THE MAGAZINE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF OLD BRIGHTONIANS SUMMER 2005
T H E M AY B A L L C E L E B R AT E S BRIGHTON COLLEGE’S 160TH ANNIVERSARY It may have taken 160 years but Brighton College finally knows how to throw a really good party! After a rainy start to the day it was decided to abandon the planned Reception on the Lawns, opting for the safety of the Great Hall. Around 450 guests filed past the ‘living statue’ to enjoy a glass or two of Champagne as the College Swing Band demonstrated why it is in such high demand. Street entertainers mingled among the dinner jackets and gowns to create a truly joyous atmosphere. Just as we were admiring the style and sophistication of the event we were invited to
make the short walk to the Sports Hall for Dinner! Anyone not in the know might have been worried that this event was about to go rapidly down hill. So it would have been a shock to see the Home Ground surrounded by a white picket fence and garden party lighting, before entering the Sports Hall to find it had been totally transformed. A marquee had been erected inside to fill the vast space, turning it from a basketball court into a lavish ball venue. Beautiful flower arrangements and trees, brass chandeliers and bunting in College colours finished the venue perfectly. The addition of a 160th anniversary cake in the centre of each table was a lovely touch. It’s perhaps understandable that there were no candles on the cakes. OBs were very much outnumbered by parents, staff and governors, but our members were represented across the age range and it was great to meet some of them for the first time. It is truly special to be able to participate in something as special as a 160th birthday party, as the Headmaster intimated in his passionate toast to the College. In spite of his departure in December, it is clear he holds the College in high affection. As he pointed out, he has led the College for 5% of its lifetime and some would argue he leaves it stronger than ever. Thankfully it was still dry when we emerged from the Sports Hall to the Home
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
2 3 JOHNNY GOLD (L. 1940-45)
A. SYMONDS: CHANGES AT THE COLLEGE
7 Ground for the fireworks which were exceptional. The predictable gasps turned to spontaneous applause as the College coat of arms was illuminated in a major pyrotechnic display, and rightly so. It reminded us all what tonight was all about and what an achievement we were there to celebrate. The band, Cat Fish, deserve special praise for literally filling the dance floor in seconds. Had the space been larger, I am sure more would have joined in. Della Keighley and her Family Society committee excelled themselves, as did the caterers and everyone else associated with the event. It was a remarkable accomplishment and set the benchmark for future events at the College.
JOHM PAGE’S PERSONAL JUBILEE HALL OF FAME: GRAHAM KERR (D. 1946-49)
7 150TH ANNIVERSARY CRICKET DINNER FULL REPORT: BACK PAGE
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
This has been a fantastic year for Brighton College and the Association of Old Brightonians. The celebrations at the 160th Anniversary May Ball exceeded all our expectations, with more than 400 guests and a fireworks extravaganza. The Hospitality Day at Brands Hatch, kindly hosted by Old Brightonian Jonathan Palmer was a sell-out and will be repeated in 2006. A delegation, led by George Major, attended the British Beer Festival and the informal London Drinks in The Champagne Bar at The International, London, continue to be well supported. Tickets are selling fast for the Annual Dinner which will be held on Saturday 26 November in the College Dining Hall. Our Guest of Honour, Johnny Gold (Old Brightonian, founder of the legendary Tramp nightclub), will no doubt provide us with a trail of amusing and indiscrete anecdotes of his rich and famous clientele. I strongly recommend purchasing tickets urgently as space is limited and this will be Anthony Seldon’s final OBA function as Headmaster. The OBA is proud to be working more closely than ever with the College on a range of initiatives, among them a new careers service which will, we hope, enable current pupils to obtain work placements or mentoring advice from Old Brightonians and their companies. Any OBs who have not submitted their company details to us, it’s not too late and your participation would be most welcome. Lots of OBs have been in touch in recent months, many from abroad, such as Anthony Davies (H. 197782) who contacted us from San Francisco, Andy Godwin (D. 1976-80) currently resident in Spain, Robert Glover (S. 1972-77) who after much travelling settled in Australia and would like to organise a 30 year reunion in 2007 somewhere in Europe, Peter Somerville (L. 1968-72) who now runs a luxury hunting
and fishing lodge in New Zealand, Stephen Lee (C. 1985-87) who is based in the United States, Shukor Z. Abidin (C/S. 1998-2000) in Malaysia, and Evan Owen-Powell (L. 1994-99) who currently works for the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States in Apia, Samoa. I’m delighted that so many OBs, wherever they are in the world, realise they are still part of a thriving community here in Brighton. Many OBs, abroad and around the UK, have extended invitations to fellow OBs to look them up if in the area. If you are thinking of travelling to far flung places, please feel free to contact the OBA Office and if we can put you in touch with someone in that part of the world, we will. And if you’ve been to visit an OB somewhere exotic, please send us a report and photos if you have them! I would like to conclude by paying tribute to Anthony Seldon, who has now started his final term as Headmaster of the College and will pass the baton to Richard Cairns on 1 January 2006.
As a historian, Anthony will no doubt agree it is too soon to judge objectively what lasting impact his headship has made on the College and its other schools, but it is safe to say nobody who has worked with him will forget the experience! Personally, I have been inspired by his vision, energy, commitment and sheer determination. He has been a true figurehead and has bravely led from the front, ignoring those whose faint hearts might have urged a quieter, slower pace. Through initiatives with state schools and the City Forum, he has tried to demolish the barriers which historically exist between an elite institution and the community in which it sits, and he has stirred the national debate about standards in education. Put simply, Anthony has redefined the role of Headmaster in an independent school which can no longer rely solely on the prestige that a private education once commanded. He has made clear his intention to work until the final minute, and I am certain he will be true to his word, but as this is the final issue of The Pelican under his Headship, I wish him, his wife Joanna, and their family, every success and happiness for the future.
David Gold, (S. 1986-91) PS: Thanks to the many Old Brightonians who send me their news, opinions, photos, memories, and yes, their moans and groans! Keep them coming – email me directly at email@example.com
BRIGHTON COLLEGE ARCHIVES In the loft up high above Ryle House is a unique treasure trove of artefacts and documents detailing the history of this great College. The Archives are a little known, rarely visited corner of the College run by the former Junior School Head of History, Mrs Joyce Heater. As Honorary Archivist, appointed by Dr Seldon to save for posterity important documents, photographs and the like, Joyce works voluntarily and unaided to ensure future generations of historians can understand how the College has evolved. As we celebrate 160 years of College history, this has never been a more important role. The Association of Old Brightonians is working with Joyce to expand the collection, and in time, to find a new permanent home for these valuable items when the proposed Art Building becomes a reality.
If you have items from your College days gathering dust in your loft including blazers, ties, photographs, diaries you may have kept at the time, or anything else which might throw light on what life was like in days gone by, please get in touch as it may be useful to us. We also have a collection of books and publications by OBs, but there are significant gaps. If you have been published, please consider donating a copy of your book to the Archives to join such distinguished authors as Peter Mayle, Leonard Alfred George Strong and of course Dr Seldon who has just agreed to donate a copy of each of his own vast collection of works. Dr Ayan Panja has also just agreed to donate a copy of his book, A Medical Miscellany.
Either contact Joyce Heater through the OBA office on 01273-704250 or email David Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
LETTER FROM THE HEADMASTER As I write this, the new term is just about to begin at Brighton College.
when the results at Brighton College are amongst the very best?
I can hardly believe that it has been eight years since I succeeded John Leach in September 1997.
If I was to pick out one OB event in particular which symbolises for me the best of the College and the OBA, it was the visit organised by OB and governor Ian White to Ypres last year to unveil a plaque to OBs who fell in the war at St George's Chapel. Every single OB who came on that trip said it was one of the most memorable experiences in their lifetimes. I will never forget Clare Connor and other OBs reading poems aloud to the group at Sanctuary Wood, a system of trenches near Ypres, as the leaves fell and the group of forty gathered round in a hushed awe.
I was fortunate to take over a very good school indeed, which has been built up by John, Bill Blackshaw and their predecessors. The buildings are some of the finest in Sussex and the reputation of the College has always been of the highest. One of the highlights of my years at the College has been meeting so many Old Brightonians, increasing numbers of whom are parents or grandparents. After all, why should you send your children to any other independent school
Page 3 I would like to conclude by thanking the OB Presidents who I have worked alongside, who include Peter Dingemans, Richard Brightwell, Andrew Symonds, Jane Haviland and now David Gold, and the committee for all their tireless support and work. I'd also like to thank OBs themselves for all their kindnesses over the last eight years. It is a particular pleasure that the numbers of OBs will have swelled by over a thousand during my period as Headmaster.
VICE-PRESIDENTS’ LUNCHEON The President gave an address in which he praised Dr Seldon for his solid support for the OBA, singling out the erection of a memorial plaque at the English Church in Ypres to commemorate the OBs who gave their lives in the First World War as just one example of that. He concluded by thanking Anthony and his family, proposing a toast to them and their future success.
