A Happy New Year
Another year passes and the website and blog are already well into our 18th year online. Jan and I would like to wish every one of our loyal supporters a truly Happy New Year and above all a healthy one.
New Film Archive
You will remember from a blog post earlier in the year that the website is now ‘frozen’ and we are in the process of transferring some of its archival material to this blog. The links in the website Film Archive will no longer work but today I am pleased to report that the whole of the Archive is now contained within this blog and can be accessed through the menu at the top of this page or by clicking HERE. Do take a look and let us know if you recognise yourself in one of the school trips and please can you let us have any ‘movie’ material you may still have which we can add to the Archive.
As from today, the Register has been reset for 2019 and as always is looking for new contacts. We now have over 400 old boys on the Register, their current towns and countries of residence and in most cases their email addresses so you can easily get in contact with old school pals. Please remember that if you change your details, especially your email address, do let us know so that the Register can be updated.
Christmas 1959 – Richard Beer
We are having a ‘clear-out’ in advance of building works in the house and
along with my original school cap, tie and CVTSCC hat, I found the attached
programme for the 1959 Christmas Concert.
Not sure whether you already have the attached in the image archive?
However, it is notable that you have, in distant 1959, already crossed the
trans/drag/panto boundary by performing as one ‘Nell Bracegirdle’, the
Come out, I dare you, (said in jest, of course, I’m sure you can handle that.)
Equally notable is the Interval of “(5 minutes)” – can you imagine the
pressure on the ‘bogs’ from the assembled throng?
Best regards and thanks for all your efforts.
Inventions – Clive Keen
In answer to a request earlier this year for old boys who were responsible for ‘inventing’ something, this was sent in by Clive Keen:
This doesn’t quite count as an invention since it wasn’t patentable, but I did have rather a useful idea in the mid-eighties when I was producing a prospectus for a polytechnic. The place was short of cash, so I was thinking of ways of reducing costs. I noted that copies were to be sent to around 7200 addresses (schools etc), exactly the same as every other university, college, and polytechnic in the country. Around 200 places in all, in fact, would be doing the same mailout. So I thought – why not distribute centrally, using large containers rather than the higher education system posting 700,000 small postal packages annually. I did some sums and realized that the system would save millions each year. I approached the appropriate powers, which of course dragged their feet. Failing to get them to act, I set up a company to do the job. Over the years since, it will have saved the education system hundreds of millions of pounds.
I indirectly got a UK professorship out of it, but shortly thereafter left to help set up a new university in Canada. Reg Mayo would have been happy that I’ve been known here since largely as an essayist.
Clive Keen, 1960-66.
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