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Old 4th Jan 2013, 14:22   #61 (permalink)
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Nah, Tony's so tough even Chuck Norris went to him for lessons... and was knocked back.
Truth be told, there's a story in R Barrett's 'You Wouldn't Be Dead for Quids' (great book) about a Hollywood movie star who took on a bunch of Sydney bouncers only to slip on a doggie doo in his high heeled cowboy boots . The rest was history and a boring ol' triage report...

Sydney legend has it that it was based on a real life event and the Star was Mr C... but that would ruin an internet myth so lets leave it that way; lost in the annals of time and pre-internet mythology.

Everyone knows a bloke.
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Old 4th Jan 2013, 18:00   #62 (permalink)
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My old school building is still there but I don't think a reunion is likely on account of the fact that what was a fine old Grammar school has morphed into an Infants school.

Do you suppose they're trying to tell us something?
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Old 5th Jan 2013, 11:41   #63 (permalink)
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If I thought my old school's would end up like "American Reunion" I might consider it, but Soham doesn't really have the same appeal.
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Old 11th Jul 2015, 19:53   #64 (permalink)
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Never had any reunions but bumped into some old classmates along the way. Again, some of the ones expected to go far fell into the marriage, kids, dead end job routine. Others joined daddies firm and did OK until the recession. One built up a chain of sixteen clothes shops but went bankrupt earlier this year.

I met up with a guy recently who I knew as Jack Hogan. Calls himself Vettriano now.
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Old 12th Jul 2015, 07:24   #65 (permalink)
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This is a bit like the "You can't go home again threads". Your school-friends may not have changed but you probably have.

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Old 12th Jul 2015, 12:25   #66 (permalink)
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Due to the building of a super school, one of the 4 to 18 education establishments both my old Primary and Secondary schools will be closing next year.

Haven't had any formal invites but I know that a reunion is being considered at the Primary School. If there is then I may well go to that as there are strong family links to the school as my Grand Father, Mother, Uncle both my siblings and cousins went there, also a great, great Uncle was Head master.

As for the Grammar School they didn't like me, I didn't like them so If they have one I'm definitely not going!
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Old 12th Jul 2015, 13:33   #67 (permalink)
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Every school I have ever attended, the buildings have been demolished! (mostly for asbestos content, I suspect). So that just leaves a few memories and little else!
I've never seen an invitation, or been invited to any school re-union. They must all be avoiding me!
I'm afraid if I went to any school re-union, I'd be seeking out the few bullies who made my life a misery for years with their standover behaviour - with the intention of settling the score.
However, today I have no doubt they would now be unrecognisable as the thugs I remember them as a 14 yr old - and they probably wouldn't even remember me at all!

Best to let sleeping dogs lie, I have very few fond memories of any school I ever attended.
My primary school headmaster and deputy would almost certainly be in jail today, for child abuse, such was the virtually daily canings they handed out for trifling offences such as talking in class. They were sadists, there's nothing surer.
In the high school I attended, a large proportion of the teachers were incompetent, lazy, or totally unsuited to teaching due to their personalities (or lack of them).

I don't really care what the people I attended school with, are, or have achieved. I know that many will have fared badly in life, and many will have achieved some success, or great success.
I do see familiar schoolmate names in the papers and on the web regularly, mostly business people, who have done exceptionally well.
Many were born into sizeable wealth, and that's a better start to life, than ever having a brilliant IQ or a degree.

I have one best school mate who is a year older than me, who I have always regarded as one of my best friends. We lost contact for a couple of decades and have only in recent years, got back together again.
Life has treated him badly, with a shrew of a wife who cleaned him out and left him nearly destitute.
However, we both know that the important things in life are good health, good friends, and good times together, when we can have a good chuckle.

If I ever received an invitation to a school re-union, attending it would only be out of curiosity, to see how the greatest ratbags in high school have fared in the intervening 50 yrs.
I know one got into a high-up position in a large insurance company - and I think ripping off people, as so many insurance companies do, would have suited him admirably.
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Old 12th Jul 2015, 13:41   #68 (permalink)
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My school used to have an 'Old Boy's Dinner' each year when it was still a grammar school. At one, the Headmaster read out a list of old boys who had risen to high positions in industry, the armed forces, politics, the church and the like. Not a very long list. Then the (usually pissed and this occasion was no different) deputy head stood up and read out a longer list of the old boys who were in prison.....mainly for fraud and embezzlement. The deputy head was down to retire two weeks later anyway....
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Old 12th Jul 2015, 14:03   #69 (permalink)
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Brings to mind the story of slow John who got his nickname for obvious reasons not being the brightest bunny in the class.
A few years later he turns up at the school reunion in a Rolls Royce in a smart suit with a stunning blonde on his arm, much to the amazement of all present. After a bit one of his mates asked him about this and John said "well when I left school I started a business taking old pallets and making sheds out of them" "wow" his mate said "business must have been good then" John said "Na, I went bust in six months" His mate was puzzled so asked " well where did the money come from then? "Oh that" said John "I won the euro millions lottery"
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Old 12th Jul 2015, 15:23   #70 (permalink)

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Old 12th Jul 2015, 15:58   #71 (permalink)
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I actually flew from the US West Coast back to UK to attend a school reunion. I met with a few of my old school friends for a beer the night before the reunion was to take place and that evening convinced me I did not want to attend the main event.