The inaugural Vice-Presidents’ Luncheon was held on Thursday 14 July at the Army & Navy Club, courtesy of Peter Miller (C. 1945-49). In spite of the chaos caused to the London transport system by the events of the previous week, all fourteen guests made it in time, many observing the 2 minute silent tribute to the victims of the London terrorist outrage en route. As always at these occasions, Peter was a splendid host who ensured that those who had not met before were introduced and those who had not seen one another in a while were reacquainted. His opening remarks about the power of the OBA tie seemed to strike a chord among some of the more senior guests, though it was noticeable that there were such an array of different OBA and College ties on display, even the OBA Administrator needed help to ascertain what anniversaries and events they all marked! We were delighted to welcome the Headmaster as our special guest. He gave a typically upbeat assessment of the College’s current position and we were united in
our admiration for all he has helped to achieve during his time in Brighton. He remarked that the Association has enjoyed a very good year so far and that he would be continuing to work solidly for the College and the OBA right up until his departure at the end of December. By way of demonstrating this, he announced that he will be visiting South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, China, and Korea in October / November, and would be meeting as many OBs living there as possible.
This event was the brainchild of Peter Miller and was unanimously considered a total success. So much so that the President has asked that another be planned for 2006 and that the guest list should be widened to include all former Presidents as well as VicePresidents. Our thanks to Peter for hosting such a memorable and delicious Luncheon and through him, our thanks to the Army & Navy Club for looking after us all so magnificently.
GUEST OF HONOUR: JOHNNY GOLD (L. 1940-45)
We are delighted that Old Brightonian and legendary nightclub host Johnny Gold (no relation to the current OBA President!) has agreed to be our Guest of Honour. After starting his professional career as a Brighton bookie, Johnny launched Tramp nightclub in London, one of the world's most exclusive night spots for more than 30 years and renowned for being the playground of the rich and famous. Thanks to his renowned discretion and charisma he has become a pivotal player among the glitterati, numbering scores of celebrities and royalty among his closest friends including Liza Minnelli, Roger Moore, Joan Collins, Michael Caine, Shirley Bassey and George Best. Although he sold his interest in Tramp some years ago,
he remains a regular face in the club. He was once quoted as saying "If you're a people person, like me, you need people. I like to look around the dance floor, see everyone going crazy, having a good time. I enjoy it." If his after dinner speech is anything like his book, it will be a fascinating insight into the world of the rich and famous from a man who has lived life to the full.
A full and updated list of attendees, and online ticket sales information, is posted at http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ annual_dinner_2005_01.htm
NEWS IN BRIEF...
Page 4 Headmaster to visit South Africa, Australia and Far East. Anthony will be visiting South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, China and Korea in late October / early November 2005 and would like to meet as many Old Brightonians and their families as possible during his tour. This will be one of his last major overseas excursions as Headmaster of Brighton College and proves his commitment to the College, and the Association of Old Brightonians. We would like to hear from any OBs who live in these countries as soon as possible so that Anthony's schedule can be prepared. Anyone with knowledge of OBs in those countries is also invited to send their details in confidence so that invitations can be sent to them on Anthony's behalf. A report of the Headmaster's trip will be posted on the website in due course.
ITINERY: 22 October Cape Town, 24 October Johannesburg, 26 October Perth, 28 October Melbourne, 29 October Sydney, 31 October Hong Kong, 2 November Beijing, 3 November Shanghai, 4 November Seoul
The Headmaster's visit to Stateside OB's Story - June 2005 Dr Seldon has just returned from a trip to the States during which he took the opportunity to meet with some local Old Brightonians. A visit to Martin Buss (D. 1954-58) on Long Island for lunch preceded a visit with John Drayson (B. 1945-50) at his house in DC. Dr Seldon then dropped in on Stanley Abraham (B. 1952-56) in Santa Monica, again for a lunch visit. Martin Buss, a contemporary of Robert Skidelsky (C. 1953-58), is remembered most recently for his generous donation that afforded the extensive refurbishment of the College squash courts in 2002. All are reported well and fit, and enjoying life in the colonies...
Appointment of new Headmaster and Chief Executive 16th June 2005 I am delighted to inform you that the Governors have unanimously agreed to invite Mr Richard Cairns to succeed Anthony Seldon in the above post and this invitation has been accepted. Richard Cairns will take up his appointment on 1st January 2006, Anthony Seldon remaining as Headmaster till 31st December.
Richard Cairns is 39 years old and for the past six years has been Usher (sole Deputy Head) of Magdalen College School, Oxford, an HMC school of 670 pupils from 7-18, which was recently voted ‘Independent School of the Year’ by the Sunday Times. Richard was educated at the The Oratory School, Reading, and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where he was an Exhibitioner and gained a first class honours degree in modern history. He emerged a clear and decisive winner from an exceptionally strong list of candidates. In him, governors are confident that they have found the right person to lead Brighton College forward in the manner which you as alumni have the right to expect. I would like to thank all of you who wrote to me and other governors letting us know what kind of person you would like as headmaster. I trust that we have fulfilled your expectations. I feel sure that you will soon grow to like and respect Richard Cairns, and come to think, as we do, that he is a worthy successor to Anthony Seldon. Chairman, Lord Skidelsky FBA
The Association of Old Brightonians is leading an appeal to former pupils for help in raising funds to build a new pavilion at the East Brighton Ground (the New Ground). We all know how desperate the facilities are at the New Ground, which as well as being an embarrassment when hosting matches with other prestigious schools, make life miserable for our current pupils. The added benefit to the OBA will be a permanent office for us as well as a bar and function suite to hold less formal social events and meetings.
HOW TO MAKE A DONATION: Simply complete the form below, and return along with a cheques for the appropriate amount (payable to the Pelican Pavilion) to the address at the bottom of the page.
The President wrote to Old Brightonians asking for their help and we have been grateful to those who have responded. A number of Old Brightonians have generously agreed to become Foundation Members, donating £3,000. Some have sent a one-off cheque while others have spread the payments over three years. Either way, the Government gives tax relief on charitable donations, which means such donations can become £4,200 at no additional cost to the donor! Many other OBs have been equally generous in sending what they can afford, with donations ranging from £20 upwards. This is fantastic because not only does every penny help us reach our target, it also shows the Pelican Pavilion is being funded by a broad donor base. A ‘group effort’ if you will. If you have not yet made a donation but might be willing to, please contact the President of the OBA directly – and in strict confidence. He will be very willing to discuss any issues with OBs, including how to spread payments. Names of donors will not be released publicly without prior consent. Contact David Gold by email : email@example.com or through the OBA office on 01273-704250.
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OB’S ENJOY JONATHAN PALMER’S HOSPITALITY
report by Alex Bremer (R. 1979-83) It had been some considerable time since the College had heard from one of her most famous sons, former Grand Prix racer Jonathan Palmer (A. 1969-74). In fact, to my recollection the last visit he paid to the school was when I had invited him to talk to the school’s Auto Club back in 1982!
the OBA’s next motorsport event might be in Monaco…
We were therefore particularly delighted when Jonathan contacted our President to invite the Association to enjoy a day’s hospitality at Brands Hatch. We were offered a large suite high above the main startline straight offering a magnificent view of every corner of the circuit. Our party of 30 was made up of a rich variety of OBs, friends and family – a great mix of parents and alumni that we felt perfectly reflected the culture of “inclusivity” that the OBA is so keen to promote. During one of Jonathan’s frequent visits to our suite he spoke to us all about his racing career and subsequent involvement in his Motorsport Sensation programme. He was genuinely delighted to welcome representatives of the college to Brands Hatch, and invited us to make this an annual event – of course we accepted on the spot! For many of our party this was their first visit to any kind of motor race. I myself had not been here in ages (I raced here in the late eighties, and saw Jonathan’s first Grand Prix here in 1983). It was heartening to see
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Alex Bremer (R. 1979-a83), Jonathan Palmer (A. 1969-74) and David Gold (S. 1986-91) Brands Hatch in such good shape – long gone are the days of cold meat pies on wind-swept and muddy trackside bankings (unless that’s what you want!). Jonathan has now bought Brands Hatch and he outlined his plans – he clearly has a vision and energy that convinced those of us who love this place that it is now in very good hands. For the entire day catering staff hovered around us ensuring our sustenance and refreshment as we witnessed an astonishing variety of colourful machines hurtle round the Kent countryside - occasionally vandalising the crash barriers below us – and I must take a moment to thank the staff at Brands Hatch. Without exception we encountered friendly and helpful personnel at every turn (pardon the pun) – they exemplify the leap forward in professional courtesy that one can now expect here. Tracy and Wendy treated us all like Royalty – most notably when my wife had to be despatched to the railway station to get to Margate for a show (the glamorous life of a dancer!); a taxi was summoned along with a natty little golf buggy to ferry her across the circuit to said cab! We could get used to this, we thought, and suggested to David Gold that
Robin Weldon (H. 1953-58 - seen here on the left) managed to track Richard Lewis (C. 1953-59 - seen here on the right) in Washington D.C. and the two had lunch reminiscing about the old times. They had not met since I left in 1958, and there was a lot to catch up on! They hope to meet again when Robin returns to D.C. next year.
