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Best Years Of Your Life: Not [Jul. 16th, 2014|12:24 pm]
Tony Grist
My old school sends me a glossy magazine at intervals. I'm sure they'd like me to send them money by return, but I don't.

We drove past it a few weeks back. Ailz asked if I wanted to call in. I said, "No."

Lots of people can't resist though. There's proof in the glossy mag: pages and pages of full colour pictures of prosperous-looking grey haired blokes hob-nobbing.  One of them is Sir Tim Rice. He can't stay away. Every time the mag arrives he's all over it. In this issue he's reported to have given a speech in which he talks about the longevity of friendships made at school. I'm not friends with anyone I knew at school. Not a soul.

I was reading an article t'other day in which this trick cyclist was arguing that people who've been at boarding school are the worst people to entrust with power. No emotional intelligence, see.

 Wicked places. Socially divisive too. I'd close them all down.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2014-07-16 11:57 am (UTC)
Then...is that the school where Sir Time/Sir Andrew wrote Joe and the Coat?

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-07-16 12:27 pm (UTC)
No, it isn't. I think they were both young teachers at some other school.

ALW wasn't a pupil at Lancing. (Whoops, I've named it)
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From: cmcmck
2014-07-16 12:18 pm (UTC)
'I'm not friends with anyone I knew at school. Not a soul.'

That's two of us then.

School days are the best years of one's life'?

Hah!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-07-16 12:33 pm (UTC)
I'm puzzled by people who keep going back to their old schools.

Though I wouldn't say it to their faces I think they're a bit sad.
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From: cmcmck
2014-07-16 12:51 pm (UTC)
Mind you, if you consider my particular life experience it could be, shall we say, entertaining! :o)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-07-16 01:04 pm (UTC)
I was going to say, "I double dare you"- but that would have been childish. :)
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2014-07-16 01:20 pm (UTC)
They keep going back because school days really were the best days of their lives. Which is a sad commentary on their intervening decades, isn't it? (Of course, for some wealthy alumni/ae, there's a payoff in the adulation received from the obsequious fund-raising staff.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-07-16 02:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is a little sad.

I didn't hate my school days; there was good and bad in them- but I was very happy to leave them behind.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2014-07-16 01:30 pm (UTC)
Sentences like this only come out of the mouths of those whose life later turned into stress.
School, job - what's the difference?
In school you need to bring money up, in a job you also get money for what you do.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-07-16 02:09 pm (UTC)
School exists to break us in for a life of work.

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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2014-07-16 03:17 pm (UTC)
Seems no other than that.
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[User Picture]From: kinderheldin
2014-07-16 10:49 pm (UTC)
That's great.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2014-07-16 05:30 pm (UTC)
Was there no fagging, or systematic buggery of small boys? Obviously not a school with a great tradition, then.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-07-16 05:42 pm (UTC)
We had a mild form of fagging. I remember having to fetch bread and buns for older boys.

There was a lot of furtive sexual adventuring- some of which may have been abusive.
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