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    Re: Older years at Secondary School

    My secondary school was boys, 13-18 years old. I remember that the prefects, who would be four or five years older than me, discovered my extreme ticklishness and so I was tickled mercilessly by...
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    Re: School Punishment

    I vividly recall an occasion when I was in the Lower Sixth at boarding school (about 17 years old). In the shower after a Rugger game I released an extremely satisfying but also extremely lethal...
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    Re: "Cheeky Monkey" TV Advert (Late 1970s?)

    I think you’re right. It could well have been Birds Eye!
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    Re: Was your school academic or sporting?

    I have a lot of good friends who went to schools like your first one. Working in property management I do a lot of work with builders and roofers, many of whom become great mates. Really good people...
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    Re: Was your school academic or sporting?

    In many ways I agree with you and wish I’d had a more academic schooling (I’m very much for vocational education as well). On the other hand I enjoyed participating in sport and probably did benefit...
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    Re: "Cheeky Monkey" TV Advert (Late 1970s?)

    Yes, I remember that Tex. It was Johnny Vegas who stirred my earlier half-memory of the late 70s advert.
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    Was your school academic or sporting?

    Did your school place more emphasis on work or sport? At mine, the emphasis was very strongly on sport. Although academic success was valued, it wasn't rated as highly as playing for the House or the...
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    Re: the rugger fields

    Ideal school Rugger weather today. ...

    Did any of you get any injuries when playing? I remember a number of minor instances although I once twisted my ankle so badly that I was 'off eccer' (school...
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    Re: the rugger fields

    My understanding is that in Wales the game always has to be called Rugby, never 'Rugger' (or 'Rugga'!). Exactly why, I am not sure.
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    Re: the rugger fields

    I also remember the constant 'droning on' about formations and wedges. One in particular who was ex-Navy seemed to take a particular delight in making us stand around in the cold as he talked ......
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    Re: the rugger fields

    Ironic in a way, given that Rugger started with a conversion, i.e. a chap at Rugby School picking up the ball and running instead of kicking.
    There was no football allowed at my school either I'm...
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    Re: the rugger fields

    Actually I enjoyed the hot (often almost scaldingly hot) shower after a cold or wet 'Rugga' game and/or standing round listening to the games master. I enjoyed the camaraderie of the 'locker room' -...
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    Re: the rugger fields

    All this brings back memories - although I think I changed my Rugger kit every year. I was also quite wiry as a schoolboy - I put on weight later. Despite all the adverse aspects of 'Rugga' I...
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    Re: Clarks Polyvelts

    They were Polyveldts, not 'Polyvelts'. I don't know how they got the name. At my boys' boarding school in the 70s we could wear our own clothes in our free time. I went through a Polyveldt phase...
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    Re: "Cheeky Monkey" TV Advert (Late 1970s?)

    Yes, I think the phrase been mentioned in more recent adverts. The one I'm thinking of was, I am pretty sure, to do with 'convenience' foods: possibly one of the Findus products that were always...
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    "Cheeky Monkey" TV Advert (Late 1970s?)

    I am trying to remember an ITV advert from the late 1970s, I think, in which a family (Northern?) are gathered around the dinner table and the mother exclaims "Ooh, you cheeky monkey!" to her son (or...
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    I came across this recently because some of the images were used in a BBC4 documentary about Skinheads: the programme itself focussed on the original roots of Skinhead culture in black music, in...
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    Re: the rugger fields

    You must have absolutely stunk out the changing rooms after the Rugger!
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    Re: the rugger fields

    The games masters were ex-Forces and strict but fair. My Rugger coach had a nice dry sense of humour.

    We played in all weathers but the most extreme - and it had to be extreme.

    Cricket by...
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    Only one day a year? We had it every week!
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    Re: the rugger fields

    I went to the same sort of boy’s boarding school that Donald describes and played Rugger all the way through to my final year there (aged 18), both for House and School teams. The competitive spirit...
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    Re: Australia or USA?

    Today I’m proud to have been born in Australia. (My father worked in Melbourne in the mid-1969s.)
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    We’ve got right-wing political correctness with the Mail accusing people of being ‘traitors’ etc., and left-wing political correctness where even modest criticism of extreme feminism is ‘sexist’ and...
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    I have a lot of sympathy for that but I’m just not convinced by Jeremy Corbyn. He comes across as a very weak leader. For example, he was virtually silent during the Brexit referendum and didn’t do...
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    Keith Vaz: don’t you mean Jim the washing machine salesman!
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