Author Topic: The Good News Thread  (Read 670236 times)

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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6850 on: December 29, 2019, 10:25:35 pm »
This evening I shall be entertaining three ladies. This in itself is good news, but when one considers that all three are former pupils and two of them were in my class in 1981, when they were about 9, that makes me especially pleased. I can't have done everything wrong.

Edit: of course, they could be planning to murder me...



We had a wonderful evening! From left to right, Juliet, Katherine, some old geezer, Lynnette.

I am amazed, to be honest, that they remember me so fondly. They were the first class to be subject to my tender mercies in junior teaching, after 6 years in a very rough boys' secondary modern. For me, it was a very steep learning curve with help from the Dep. Head (whom I must phone tomorrow - he's 85 and lives in rural Wales) but almost no-one else. I reckon I made more mistakes teaching that class than any since.

Katherine and Juliet still live locally, Lynnette lives in Normandy. Juliet was never in my class, but I remember her because, around the age of 10, she joined the school from Spain and couldn't speak any English, so was very noticeable and needed quite a bit of guidance whether in a classroom or the playground. She told me last night that she had very fond memories of Mrs. Furby, the woman in charge of remedial teaching (as it was called in those days, "Special Needs" not yet being a thing) and after she left she used to go and visit her at her house until one day Mr. Furby answered the door with the news that his wife had been taken ill and, within 3 weeks, had died from ovarian cancer. I don't think she reached pensionable age.
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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6851 on: January 11, 2020, 11:24:06 pm »
Arising out of the above, I have just been having a good FB natter with Lynnette, who is back in France looking after guests. We covered a good deal of the past 36 years. She mentioned having nursed her dad through his past few weeks of life. I know her mum died fairly recently.

I recall both her parents well - particularly the day they came to me and asked permission to take Lynnette out of school for a few days (can't recall how many) so that they could all attend the Glastonbury Festival. I also recall my response: "Of course! I am sure it will be more memorable and educational than being stuck in a stuffy classroom!" I got a bit of stick for that from the Head Teacher - it seems I was supposed to go through official channels with such a request. However, there's a good chance he would have refused because he was such a tedious old git. I don't actually remember thinking that it would be better not to tell him, but clearly I did the right thing.

She said this:

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Okay so it wasn't my 1st time then - i think I was 8 then.  I wandered off (as you could back then then - it was such an intimate festival) and on my own I stood in front of the pyramid and watched Chuck Berry/Muddy Waters and BB King - back to back 😃

No, I definitely couldn't compete with that!
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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6852 on: January 20, 2020, 10:46:24 am »
I seem to have completed my accounts for the financial year - the last set, as we wound the business up in March 2018. According to my calculations, we made a profit of £13 in the year.
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Re: The Good News Thread
« Reply #6853 on: January 20, 2020, 01:08:31 pm »
I miscalculated. The profit was actually £242. I have filled in and submitted my returns. I still don't have to pay any tax.
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