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bohica
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1411 of 1541  Sat 6th Jul 2019 11:29am  
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Dear God! Oh my We were in the same class! Do you have any more details? (PM me if you like) R.I.P. Nick Edited by member, 7th Jul 2019 11:10 am
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Midland Red
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1412 of 1541  Tue 20th Aug 2019 9:34am  
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On 6th Apr 2015 10:45am, PhilipInCoventry said: Hi all Wave One name that I cannot see is Mr Brotherwood. I remember him with affection, as he used to come to Paybody hospital twice a week to give me one to one tuition, over a period of many years. On a couple of occasions it was Mr Leachman that came. I was in the same prep school class as his son. Mr Brotherhood's care did not stop at that either. Whilst doing accountancy, I was struggling with some of the more complicated mathematics, & so whilst I was home on hols, I went to visit him at his home around Christmas time 1963. I was warmly greeted at their door by his wife, who led me in to see this man, horizontal, lying on a metal bed, with a dialysis machine pumping away. I wanted to withdraw & go home, but he insisted on helping me, as he did. For all of its & my warts, King Henry VIII set me with the best start in life that I could ever have dreamed of, a life that I am still able to enjoy now well into retirement. Thumbs up
The present Mrs Red spent the day in Coventry yesterday with one of Mr Brotherwood’s daughters (they both attended Stoke Park School) She emigrated to the USA after marriage and ran her own school in Michigan for many years - she recalls having assisted her father with some of the tuition he offered to pupils at their Coventry home A few years ago she suffered a bad fall, resulting in a number of injuries, and was eventually forced to quit her school - she had by then separated from her husband and their children In seeking some life insurance cover, she was required to have some blood tests Imagine her shock when the results of these tests revealed that she had in fact inherited the kidney condition which had afflicted her father, and urgent treatment was now vital Her sister donated a kidney and her life was saved Now she is on a very strict medication routine, and with two homes in USA in differing time zones, and also travelling to the UK on a number of occasions, ensuring that her medication and the pre- and post- fasting times are adhered to exactly is a major task each and every day She intends to sell up in America and to return to Coventry when it becomes possible Without having suffered the accident, she undoubtedly wouldn’t be alive today, as she had no knowledge of her condition
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1413 of 1541  Thu 29th Aug 2019 11:41am  
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Further to earlier posts about Pete Jones being a decent chap and living in Kenilworth in retirement, he is now a local councillor for the Green Party: Kenilworth Abbey and Arden - Peter Jones (For the record, I am in no way trying to promote the Green Party, nor any other political party for that matter!)
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1414 of 1541  Sun 20th Oct 2019 3:07pm  
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Mrs Red may be old(ish) Blush - but not that old. So, no!
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Dr Phil 1949 to 1956
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1415 of 1541  Sun 20th Oct 2019 4:01pm  
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Very sorry, a senior moment!
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1416 of 1541  Mon 21st Oct 2019 8:35am  
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I have a question about Mr Bulcock (TSB), Sports Teacher. During my early days at KHVIII he was reasonably good to me as I progressed through the school. But one year (1953?) when we came back from summer holidays to begin a new year he was no longer at the school. A new Master (Harry Dunne?) was in command, I think I was in LVA at the time. Nobody would tell us lads why he left and I never found out what was the reason was! Now I am a member of this excellent Forum maybe someone can tell me what happened? While I am posting I will mention some of my friends in the mainly happy time I spent at KHVIII. Gerald Hignett, Brian Baily, Chris Kearton, Taffy Owen, Gerald May, Mark Clemons, Malcolm Simpson, Norman Barr, Tony Hughes. Favourite teacher Alfie Crocker (believe it or not), Richard Beetham (Maths) - never had a good Maths teacher after that especially Further Maths at A level where I had a truly incompetent Master in 6ScII (name? young guy very prone to blushing when some of his blackboard work promoted laughter). Edited by member, 21st Oct 2019 10:36 am

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1417 of 1541  Mon 21st Oct 2019 1:41pm  
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Question ; does anybody from the 1949-1956 era remember the chemistry lab technician(s) who were there at this time? Also, what happened to Alfie Crocker, a man who was very good to me, as was HH Cork, both of whom set me on my happy trail through life as a Process Engineer and Scientist. I remember them both as excellent teachers! Also, who was the new teacher in that time who was a recognised Grand Master Chess Champion and improved my chess no end!