The quality of the racing was as varied as the machinery on show; if the Porsches were a little processional, the touring cars more than made up or it, most notably in their second race when all involved appeared to have forgotten the highway code braking distances and Paddock Hill bend became lost in clouds of blue smoke and airborne gravel! Race after race we were treated to the site of young blades charging up the main straight towards us, diving down Paddock and off into oblivion. We were shocked to hear that some of said blades were in fact as young as 15, and Clive Hall’s (R. 1977-81) partner Claire was quick to advise her young son, Jake, “not to even think about it”. The race schedule was interrupted by a pit lane “walk about” – a wonderful opportunity for brand managers to shower us with brightly coloured baseball caps and literature expounding the virtues of tyres and cleaning fluids – and a magnificent lunch of cold meats and assorted foliage (delicious!). It was during lunch that we witnessed the moment that a Renault Clio decided it was time to pile headlong into the trackside barrier below our vantage point. It’s difficult to maintain one’s dignity when exclaiming “did you see that!?!” with a mouthful of poached salmon… but I think I managed it. On behalf of all those present I thank David Gold, Jonathan Palmer and Fiona Aiken for organising a magnificent day, and strongly urge all OBs to join us next year! It is especially encouraging that David is so keen to see more of this sort of event on our social calendar; events that compliment and contrast those traditional alumni standards of dinners and balls. More of the same please, Mr President!
Page 6 Even if you have not been back for five years, much has changed. Walk with me through the front arch and see what has happened in one generation of College boys and girls. As we enter the front quad a sense of peace and calm immediately settles on you after the busy Eastern Road traffic, (so long as you don’t visit in the chaotic drop off and pick up times at the start and finish of the school day). From the front quad nothing seems to have changed. The same graceful midnineteenth century buildings designed by Gilbert Scott. The roofs of those old buildings and those of the chapel are now being re-tiled, a testament to the quality of work all those years ago in an aggressive salt laden coastal environment. Let’s hope the new roof will last another 150 years! We turn left in the middle of the front quad and walk towards the main hall (built in 1912), the chapel on your right and two houses on your left. Nothing has changed except their names! We turn into the Woolton Block at the south end of the main hall and here there are two new classroom blocks, adjacent the 1960’s building that replaced Tamplins brewery on the south west corner site. This is gracefully landscaped with a water feature, to soothe the late running students rushing to their classes in the Woolton Building. Where the squash court used to be is now the Rose Foundation Lecture Theatre. This 115 seater bleachered theatre has proved its worth in a very short space of time.
WHEN DID YOU LAST VISIT BRIGHTON COLLEGE? BY ANDREW SYMONDS (A. 1955-59)
Retracing our steps back north between the chapel and hall, we pass the swimming pool and the ancient laboratories; a first for Brighton College when built. Many of us remember them as the music block. Now it is the Sixth Form Centre. But, what’s this? Where has the back quad gone? That draughty soulless area of tarmac, the scenes of square bashing cadets and windswept sweet papers. All gone! Now as we pass under the arch of the Lester Building there are shops on either side for books and clothes etc. We stand gazing at the modern glazed Performing Arts Centre (PAC for short) made possible by a substantial donations by old Brightonian Neville Abraham and the Headmaster from his book royalties. It is a three storey structure with a café on the ground floor heavily used and very popular with parents, visitors and students. The first floor has specially sound proofed music practice rooms and the top floor a superb dance studio, so popular that if the College had three more of the same, they would all be fully used! The PAC links into the rear of the main building where the dining hall and kitchen have undergone significant upgrades and have to cater for 1200 students plus staff every working day. The front porch and lobby are currently undergoing a radical change, courtesy of Martin Buss - another old Brightonian, based in the
USA. It will be turned into a reception area, with the porters and security staff moved to the front arch where they can be more effective. Upstairs in the main block, past portraits of all past Headmasters, we arrive at the library. Another transformation! Now it has a mezzanine storey and stretches into the rooms on either side, where OBs of 50 years plus vintage will have been taught Latin by Blimp (Mr Hill) and maths by Alf (Mr Lester). Computer screens abound to aid research and an electronic security screen to prevent unauthorised borrowings. Now we leave the main College campus for the Montague Centre for Dramatic Arts and Music. We turn right out of the College and second left down Montague Place to the end, a four minute walk. This old Methodist Church had been converted into recording studios for a rock band. The College with the assistance of Scholarship Board funds converted this interesting building into a theatre and music rooms for groups rather than individuals. This walk looks at all the major changes of the last 5 years, but before we go, what of the future? The large lawn opposite the Headmasters House has always been kept for a significant and architecturally exciting building. Plans are afoot to build a three storey modern block to fill this open space. It is anticipated calling it the Alexander Visual Arts Centre to house the currently poorly accommodated Arts departments in both the College and Prep School. Other major expenditure recently has been the £750,000 upgrading of the boarding areas to provide improved facilities, particularly in the wet areas. As our walk has revealed, there has been approximately £4 million expenditure over the last five years in which individual old Brightonians have made an invaluable contribution. What new developments will the next 5 years bring, and do you want to be part of it?
MEMORIES OF BRIGHTON COLLEGE At the risk of incurring libel and defamation suits, we publish here Pat Lyford's (C. 1949-55) affectionate recollections of his masters' nicknames and mannerisms… "Reading John Page's three pieces about his time at Brighton, makes me realise how fortunate I was to have had masters such as he mentions and it reminds me of some of their nicknames and peculiarities or mannerisms!" Bill Stewart: 'the Hun' or 'the Duke'. R E Lester: 'Weed', hated cats and frequently used his water pistol or catapult against them. T R Davidson: (I won't mention his nickname) often brought his pet barn owl into the College, where it would sit perched on the front seat of his car until he had finished teaching. H B Davison (not to be confused with TRD): 'Dego', with his 10 words of French vocab each day. Norman Frith: 'Nero'. T A Hill: 'Blimp' or 'Tubby'. A remarkable man who was Head of Chichester in 1912 (I think), served in WW1 and returned to teach at Brighton after University and was still trying to teach me Latin in 1953 (De Bello Gallico Book V). R L Farnell: 'Spits' (for obvious reasons - we tried to avoid sitting in his front row) "You cuckoo - it's 'different from' and 'opposite to'". Tom Smart: a lovely man who always greeted us with " 'Allo boy". D O Dykes: 'Daddy', exhorting the swimming squad to swim "40
length as fast as you can if not faster". Leslie George Upson, RSM and shooting coach, greeting every "miss" with "Still travelling" - "Shooting team - I've shot 'em". Lt.Col V G Smyth DSO OBE: reminds me of a Field Day when we discovered that stones from dates in our lunch packs were almost .303" and were excellent missiles to accompany the .303 blanks we were issued with - quite lethal! The Reverend C J Peters: 'Holy Joe' or just 'Bill' - another lovely man. Married Jane Hough, who taught music. H E Needham-Brown, who caused great consternation when Bill Peters announced someone's (Edward Finch?) banns of marriage, by leaving his organ seat to stand before the Padre's pew. Fortunately, he was not declaring a 'just cause or impediment' but that the organ had broken down!. 'Big Bill' or 'Jock' Campbell who introduced me to the glories of Schubert's "Die Schone Mullerin" on a windup gramophone in his drawing room in School House. 'Jock' Henderson, who taught German and who had travelled much in Germany before WW2. 'Bill' Lloyd: 'Pappy' - foot inspections in the dormitory. Gordon Davis, 'Bouncer' who was "Blue Line", ice hockey correspondent of the Evening Argus. Always
played "To a Wild Rose" on the organ with full tremolo, bouncing away on the organ seat. F J Ormerod: 'Fijo' teaching physics in a bitterly cold laboratory above the engineering workshops. Philip Dore: a great musician whose motor bike had a habit of catching fire in the front quad with him astride. Also had a marvellous technique of pushing in organ stops with his nose. Peter Gough: marvellous producer of so many school plays. His hanging scene in "The Spanish Tragedy" was so realistic that the Headmaster's wife demanded that it be made less realistic! His wife, Daphne was the daughter of Lesley Banks, the actor, and designed and made most of the costumes and scenery. Commander Head the Bursar and Miss Ball, who allowed us to use the Gestetner duplicator to print the Pelican. An archive of College Memories is posted here: http:// www.oldbrightonians.com/ cont_archive_01.htm
A PERSONAL JUBILEE 3 BY JOHN PAGE (MASTER, 1954-85) Many Old Brightonians I have met during my retirement have memories about their experiences in the CCF and I thought this third – and final – instalment of reminiscences over the last fifty years should deal with the Corps and why I became involved. When I joined the Common Room in 1954 the CCF was run as a private fiefdom by Lt. Col. V G Smyth, DSO, OBE. He had enjoyed a distinguished career of 34 years as a regular officer in the Royal Artillery, serving in the Middle East, India and China. The calculating skills needed as a Gunner were useful in teaching Mathematics to lower sets and his travels equipped him to include personal experiences in his Geography lessons. According to current folklore he could be distracted from the syllabus by appropriate questions and persuaded to tell stories about his different campaigns, particularly with Allenby in Palestine, 1917, where a Turkish shell passed through his legs without exploding. He still wore his highly-polished riding boots on formal parade and when he went to Annual Camp insisted on the status and services due to an officer of Field Rank – much to the consternation of the permanent staff who did not expect officers with the cadets to outrank them or know Queen’s regulations. He was loyally supported by RSM Upton (‘Leslie George’) who ran the Armoury and as a Warrant Officer in the Royal Marines Small Arms School at Hythe was well qualified to coach shooting, both with .22 rifles under the Hall and on the open range at Steyning with .303 Lee-Enfields. Financial support for the CCF, which had replaced the JTC in 1950, came from the War Department and the size of each school’s budget depended on the percentage of cadets who passed Certificate A, Parts I and II. The all-day tests were carried out by a visiting team of Regulars and Colonel Smyth always took the officers out for a slap-up lunch at the Royal Crescent, while the NCOs were liberally and liquidly entertained by Leslie George at his favourite hostelry. Then in the afternoon any boy who had failed in the morning could be generously re-marked and the College grant could be guaranteed for the next year. In fact most of the money was spent on hiring the full Royal Artillery band to accompany the March Past on the occasion of the Annual General Inspection. To prepare for the ceremony the Inter-House Drill competition was always scheduled to take place in the preceding week. House spirit could be relied on to induce even the most reluctant participant to make some effort to clean his kit properly and march in step. It was one contest in which the Day Houses usually prevailed as the boarders resented being removed from their evening leisure activities to practise on the Back Quad. At that time there were enough rifles in the
infantry motor battalions in an armoured division and every officer had to learn how to maintain and drive or ride all types of vehicle. Those six weeks at a school of Driving and Maintenance in the Lake District were the most enjoyable part of the OCTU and I have always been grateful for the Army’s tuition in the operation of the internal combustion engine and of a non-synchromesh gearbox. We were told on being introduced to unwieldy 500cc side-valve BSAs that the motor bicycle had taken the place of the horse in the training of a modern officer and most of the ensuing practice was very much cross-country.