On that visit to the UK I did, however, do one thing I had intended to do for years. I sought out my old primary school teacher from my last year at that school, Mr. Shakeshaft, to thank him for his help with my life.

I had attended a small rural school, traditionally children from the school stayed in the local area for the rest of their lives. Mr. Shakeshaft enrolled me for an examination I had never heard of and of which I never realized the significance called the "11+" -- remember that? I passed the examination and my life changed from a future in the little village to Grammar School, Biggin Hill, and eventually the airlines and the USA. That teacher certainly made a difference.

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Old 12th Jul 2015, 23:40   #72 (permalink)
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Never had the slightest interest in returning to my old school. Clinically insane headmaster, one kiddy fiddling maths/science teacher (but he taught well), institutionalised brutality by teachers and bullying of any academically inclined students by the jocks. The school captain had a stellar rugby league career before he went to gaol (and he was one of the good ones).

My only regret is that later in life, I never chased up the one inspiring teacher to thank him for all he gave us.
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Old 13th Jul 2015, 03:57   #73 (permalink)
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I spent four years in a boarding school in Adelaide SA back in the late 60`s and hated every minute of it.

Never joined the Old Scholars Association but eventually they got hold of my address and started sending me the quarterly magazine and one day an invitation to the 40th reunion arrived. I decided after much thought to attend.

Never regretted it! Recognised most of my former classmates but no-one recognised me! Some of the blokes who bullied me actually apologised for the hard time they gave me. I told them to forget it; all part of growing up! The glamorous girls had all aged well and several of the `plain` ones of the time were now positively gorgeous!! Sadly, about four Girls of that graduating year were deceased, breast cancer taking three and the other to another cancer.

Several of the Teachers of that time attended and it was really good to see them again. I even got a hug from my former English teacher who was still a `good looker`despite also having dealt with breast cancer.

If I`m still around for the 50th I reckon I`ll go!
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Old 13th Jul 2015, 12:23   #74 (permalink)

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I went to one at my old grammar school about 10 or so years ago. The "clever folks" who were always top of the class were in pretty humdrum jobs. One, who I'd been in touch with (because our career paths went the same way) was Chairman of Jaguar (which I knew). Most of the rest had done reasonably well for themselves. It was an interesting gathering. I don't know why they waited 40 years to do it, and I don't think I'll go to the next one in 2043.

Meanwhile, the teacher who made all the difference to my life was the senior maths master, who realised I wasn't stupid but had some kind of a block with maths. He fixed that (and then some) and set me up for a good career in industry.

I met him, totally by accident, at an event at the cathedral not long ago. I was in full dress uniform, he was in a plain suit - but I recognised him. More scarily, he recognised me. I thanked him for what he'd done and got the inevitable self-effacing "I was just doing my job", but he was clearly chuffed. A lovely bloke. He died a few weeks later: I was very glad I met him when I did.
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Old 13th Jul 2015, 15:37   #75 (permalink)
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About 15 years ago somebody organised a reunion for my wife's class when she was 9 years old. They put a lot of work into it and it was an amazing success with people coming from New Zealand, India and the US. The celebrations lasted a whole weekend.

Since then they have had some kind of reunion most years for those who are still local. They are having a BBQ this weekend to which I have agreed to go only if I can fly there. There is a good farm strip fairly near so I am hoping for good weather.

The first reunion was a bit difficult for some as they saw how much better some of their contemporaries had done. It caused the break up of one marriage. For some years they had believed that one chap was dead and had even seen records to prove it. A few years later he turned up at one of the reunions.
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Old 13th Jul 2015, 15:50   #76 (permalink)
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It seems to me that the choices we are presented with in life and the aggressiveness with which we grasp them are what makes the difference.

The "clever" folks at my school achieved exactly what they wished for, a long-term position in academia or taking over the family business, but they never made any real choices because their future was already planned in their minds (usually at the wish of their parents) so all they had to do was follow the plan. Good luck to them.

I have had to make a whole slew of choices that effected my life and I often chose the less safe options, it worked for me.

The difference between my life and those of my school friends is that they knew where they wanted to go, they got there and they stayed there. I never had any idea where life would take me so I just followed the likely looking branches in the road and I am glad I did because this has given me a very interesting and full life.

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Old 13th Jul 2015, 17:15   #77 (permalink)
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Another feature is that many sh1tes on the way up often turn out to be quite human once they let go the greasey pole.
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Old 14th Jul 2015, 11:24   #78 (permalink)
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The movers and shakers at school, usually ended up going into the humdrum jobs or went off the rails.
Or became teachers; several all-star achievers from my school went down that path. My theory is that the people who shone at school enjoyed the environment so much that they stayed there.
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Old 14th Jul 2015, 11:37   #79 (permalink)

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A teaching colleague of mine (Maths) had attended the school as a pupil since age 3. He went to Uni 12 miles away, but only lasted a term before transferring back to the Uni at the top of the hill from the school, where he also did his teacher training. His training placement was at the school, and the school was his first and only job.

My money says he's still there. We didn't make him a careers advisor

Especially with maths as a subject, he freely admitted he knew [email protected]#ck all about the real world, but since it seemed to be nowhere near as nice as our delightful little idyll in a picturesque valley on the edge of a World Heritage city, why bother? And he had a point.
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Old 14th Jul 2015, 13:05   #80 (permalink)
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OK Worrals; It has been a few years since your OP and unless I missed it, you have not told us what eventually transpired.

So `fess up. Didja go or not?
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