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1418 of 1541  Mon 21st Oct 2019 2:06pm  
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Do you still have the Coventrian from 1950 (which number is it?) as you can see from my user name I was at KHVIII 49 to 56. I still have five of the magazines, no's 175, 181, 183, 185 and 193, and am very keen to find some more as I intend to write a book of my time at KHVIII and need reliable information! Any chance you can e-mail me a copy? Will pay any reasonable expenses. I have e-mailed KHVIII library but got no reply.
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1419 of 1541  Mon 21st Oct 2019 2:08pm  
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On 21st Oct 2019 1:41pm, Dr Phil 1949 to 1956 said: Question ; does anybody from the 1949-1956 era remember the chemistry lab technician(s) who were there at this time? Also, what happened to Alfie Crocker, a man who was very good to me, as was HH Cork, both of whom set me on my happy trail through life as a Process Engineer and Scientist. I remember them both as excellent teachers! Also, who was the new teacher in that time who was a recognised Grand Master Chess Champion and improved my chess no end!
Would the chess player be Derek Horseman? English Chess Forum
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1420 of 1541  Mon 21st Oct 2019 2:11pm  
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On 21st Oct 2019 2:06pm, Dr Phil 1949 to 1956 said: Do you still have the Coventrian from 1950 (which number is it?) as you can see from my user name I was at KHVIII 49 to 56. I still have five of the magazines, no's 175, 181, 183, 185 and 193, and am very keen to find some more as I intend to write a book of my time at KHVIII and need reliable information! Any chance you can e-mail me a copy? Will pay any reasonable expenses. I have e-mailed KHVIII library but got no reply.
I believe Coventry Archives at the Herbert have some copies, although I don’t know how many.
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1421 of 1541  Tue 22nd Oct 2019 11:27am  
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Many thanks for the information
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1422 of 1541  Tue 22nd Oct 2019 11:55am  
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Many thanks, you are spot on! Mr Horseman taught me a great deal in my latter days in KHVIII, I eventually became captain of the chess team and when playing a friendly game with Stoke Park Grammar School had the luck to play as top board a very pretty girl called Ann Wall - she beat me quite easily (I subsequently found out she was a past runner up for the Coventry Chess Barnacle Trophy, the first girl to do so, so she was good!). Fortunately I was gracious in defeat (something I rarely was), I asked where did she live and was amazed to find she lived in Prince of Wales Rd off the Allesley Old Rd where I lived. To cut a long story short; 2 years later when I was at Leeds University (Special Chemistry with Prof Dainton) I saw her walking through the Union with another girl (Nicky Mancini). She was wearing a hat so was obviously attending Leeds for a pre-place interview! That gave me something to think about! The next year, 1954, she appeared in the Union as a first year Geography student. I quickly introduced myself and asked her for a date. Again to cut a long story short I am today still married to her (after 57 years) - we are both in our 80's and doing as well as we might expect. So I am indebted to Mr Horseman in a way far more than any other teacher (except maybe Alfie Crocker) - are either of them still alive (doubtful I am sorry to say). Many years later while at Limavady Grammar School in N.I., my son Andrew excelled at chess too and subsequently won an open scholarship to Cambridge when he was 15 to study Natural Sciences. He ended up however pursuing a career as a Professional Gambler (Texas Holdem) with some success (Las Vegas Bracelet) and now is retired! So Mr Horseman was very important for my family! Edited by member, 24th Oct 2019 11:20 pm
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1423 of 1541  Tue 22nd Oct 2019 3:04pm  
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Post #1423 gives information about Derek Horseman. Alfie Crocker died in 1981 at the age of 67.
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1424 of 1541  Tue 22nd Oct 2019 10:54pm  
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Many thanks for the information, how do I search for post 1423? Sorry for my ignorance but I can’t find anything in "Help". Edited by member, 22nd Oct 2019 11:38 pm
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JohnnieWalker
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1425 of 1541  Wed 23rd Oct 2019 3:01am  
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Hi Dr Phil - if you look at the top left corner of your own most recent posting you will see it is "post 1428 of 1429". Just use the back arrow to go back to the previous page in this thread and you will find 1423. Thumbs up Edited by member, 23rd Oct 2019 3:02 am
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