Armoury for every cadet to carry his own but that did not make it any easier for the senior NCO in each House to achieve the requisite coordinated uniformity as his squad sloped, presented and ported arms. It must have been a trial for Col. Smyth that the officers under his command at Brighton College were schoolmasters playing at being soldiers on a Friday afternoon. In fact I can recall from the Army Section only Reg Henderson who had been in the Intelligence Corps interrogating German POWs and Bernard Boddy, ex-RAF, whose faded service blue raincoat seemed a permanent item of his outdoor clothing. So my arrival was welcomed as I had some non-combatant infantry training as the following digression will explain. I had joined the KRRC in December 1943 because it was the regiment in which my father has served in WWI and the six weeks of basic training proved a salutary cultural shock after a very sheltered upbringing. Ten years of boarding school had not prepared me for life in a barrack-room where on the first night I was bawdily mocked for being the only one of 35 recruits who put on pyjamas. My companions tried to enlighten my innocence by sticking pornographic pictures round the bunk-bed. After that period I found myself in a pre-OCTU squad up on the Yorkshire Moors and realised the 60th Rifles liked to consider themselves an elite unit because the only reading matter that reached our remote outpost as we endured the rigorous training was the weekly issue of the Eton Chronicle. The KRRC and the Rifle Brigade provided
By the time I was commissioned the war in Europe was over and I found myself shipped out to the Middle East and attached to the Sherwood Foresters in Palestine where the 1st Infantry Division was attempting to enforce the Mandate. All the experienced war-time staff officers were being demobilized and my CO was asked to send up to Brigade HQ a young man who could use a knife and fork. That was my sole qualification for becoming Brigade Intelligence Officer expected to track down information about the terrorist activities of The Stern Gang and I.Z.L. In fact my only contribution to a congenial small Mess of 10 officers was to check unreliable accounts of our Palestinian cook. However the posting made me an Acting Captain (a rank my father achieved after three years in the trenches) and ensured permanent scepticism about the reliability of the British Intelligence community – quite apart from their nurturing of the Cambridge spies. My own release came in time to go up to Oxford for the Michaelmas term, 1947. As the Sussex Regiment was the parent unit of the Brighton College CCF I had to discard the black buttons and fast pace of a rifleman and learn to stamp and polish. Luckily when Col. Smyth retired in 1957 (presented with a silver cigarette box by the Under-Officer Conrad Griffiths) and I took over command, the RSM felt responsible for ensuring my kit was properly cleaned. Every boy in the school still had to be a member of the Corps and I took the first small step in easing compulsion by excusing scholarship candidates in their seventh term in the Sixth Form. Other innovations were Field Days that entailed tactical exercises out in the countryside, including night operations, and the start of the Arduous Training camps in the continued on page 10...
1980 Silver Reunion: The following OBs are attending a reunion of 1980 leavers at the Annual Dinner (see page 3): Peter Binning (C. 1975-80) and Anita Fulton Shaun Cheesman (H. 1975-80) and Elizabeth Williams Andrew Currie (L. 1975-80) and Britt Gardiner Alasdair Paul (C. 1976-80) and Heather Paul (nee Barbour, F. 1978-80) Please contact the OBA office if you'd like to join them… Calling all members of the 1949 Brighton College P.T. Team Ian Stone (A. 1945-49) would like to arrange a reunion at this year's Annual Dinner on Sat 26
MESSAGES FROM OLD BRIGHTONIANS November when Johnny Gold (B. 194550) will be the guest speaker. He would like to trace the following P.T. Team members:David Madden (D. 1946-50) Timothy Palmer (S. 1948-52) Robert Watterton (A. 1945-50) Ian Glassborow (S. 1945-50) William Welford (B. 1945-50) If anyone knows the whereabouts of any of the above, please contact Ian Stone, 80 Walsingham Road, Hove, BN3 4FF. Tel: 01273 326644(H) or 07941 327420 (M) Or contact the Fiona Aiken in the OBA Office on 01273 704250 or email@example.com.
LONDON DRINKS Tuesday 11 October 2005 6pm onwards The Champagne Bar @ The International 116 St Martin's Lane London WC2 All OBs, spouses, partners and friends all welcome, young and old alike. Cash Bar offering a wide range of drinks (not just Champagne!) and light snacks.
NEWS FROM OLD BRIGHTONIANS Robert M Thompson (B. 1951-55) I have not been back to the College since I left. My only excuse is really one of distance - nothing has conspired to take me back to Brighton. I am not presently in contact with anyone from the College. I have spent my working life, firstly in a family business for 25 years living mainly in Yorkshire and Northern Ireland and then in Financial Services with St. James's Place until my retirement in 2002. Nothing very outstanding to report I'm afraid. I have lived in Cambridgeshire for 32 years where I raised three children, two now married and have four grandchildren. I am still married! I hope you have a splendid time on September 10 and I send warmest greetings to all fellow Old Brightonians in the Class of 55 and especially those from Bristol House. Anthony Davies (H. 1977-82) I have been living in the USA for twelve years, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area, greatly enjoying working in the biotech industry. I have
been head of process development and manufacturing at a series of mostly venture capital-funded companies over this period. I have been married to Joan, who I met while she was a biology graduate student at Stanford University, for three years. The closest we have come to children are two gorgeous Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs. Joan is a former professional road cyclist and for the last ten years I have been a competitive distance runner. I have only really stayed in touch with Aidan Cruttenden, but would love to hear from any OBs or staff who live in or visit California or are involved in the biotech industry. Robin N Barrett (L. 1964-70) I have recently retired from American Express where I was Senior Vice President of Information Technology for about half the company worldwide and a member of
Tom Doig (C. 1986-90) - left - married Dr Heather Gibbons at The Molly Pitcher Inn, Redbank, New Jersey, USA on 9th April 2005. OB’s present included Victor Heal, Andrew Sell and David Lawrence. Tom and Heather honeymooned in Fiji, and make their home in Highlands, NJ. Penelope Fraser (W. 1991-93) and her husband, William, are delighted to announce the arrival of their daughter, Amelia Joanna Mary, born on 24th May 2005
the Global Management Team of the top 40 executives. I have long held a goal to set up my own business in my mid-50s as a personal challenge for a change of career, and I am now building a Human Performance Managemnent practice focussing on Leadership and Organisational Development. My new Company is called Fluence Limited, and I have also become an active Director of Orbys Consulting, the leading European Oursourcing Advisory company.
