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Tony R
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61 of 63  Wed 9th Jun 2021 12:25am  
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On 8th Jun 2021 10:30pm, Barbara H said: Tony - the other girl in the biology class was called Lesley. ... On the arts side does anyone remember Roger McPhail? He was so eccentric - in a good way. I remember him walking round with a fake knife in his head (on a wire of course). He used to pull my hair out to make his fishing flies. I believe he eventually studied art at Liverpool and is now an artist. Edited by member, 8th Jun 2021 10:32 pm
Thanks Barbara, and yes I do remember Roger McPhail as a great artist (by our schoolboy standards, anyway) - he would bring wings in off dead birds and such and make drawings of them, which nobody else would have dreamt of doing!.I imagine he went the arts route while I went sciences, so less contact from 6th form onwards. Thinking of 6th form - I would never have remembered but for looking at the reverse of that photo yesterday, but in fourth year I plus others was in class 4x which must have been some experimental/accelerated stream - such that we did our "O" levels in fourth year rather than 5th, then if we did sufficiently well went straight into lower 6th, missing the 5th year instruction altogether. Which was good in some ways (stopped us being bored I guess) but less so in others in that we were then a year young to be doing "A" levels the following year, and consequently could have done better - at least I think so, having then got rather indifferent grades despite being bright enough to be in 4x. Ah well - led me to Leeds Uni and where I am today, all good!
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Tony R
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62 of 63  Wed 9th Jun 2021 4:32am  
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Roger (actually: Rodger) McPhail seems to be here (birth year / art college attended both correct) ... also own website ... beautiful work!!
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Tony R
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63 of 63  Wed 9th Jun 2021 8:22pm  
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I also remember a trip to Dol-y-Moch in Wales - a few days maybe - not sure if it was the same year as you, but it could have been. Canoeing on the river, botanizing with Mr Hobro as you say - I learned the names of mosses that I can still remember, possibly started my interest in biology, or perhaps I had that already. I did not know it then, but the place was/is associated with Coventry in particular, from their website today: "Situated in the Snowdonia National Park between the mountain and the sea, Plas Dol-y-Moch is a large 17th century country house set in gardens and woodlands in the Vale of Ffestiniog, and it has been Coventry's outdoor education centre since 1966." I had previously visited a centre in Surrey for a week long geography field course outside school (Juniper Hall near Dorking, owned by the Field Studies Council and open to booking from any groups - I got included via my parents, arranged through Warwick Museum I think) and such field trips (plus more at University) were always a highlight of studying! You learned so much more out in the field than in class and also a whole new approach to finding things out for yourself, under supervision of course, and writing them up as reports - a few still in the cupboard and make interesting reading many years later!
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