed he was hard at work "manufacturing" something in braille!! He spent every minute of every lesson hard at work and one by one each pupil became more intrigued with this than the actual french lesson itself [hardly surprising!!]
To everyone's surprise we found out that he was eventually to be allowed to teach us on his own [was that a wise thing to do?]. Nevertheless it happened, and on his first solo flight we all understood what he had been manufacturing! it was a braille desk plan with all our names on it!! so he could impress us by looking in the right direction when asking a question!
So after the first lesson, we all moved places for each lesson. What fun to see his confusion as he looked one way only for the reply to come from another!! all that work for nothing, but you have to be cruel to be kind, don't you??
Thanks to Mike Duff for remembering that story to me! [BBr]
Although still more has been promised, there has been relatively little new material on site since the last issue of "Stripes". There has however been much discussion on the discussion board and strong feelings expressed about what the content of this board should be. I do not think that anyone has any real appetite for censorship and provided the FAQ rules are adhered to there should be no requirement for this (The FAQ rules are there, not to impose webmaster's or any other view of St Augustine's, but merely to protect the webmaster)
Web space remains tight and it is possible that the site may need to move away from its current provider (freenetname). If this becomes necessary then it is hoped to continue with the same domain name staugustines.org.uk although this is not without cost and possibly involve some temporary upheaval. If anyone wants to take over the development and maintenabnce of their year's pages then this would alleviate the space problem and have the benefit of broadening the ownership. The separate year pages could then be linked seemlessly into the main site using the existing frame layout. [PJF]
Adrian Jessett, pleaded guilty last month to eight sample charges of indecent assault on a boy from his Manchester Boys Choir. The offences dated back to 1996. He has now been jailed for four years.
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|Old Staff||Stripes in Magenta|
Belly Dancing Dennison
John Dennison taught me music for one term before he moved to St Elizabeth's, Peel Hall, Wythenshawe. Initially we were all terrified out of skins of him. He could make you blood run cold with just one glance. However, before he left we learnt to respect him as a top quality teacher, while still being wary of his reputation as a strict disciplinarian.
In later years he taught my young daughter music about the same time as my brother taught at the school. My daughter, at 6 or 7 years of age, was a bit wary of him to say the least.However, one day she came out of school and beamed "Mr Dennison actually smiled at me!"
My favourite story concerned the staff night
including my brother. They went to a Turkish restaurant,
complete with belly dancer. After doing her routine she
came over to the teachers to get one up for a dance. They
all virtually hid under the tables...All except John
Dennison. He got up on the dance floor and really got
stuck into the dancing; while laughing and loving every
minute of it. I thought this showed his vivacious and
gregarious side,and how he lived life to the full.
|Looking Back||Stripes in Magenta|
159 was always sung in assembly during the week of All
Saints, 1 November. It was the one hymn which the whole
school really belted out with gusto. The most poignant
rendition I can remember of it was when it was sang at
In 4th year our form room was the music room. One morning Paddy Bennett actually brought a dead cat into the school. One by one he put it in our desks just to see the reactions. Even more bizarre was the fact that he had kept it fresh overnight in his mum's fridge.
One time the soccer first eleven were playing at
home during school hours, and the entire sixth form were
allowed to watch it.
Forged 30 years ago:
The drop forge handles we made out of aluminium for our hacksaw projects...
Yes - my proudly created hacksaw of c1972 - still in active use 30 years later! [PJF]
|Miscellaneous||Stripes in Magenta|
Benefits of a Cambridge Scholarship...
OK... who was that turned up at the Greater Manchester Police Sports and Social Club on Saturday 10th November?
"Numbers not your
strong point then
[There's really no value like loyalty within the clan, is there!]
The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered.
The element, tentatively named Administratium, has no protons or electrons and thus has an atomic number of 0. However, it does have 1 neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons and 111 assistant vice neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together in the nucleus by a force that involves the continuous exchange of meson like particles called morons.
Since it has no electrons, Administratium is inert. However, it can be detected chemically as it impedes every reaction with which it comes in contact. According to the discoverers, a tiny amount of Administratium caused one reaction to take over 4 days to complete when it would normally occur in less than 1 second.
Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately 3 years. At this time it doesn't actually decay but instead undergoes reorganization in which assistant neutrons, vice neutrons, and assistant vice neutrons exchange places. Some studies have shown that the atomic mass actually increased after each reorganization.
Researchers at other laboratories indicated that Administratium occurs naturally in the atmosphere. It tends to concentrate at certain points such as universities, government agencies, large corporations, and schools. The element can be found in the newest, best-appointed and best-maintained buildings.
Scientists point out that Administratium is known to be toxic at any level of concentration and can easily destroy any productive reactions where it is allowed to accumulate. Attempts are being made to determine how Administratium can be controlled to prevent irreversible damage, but results are not promising.
Keep fighting the spread of this deadly element.
|Classified||Stripes in Magenta|
"Against the Odds"
The History of the Hollies and Women's Education
Copies available from
or from a bookshop near you!
|Births Deaths and Marriages||Stripes in Magenta|
To Dave Haworth (69), Kaew and Nadia (now relocated to
Paul Jarvie Christmas 1995
Jim McCabe retires this year.
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