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in Geneva, Switzerland, where they are living. Kate Payne (F. 1984-86) and her husband Ewan Wauchope are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Duncan, on 18 January 2005, a brother for Molly and Eliza. More births and marriages at: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ marriages_01.htm
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MEMORIES OF BRIGHTON COLLEGE Rev W W Davidson (H. 1934-39) recalls his time at Brighton College with his twin brother, Henry Davidson (H. 1934-39) . By this time (1934) the war – or Great War as it was always referred to – had ended some sixteen years before. At the time of writing (November 1993) we have just marked the 75th anniversary of what was then called Armistice Day – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, when the Armistice took effect. Then there was one minute’s silence and it was silence: the traffic stopped and people stood still wherever they were. It was impressive. That was the minute of Remembrance, the name by which we observe it today. It is now always on a Sunday. This year some of the surviving veterans of Ypres (which the Tommies called Wipers!) in their nineties, together with H.M. the Queen Mother, in her 93rd year, gathered in Westminster Abbey. 1914-1918 is a long time ago. Those who actually remember Flanders and other battlefields had their young minds indelibly imprinted by sights, sounds and emotional events which changed their personalities in a flash. Similarly, we who survived the Second World War are marked. I recall the first occasion Henry and I met Dorothy Hett, the wife of Walter Hett, Headmaster of Brighton College, which was on our return from Europe and the Far East. Dorothy and
mother were sitting on a tree trunk in the garden of their house, Warrior’s Wood, in Cobham. She was weeping and mother asked what was the cause of the tears. She said she was so shocked to see how two young men (we were 26) had so aged. We were both bald at the front. Again, my stepson-in-law’s father was described as, “a young man who had seen too much too young”. He was a Lancaster Bomber Captain. The masters at the College were recruited from First World War veterans. War is a damaging experience. At whatever point in history an individual begins his or her education the climate of society makes a huge difference. In those days life was pretty uncomplicated. Every man and boy had his hair cut short back and sides. We wore uniform at school. Discipline was strict but not oppressive. We knew where we stood. We had targets to aim at. I shall always remember our first day at Brighton College, January 1934 – it was unforgettable – dressed in grown up uniform: black shoes, grey flannel trousers (worsted had not been invented), dark jacket, white shirt with detachable collar and black tie and – yes – on top of that a speckled boater with a broad band
consisting of dark blue and dark red ribbon round it. How to wear it? Straight, was the answer. It felt strange walking up Paston Place to the Royal County Hospital, turning left, and then on to ‘The College’, as it was called, some quarter of a mile down Eastern Road. We always wore a Mac made of gabardine – blue, with a belt and buckle. This was the standard for many schools. I recall some twenty years’ later being issued with one when I joined the Royal Navy as a chaplain (but no belt!) . Henry and I had splendid examples of true Christian living at home and at the College. It was a fine start to our manhood which was about to be tested in war. On Armistice Day we sang, ‘O Valiant Hearts’. Being young, it was impressive to hear the school clock strike and the Maroon sounded from the centre of Brighton by the War Memorial. The staff knew what we could not, but we caught the atmosphere. In a few years we were to have our own war experience to experience.
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Page 10 John Page’s Personal Jubilee 3 - continued... Easter holidays. Everyone will have his favourite story about the military fiascos but my deepest blush recalls the night exercise round Cuckmere Haven where at last I could try out the Verey pistol and its stock of coloured flares that Leslie George kept secreted in the Armoury. Next day the Argus reported how the Newhaven lifeboat had been called out on an abortive mission because of a false distress signal. I feel shamefaced also at how illequipped we all were for the rigours of the first Arduous Training in the Scottish mountains. It seemed a wonderful opportunity to travel so far at the Army’s expense and camp out for a week during the Easter holidays living on compo rations. Our only waterproofs were groundsheets and wearing thin denims we had to carry on our shoulders heavy twoman permeable bivouacs. (The rain poured round, in and through.) Despite blizzards and the wet and cold we survived getting lost in the mist swirling over the Highland screes and it proved a memorable experience. My Section included a publican’s son who had been smoking since the age of ten and could light a match in a gale, ensuring we could ignite our Tommy
cookers to warm our food or start a bonfire to dry ourselves and our clothes. We were also grateful to one of Bayliss-Smith’s sons whose zoological skills enabled him to extract unlaid eggs from a scrawny fowl purchased from a crofter that greatly enriched the monotonous tinned stew. We attached the head to a pole which became our talisman and led the parade as we marched down the platform of King’s Cross on our way home. Llangollen was another destination, where I knew the town’s solicitor and he arranged for the police to safeguard our rifles when we did not need them. In return we carried out a realistic night exercise to catch poachers stealing salmon from the River Dee. Roger Minor was most imaginative at thinking up improbable scenarios and for one exercise in those Welsh hills to keep the two warring parties apart his scheme inflicted instant sterility on anyone descending below 2000 during the hours of daylight. His long service earned him a third pip and we all regretted he retired from active service before he could
become ‘Major Minor’. It is a wonder in these safety-conscious times that no worse casualties resulted from the unrestricted use of blank cartridges and thunderflashes than ringing ears and an occasional burn. Another hazard to which cadets were exposed was that a civilian driving licence equipped CCF officers to drive WD 3-tonners during Annual Camp, although the boys in fume-filled rear of the vehicles had to endure nasty noises from unskilled operation of the crash-gearboxes. Back in Brighton we tried to enhance the AGI programme by displaying some of the training being carried out by cadet NCOs – after all the CCF was the one branch of the school where the teaching was done by the pupils. With the help of Dick Braybon we had constructed an assault course on the New Ground and the REME Section was also going to demonstrate their driving skills. Jill Stewart’s brother had passed on to us his superannuated RollsRoyce with a shooting-brake body built onto its massive chassis. Unfortunately the novice continued on page 11...
OLD BRIGHTONIAN LODGE NO. 4104 - PETER COCKBURN, SECRETARY, (S. 1959-64) The Freemason’s Lodge associated with Brighton College established in 1920 continues to thrive and this year is under the Mastership of Adrian Latham parent of Lucy [Williams 0204 ] and Josie who started in the Sixth form last September. In October we had a small but successful cocktail party at the Café De Paris when several interested Old Brightonians and parents came to enjoy the evening with members. The charitable aspects of the Lodge and of Freemasonry in general were exemplified by a donation of £100,000 to the Tsunami appeal within a few days of the disaster striking. Our Bursary to a pupil at the College was awarded this year to a very able younger boy to enable him to stay at School after
family misfortune. Our January Meeting was illuminated by a lecture on Freemasonry in Mesopotamia (Modern Iraq) by Michael Hearn (L. 1971-75) The next meetings will be on June 17th and September 2nd. Old Brightonians who are Masons are particularly welcome to visit the Lodge and should contact the Secretary Peter Cockburn on 01444 811004 for details, as should any other OBs who are interested in becoming Freemasons or joining the Lodge. We meet four times a year and dine afterwards at the College.
On Friday, 13th. May, 2005, a party of 21 members of the OB Lodge and their guests attended a performance of "How to succeed in business without really trying" at the Chichester Festival Theatre . This is the second visit to be arranged by Chris Apps. Last year they saw "Out of this World" which was another musical by Frand Loesser amnd proved a great success. It was once more a very successful and enjoyable evening which we hope to repeat next year. Any OB who is interested in joining the party should contact Chris. Apps (01273/400166).
MISSING OB’S please contact the OBA office if you have any contact details for the following: Dahl, C O (C. 1978-81) Dampney, R N (H. 1983-88) Dance, D J (S. 1986-91) Danilov, Artour (S. 1997-01) Dantzic, Roy M (D. 1957-62) Dash, Mihir (C. 1984-86) Davies, C V (S. 1945-49) Davis, A J (L. 1986-94) Davis, G I (A. 1974-77) Davis, N N (F. 1988-90) Dawborn, A N (L. 1973-78) De Vick, L S L (F. 1990-92) Dean, R A (C. 1974-79) Dean, R B (L. 1960-65) Denton, I H (B. 1975-80) Desai, J H (C. 1976-79) Desta, Fregenet G (F. 1994-96)
Devilly, G J (A. 1980-85) Dicks, G C (S. 1985-88) Dilley, E W (L. 1970-77) Di Mucci, P P (A. 1983-86) Djadidian, Sepehr (C. 1984-89) Doherty (nee Badman), Rebecca J (F. 1994-96) Doherty, Toluwalope (F. 2000-02 Donaghy, B J (A. 1981-84) Downey, S A (D. 1978-81) Draffan, M G (A. 1981-86) Dumont, P (F. 1981-83) Dunbar, A N T (C. 1984-89) Dunbar, P K S (C. 1983-87) Durnford, T R M (D. 1980-85) Eaton, Mark J H (D. 1975-80) Edgell, J J J (C. 1968-70) Edwards, Christopher G (D. 1957-60)
Edwards, R J M (C. 1960-64) Elford, Jonathan (H. 1995-97) Elliott, D J M (L. 1975-80) Elliott, D M (L. 1948-51) Elliott, J F (L. 1977-80) Ellis (nee Stead), Caroline (F. 1976-78) Elman, R I (D. 1946-50) Evans, A W (R. 1981-86) Evans, B L (D. 1970-74) Evans, R Anthony R (S. 1980-83 Evans, R H (A. 1973-77) Evans, Tara T (F. 1990-92) Everett, I B (A. 1983-86)
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OBITUARIES Oliver H Brown OBE (S. 1927-31) SOE officer who trained guerrilla teams for the French and Dutch resistance. Died, 2nd July 2005, aged 91 Despite having no relevant experience, Oliver Brown became the chief instructor at Milton Hall, Peterborough, where agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) were trained in guerrilla warfare and sabotage in preparation for being parachuted into German-occupied France and the Low Countries. Forty years later he received the Netherlands Resistance Memorial Cross for training Dutch agents. Together with other members of Jedburgh teams returned from France, Brown volunteered for service against the Japanese with SOE in the Far East. In Ceylon, then the Headquarters of South-East Asia Command, he was appointed commanding officer of the SOE training camp near Colombo, where the Jedburgh volunteers had been concentrated. SOE groups, some former Jedburghs, were used with success in Burma, Malaya and Siam (now Thailand). Brown was appointed OBE for his services in the Far East. After the war he returned to Lloyds Bank, eventually becoming the manager in Oxford and a Liberal town councillor in Wallington, Surrey. His wife, Audrey, predeceased him. He is survived by two sons and two daughters.
John Page’s Personal Jubilee 3 - continued... chauffeur at the wheel at the time engaged reverse gear and went astern at excessive speed straight into the Inspecting General’s smart staff car. As he was an Old Brightonian with a good sense of humour he was able to square the authorities without anyone being court-martialled. However an official Court of Enquiry was convened when some Sten guns disappeared from the Armoury – a visiting regular CQMS making good a deficiency in his own stores? Not all Annual Inspections were as eventful and by the time RSM Upson retired in 1967 with the British Empire Medal after 41 years of continuous service Peter Points had taken over and he secured the redoubtable talents of RSM O’Connell. Peter was one of three colleagues who went on to become Headmasters and on retirement returned to Sussex and became Governors who could help decide policy with valuable expertise and inherent loyalty to an institution they had already served once. This appointment adds a satisfying suggestion of cyclical composition to my narrative because Chris O’Connell’s Adjutant in 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards had been Guy Head, younger son of Commander Head (Bursar 1949-63), who had been my only contact with Brighton College long before I knew I would spend
Page 11 Lieutenant-Colonel Freddie Allen (S. 1927-27) Lieutenant-Colonel Freddie Allen won two DSOs in 1945 in the battles of the Ardennes and the Reichswald. Died, 29th June 2005, aged 92 When the war ended, Allen, who spoke fluent German, was involved in the reconstruction of Germany. He was appointed Military Governor of Brunswick and then joined the finance division of the British Military Government. In 1946 he returned to the insurance industry. He joined the Stewart Smith Group as a director two years later and became managing director in 1955, retiring in 1976. The following year, he took part in Operation Winterwalk in which some 200 British Officers and NCOs, together with American and German participants, re-enacted some of the major events of the Ardennes campaign. In 1997, Allen went to America to be closer to his son and grandchildren, and moved into a retirement community at Rye, New York. Freddie Allen died on June 29. He married, in 1936, Dorothy Maltzahn, the daughter of a German father and a Scottish mother. She predeceased him and he is survived by their son.
Captain Robert MacWhirter (S. 1930-34) An expert pilot of the slow but versatile amphibian biplane, the Walrus, whose rectangular outline concealed the fact that it was made by Supermarine, manufacturer of the Spitfire. Died aged 88. When MacWhirter ceased flying in 1955, he had flown 2,957 hours in 64 types of aircraft including biplanes, helicopters and jets. A Firefly preserved in the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton is painted in the markings of MacWhirter’s aircraft. After retiring from the Navy, he worked as personnel manager for Fisons before buying a fruit farm at Boxford, Suffolk. He sailed Dragonflies and 505s on the Deben and was a member of the Royal Harwich Yacht Club. Later he retired to Chichester. MacWhirter, who died on June 26, married Dorothy Vekins before the war and, in 1949, Rita Lorraine Daly, who died earlier this year. A son predeceased him, and he is survived by a son of his first marriage and a son and daughter of his second.
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almost all my teaching career there. I was at school with Guy Head in the 40s and while the rest of his family were in the Royal Navy he joined the Brigade of Guards and ended his eminent career in command of the Sultan’s Forces in Oman, where I met him during my sabbatical year on VSO in Salalah. (See The Brightonian, May 1974!) You do not reach Warrant Officer status in the Irish Guards without being a fearsome martinet on the parade ground with the right voice, vocabulary and presence but just as important in a cadet force were Chris’s irrepressible sense of humour and his inexhaustible fund of stories, in addition to his experience of running Junior Leadership courses in the Army. His knowledge and ability to display and instil mountain skills on Arduous Training camps in the Cairngorms, Mountains of Mourne and elsewhere was another valuable distinction. What became apparent later – perhaps surprisingly in a Regimental Sergeant Major – was an empathy with the young that often detected a troubled soul. Many a boy and girl found a sympathetic listener and wise counsellor in the Armoury where they could disclose worries that would not otherwise be
eased. As an interested observer I could watch with vicarious pleasure how the Corps, thanks to his contribution, proceeded to prosper and it received public recognition when in 1972 Brighton College was the school selected to provide the Army Section of the CCF contingent for the Queen’s Jubilee parade of the Armed Forces. As an additional honour the British Empire Medal was presented to Chris and he was also given the Lord Lieutenant’s Award ‘for meritorious service’. But that is a tale to be told by another in fifty years’ time. P.S. I see that the last issue of The Pelican printed my second instalment, instead of the first in which I had explained what had set off this train of reminiscences. In fact it was last November’s Remembrance Service where I saw the date of 2004 was exactly 50 years since the first one I had attended. To explain the title ‘Jubilee’ I quoted the instructions about seven Sabbaths of years given to Moses on Mount Sinai (Book of Leviticus XXV; 10) ‘Ye shall hallow the fiftieth year.’ Hence the subsequent Old Testament references which may have baffled some readers.
12 - Tuesday 11 October 2005 - 6pm onwards OBPage Reunion The Champagne Bar @ The International, 116 St Martin's Lane, London WC2 All OBs, spouses, partners and friends all welcome, young and old alike. Cash Bar offering a wide range of drinks (not just Champagne!) and light snacks. No tickets are required and there's no need to book, though by all means let us know if you're planning to come along or want help in encouraging others of your era. Details of the venue and how to find it are on their website: www.theinternational.uk.com - it's on the corner of St Martin's Lane closest to Trafalgar Square. The Champagne Bar is in the basement and the OBs have exclusive use for the evening. These informal events are now a major part of the Old Brightonian social scene, great for networking and catching up
with old friends. Regulars and new comers always welcome. There’s no Dress Code, so come straight from work, en route to another event or make it part of a special trip to London! David Gold, OBA President (S. 1986-91 ) More information available from Fiona in the OB office or David Gold by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Annual Dinner Special Offer Dr Anthony Seldon invites all OB's who attended the College during his tenure (leavers of 1997 to present) to attend the Annual Dinner - his last OB event as Headmaster - at a discounted rate of £25 per person (£45 per couple).
Scholars Concert in Honour of Gavin Henderson. All musicians and music fans are welcome - contact us for details.
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ORUFC Vets v Ditchling Vets
OBA London Drinks
ORUFC - Sussex Cup
ORUFC v Arun
Remembrance Day Chapel service & lunch
OBA Annual Dinner & AGM
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The International, WC2
ORUFC v Shoreham
ORUFC v Eastbourne 3rds
A Musical Evening in honour of Gavin Henderson
Calling all Durnford House OBs! There will be a special celebration of 100 years of Durnford next February. Contact us now via email (email@example.com ) or on +44 (0)1273 704250 to register to receive details.
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ORUFC v Hove B
ORUFC v Eastbourne
ORUFC Vets v Ditchling Vets
Vice President's Lunch Kindly hosted by Peter Miller.
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150TH ANNIVERSARY CRICKET DINNER (CONT.) internationals. The standards are now set very high and I feel privileged to have played with and against both of them at the college. The first time I saw Basid play he wandered out to bat and John Spencer had told me he was a rare talent. He took his guard left-handed and after blocking the first couple of balls he belted the next two for glorious boundaries. What a player I thought. Patrick Spencer was batting at the other end and was literally wetting himself. Pat what’s the problem I asked him at the end of the over. His reply between sniggers was that Basid normally batted right-handed! My first experience of Matt also included Pat as he was bowling to me in the college v. OBA annual match. Having not played Pat particularly well on this occasion Matt chipped in with a few choice comments as he was keeping. Well not to be out done by a young up start I stopped Pat as he was about to bowl and gave Matt a piece of mind. Perfect I now felt in control again, the only problem was that next ball I didn’t read Pat’s googley and was clean bowled. How embarrassing but to Matt’s credit he didn’t say anything as I walked off. The Dinner moved on through the courses and was a fantastic success with all of us exchanging stories and memories just like I have done with Matt and Basid. Most of the talk was about cricket but on a night like this where you meet up with people that you have not seen for many years it is a chance to catch up on what life has brought us all. From my era I keep in regular contact with people I still play cricket with, namely, Mike Edmonds, Sam Chettleburg, Julian Withers, Chris Gates and Chris Long, but it was great to see Daren Panto, Mark Simmonds, Andrew Pett, Russell Piper and Mike Brown. Daren Panto was another great player that the college produced. Left arm spinner and devastating middle order batsman. If I see any other left arm spinners these days and are asked what they bowl, I simply say Left arm Darens but not as good. Daren also gave me my best memory of the college Langdale Final against Lancing in 1984. We needed 3 to win off the last ball and My Son, as he was known to one and all hit the ball cleanly to the square leg boundary. Coach (JS) jumped for joy and all his money came out of his pockets. He was a picture not knowing what to do, eventually leaving the cash to run on the field and congratulate My Son. It was also great to meet up with Andrew Pett and his fabulous wife. He is a schoolmaster still but I had not Netball report - continued from page 14... up and Brighton won. The seniors started their game well and were ahead at the end of the first quarter. Parel Vallei pulled back and by half time the scores were even. With the changes that were made and the deteriorating conditions the seniors were unable to sustain their challenge and narrowly lost 17-22. The whole party moved onto to Bloemfontein where the girls stayed in the Eunice High School boarding house. Morale was high as we all played team games together on the playing field and had such fun together as a united group. Our wounded player was gradually improving and hopes were high for the remaining matches. On the afternoon of the match both teams were in high spirits and ready for the next challenge. Both teams were fit, well into their tour and playing a high standard of netball. Eunice High School promised to be a stern test but they proved less of a test than hoped. The junior team played beautiful flowing netball and gradually stretched away from their opposition. Jessica Crofts,
seen him for many years. He has managed to keep his youth intact and still favours a full head of hair that alas is not the case for all and sundry. I still remember his immortal words on returning from one away trip when asked for directions, “Left and left again for my scrambled eggs”.
Page 13 a Jack of all trades bowls bats and wicket keeps. I remember many a six being bashed at the home ground from his willow in cricket week. He is always fantastic company and it was great to catch up with him again. One of the Simmonds brothers was present, namely Mark and his lovely wife Mel, and Michael was absent preparing his body for the rigours of the London to Brighton bike race. Mark too has promised to play for the OB Vets. Hopefully he may persuade Michael to play as well. Russell Piper brought his entourage of OB’s from St. James cricket club namely Derek Pickering, Roger Green and Nick Betteridge. Russell is still in the top five highest run scores in the Cricketer Cup with his 185 not out against Halibury Hermits. More sandwiches were heard time and again as Russell deposited yet another ball into Walpole Terrace. Once the dinner was cleared away we were entertained by three very different but equally amusing speeches. First up was John Spencer who presented college cricket and how it had developed in his time. He thanked various people including Horse for his organisation of the evening and presented him with an extra desert with added red wine sauce. JS then introduced the main speaker for the evening John Troutbec Barclay. From the stories JS told about his early days at Sussex and Cambridge with Trout I am sure that professional cricket was more fun and less serious than it is today, although when on the field the competition of the game is and was the same. Trout spoke like the modern day Magnus Pike using exaggerated hand movements to stress and emphasise points he had to make. He was highly amusing and kept us enthralled with his stories of his times with JS and also with Neil. JS then introduced Dr. Seldon who gave us a genuine off the cuff speech about how he had and was still enjoying the college and all that it represented. He has certainly expressed himself and influenced the college tremendously in his headship here and we wish him well in his new endeavours as Master of Wellington College. After the speeches the celebration spilled over into the master’s common room and together with the hospitality of JS, Julian Withers, Philip Robinson and David Lowe we regaled our stories until the early hours.
Mike Brown (Biffer Braun from Troon) was as always in mighty fine spirits and has promised to play in the newly formed OB Vets Rugby for the following season. Mike was
Thanks to all who made the night special and remember always play straight in life and in cricket.
captain and goal attack, was well into her stride. Her netball had been exemplary throughout the tour and she did not disappoint against Eunice. Lotte Ikonen, in the centre court, ensured a steady supply of good ball into the attacking circle and the game was won 28-14. The senior team had developed over the period of the tour. The squad had gelled together and were more comfortable with the changes that were made and went from strength to strength. Nana Totoe, senior and girls tour captain, led from the front. She was versatile, athletic and an inspirational leader. The senior game was built around a strong defence with Sarah TrenearThomas and as the centre court players adapted, the shooters grew more confident and won convincingly against Eunice, 27-14. The boys and girls came together again as the tour moved into the high country of Kwa Zulu Natal. After a breath-taking stay at the wonderful Cathedral Peak Hotel, we all moved onto Durban and our last matches at Westfield Girls High School.
We continued with our tried and tested pattern of practise and training on the morning of the match with lunch away and then back to the school for the games. The weather was not good; chilly and wet for the start of the matches so both were played at the same time. Both teams were by now in top form and playing their best netball. Not only were they technically accomplished but they were innovative, imaginative and expressive in both defence and attack. The juniors completed their tour with a magnificent display of attacking netball. It was impossible to spot a weakness, even the wounded Kate Collins managed a half. Brighton achieved a comprehensive victory, 46-7, which was well deserved. The seniors had a tougher encounter but proved more than equal to the task. The defence was as usual secure, enabling the attacking players to express themselves. Both shooters were accurate and steadily built up a lead. The game was close and exciting with Brighton College always in the lead; victory was well earned and sweet.
CLARE CONNER LEADS ENGLAND'S WOMEN TO FIRST ASHES TRIUMPH IN 42 YEARS
Clare Conner MBE (W. 1989-94) captained England's women to their first Ashes series win in 42 years with a triumph over Australia in the second and final test in Worcester on Friday., 26th August 2005. The champagne flowed long into the night after Clare's England team clinched their first Test series victory over rivals Australia since 1963 with a six-wicket win at New Road. It was also the first time England had beaten the Aussies in a Test match since the 1984 triumph at Adelaide and added to the euphoria currently engulfing the nation as cricket fever reaches epic proportions. While the men were forcing Australia onto the back foot at Trent Bridge, the women struck the first blow as they completely outplayed the tourists at Worcester to spark scenes of jubilation. Brighton College was again represented during the test series when current pupil Holly Colvin became the youngest player ever to represent her country during the first test at Hove.
OLD BRIGHTONIAN GOLF SUMMER 2005 The OB’s qualified at Knole Park for the Grafton Morrish Trophy finals, for the second time in three years. These will be held at Hunstanton and Brancaster at the end of September. It is a great weekend and competition for places in the team will be keen. Hopefully we won't meet last year's winners in the 1st Round (like last time)! The over 50s lost their 1st Round match in the Cyril Grey Cup at Worplesdon to Wellingborough 2-1, but won the 1st Round of the Plate event, beating Epsom 2-1. They then lost a nailbiter of a 2nd Round against Greshams 2-1, with every game finishing on the 18th green. This is the first 1st Round we've lost in six years - we hope to get back to winning ways next year.
We also had a match against the College, the first for many years. In high pollen and humidity in the heat of late June we entertained the boys at the Dyke. In the event, experience allied to course knowledge prevailed and the OBs ran out winners, though several of the games were close and there evidently is some rising talent that we hope to tap in future years. A match to be repeated. The Autumn Meeting will be held in the last week of October. Any O.B. young or less young of whatever handicap is welcome to attend - please contact Chris Pett on 01273 244200 or 01273 563819 for details if you're not already on his mailing list. Christopher Pett (H. 1962-67)
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SOUTH AFRICA NETBALL REPORT After practising hard during the early days of the summer break all the girls were excited and keen to take on the South Africans in their own back yard. We all knew that the challenges that lay ahead would not be easy, but we were all ready to play hard and do our best. We arrived in Cape Town full of expectation and apprehension and after one night in a hotel and a life altering trip to Langa Township we shyly met out hosts, Swartland High School. After their first experience of being hosted the girls met in the morning for training full of tales of the opposition strength. The stories proved to be well founded and the first games were the most challenging of the tour. Our girls were nervous and rally did not do themselves justice. The junior girls were up first and went into a quick lead. This, however, proved unsustainable and they were dominated by a tall, strong, athletic opposition with two magnificent shooters; one being at least six foot tall. Brighton worked hard throughout the game but was unable to make any inroads into the Swartland lead and lost 24-49. Next up were the senior team, a squad of ten brought together from five different teams, and each player was promised at least half a game per match. This meant that a different combination took to the court at the start of each quarter, a very difficult proposition. The girls responded to the challenge and managed to stay in touch throughout the first half. They were set back, however, when the opposition made a surprise substitution and the goal attack from the first game came on to complete the match. The complexion of the game changed, Brighton gradually fell behind, was unable to make up the deficit and lost. Although both of the first matches was disappointingly lost, the teams moved on confident that they could play better and were keen to take on the development teams at Paulus Joubert Secondary School. The whole atmosphere was different. The school was friendly and welcoming but the facilities were sparse and the playing surface difficult. The juniors again played first. Paulus Joubert put up an impressive fight but they were unable to make any impact on a determined team who was better prepared and in excellent form. Brighton racked up goals in each quarter and although one of the ‘in-form’ shooters sustained a bad ankle injury, Paulus Joubert was unable to catch up and Brighton College won 24-6. The senior team was equally determined to create a good impression. All ten squad players were used for at least half a game. Each combination worked hard together and steadily established superiority. It was a joy to watch each quarter as the girls adjusted and developed their game plan. By the last quarter Brighton had built up an unassailable lead and the girls relaxed and expressed themselves magnificently on court. The next game came quickly on the Monday against Parel Vallei High School. The girls could not have been more enthusiastic, with a great win they were all motivated and ready to go. The weather was wet and cold but both teams were able to have a good training session in the morning and this was to stand them in good stead for the matches to follow in the afternoon. The juniors had a difficult, hard fought game which tested both their ability and character. The centre court players were evenly matched; both defences were sharp on interceptions but Brighton College proved more incisive in the shooting circle. Parel Vallei was determined and skilful but was unable to catch continued on page 13...
SOUTH AFRICA TOUR (CONTINUED) rugby at Swartland and suffered a 36-8 defeat. They now had a standard at which to aim. The senior boys, playing at Bishops, under the magnificent backdrop of the back of Table Mountain, did not come to terms with the speed of the opposition, the authoritarian style of the South African referees or their own ‘ring rust’ and succumbed 24-7. There was a desperate need to learn the lessons quickly. Friday saw the groups reuniting for a day of blatant tourism, which started at Hout’s Bay with a boat trip to the seal island just off the point. A bracing trip, even if Mrs Michael preferred the safety and warmth of the inner cabin. On return to land we set off for the Cape of Good Hope, which gave us the first opportunity for a full tour photograph with a stunning sea scape background. The trip then ended at Boulder’s Beach, where Ms Cody’s favourite penguins parade for the hordes of sightseers, cooing at every waddle.
Stellenbosch was our next base from which we travelled to Paulus Joubert, a development team at Paarl. A casual approach by the seniors against opponents more adept than perceived saw the team fight an unnecessary rearguard action. Some unlucky bounces, poor defence and some liberal refereeing brought about a surprise 14-10 defeat. The juniors fared no better and lost a spirited combat by 20-10. Disappointment permeated the camp. Nonetheless, it did not affect the warmth of the Paulus hospitality even if it overran forcing drastic changes to the afternoon plans.
Disappointedly, on the Sunday torrential rain ruined our chances of seeing whales at Hermanus, and this same rain followed us to Somerset West where Parel Vallei were to host us for the second time. In wet conditions the junior rugby team showed renewed urgency to overcome their opponents and register their first win by 17-6, lightening everyone’s spirits. The seniors accepted the challenge and even though a penalty kick at the death could have stolen the game they held out for a 17-15 win. Relief all round. It had been a very muddy affair and resulted in a bleached OB logo being re-patented red. Parel then laid on a fantastic evening of dinner and drumming where hosts and guests alike had to drum the selected beat on a multitude of instruments. A truly fun evening. Before the flight to Bloemfontein on the Tuesday we managed to take the cable car to Table Mountain and luck was with us in that the cloud lifted as we ascended, giving 360 views of Cape Town and its surrounds – a fitting farewell. Bloemfontein was very different with vast areas of very flat farmland dominating the horizon. The girls were staying at Eunice School across the road from Grey College, the senior boys’ billet, whilst the juniors were a few miles away at Sentraal School, where bells abounded. The junior rugby, in fact, played one of Grey’s U15 sides and after an edgy first half of mistakes, leading to a 22-5 deficit, the team settled and the score stayed the same. In the follow-on game, the seniors, playing one of Grey’s senior squads, matched to our strength, found themselves in a classic struggle. Leads changed six times but at the death we scored to secure an 18-16 victory and more importantly, the respect of opponents and coaches, a matter of great pride to Mr Halsall. Prior to travelling to the Drakensberg Mountains, the tourists were given the opportunity of visiting the ‘Big Hole’, the remains of the diamond workings that established Kimberly. Mr Dahl and Mr Lyon-Taylor had to be removed from the panning beds so we could move on! The long journey ended at Cathedral Peak Hotel, a paradise nestled in majestic hills and
OBA FOOTBALL - SEPTEMBER 2005 OB Football - Summer 2005 Sussex Sunday Football League After promotion this year to the Intermediate league from Division 1 on Sundays, the team would welcome any recent leavers who are interested in playing for the club. The team have a formal training session, which takes place on Sundays at 10:30am at Patcham Place (opposite the Red Lion Pub), and anyone wishing to come is more than welcome. Full fixture list , reports and contact details: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/football_01.htm
Alrington Falcons 1 - 1 Old Brightonians 4th September 2005 Both teams had been promoted from division 1 last season into the intermediate league. After a win a piece on last years form, it was always going to be a pretty even affair. On a very hard pitch, and in the blazing heat, chances were few and far between with both sides happy to walk away with a point. The OB's remain undefeated in the league in 2005 and hope to continue their streak into the new year. Goalscorer: A Tasker. Team: D Lawrence, A Tasker, P Canavan, P Lawrence, R Heal, S Revill, T Buck, N Brown, N Taylor, G Warsop, D Wilks. Subs: J Heal, A Davis, J Carpenter.
perhaps the first time of some ‘down’ time. Golf, volleyball, swimming, climbing wall, gym, hiking – something for all. The therapy was much needed and even Ms Langhorne decided that training was unnecessary. It was no surprise that a group of supporting parents also made their way to paradise. All too soon we were on the move westward to Durban and our final hosts, Westville Boys and Westville Girls, two separate schools in pleasant suburbs. Having been evenly matched to this point we finally caught a crab, especially the juniors, who played a mature U16 side and thus lost by 56-0. For their part the seniors faced a feisty test in their game and parity only disappeared after the loss of three players, resulting in a 22-7 loss, a disappointment after so much effort. Recovery therapy was again needed and this was supplied at Damazulu Village, on the edge of the Hluhluwe Nature Reserve, where lodges afforded the feeling of ‘bush’. There were tours of Zulu culture and dancing, the snake and crocodile park with the crazy keeper and the game park, displaying a wide variety of game. On the final morning on the way to Durban airport we even found time for a boat trip on Lake St Lucia with its crocodiles, hippos and a vast variety of birds. We had fitted in an enormous amount of activity, both sporting and cultural, covered many miles in coach and plane and met new and varied people and as a result no-one, hopefully, could have failed to be enriched by the experience. The touring parents provided those familiar faces and one OB, David Blake (B. 1952-56), travelled from his home in Johannesburg to support us in Cape Town and Bloemfontein. Such memories and stories will, I am sure, last for years. John Pope Full report: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/ south_africa_tour_2005_01.htm Tour photos: http://www.oldbrightonians.com/gallery/
Calling all Rugby players... In true Kitchener style, The OBA’s very own Sports Representative, John Aiken, urges all OB’s between 7 and 35 stone to dig out their gumshields and dust off their boots. “The over 35s are going strong as are the U21s who finished the season against Hurstpierpoint on 9th April and a 7s tournament on 16th April,” said John, “now we need a team to fill in those golden years of 21 to 35.” Please contact John Aiken on 07709 461000 or email@example.com if you're interested...
CLARE CONNER MBE (W. 1989-94) LEADS ENGLAND’S WOMEN CRICKETERS TO ASHES GLORY SEE PAGE 14
THE COLLEGE TEAMS RETURN FROM THE OBA SPONSORED 2005 TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA All the efforts in planning and training were put under threat by doubts over our departure day due to the strike by South African Airways. A phone call at 11am on the morning of departure gave us the go ahead. The tour was up and running. However, another obstacle awaited us is Johannesburg in the form of passport control, which took two and half hours to clear. This put enormous pressure on catching our connecting flight to Cape Town and only the pleadings of an old man and the size of the party allowed us to win the day and board the plane half an hour late. Finally, we arrived in Cape Town and after jettisoning our bags at the hotel we descended upon the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, nestled beneath the imposing shadow of Table Mountain. The travel weary tourists had at last a chance to
STOP PRESS! Cronk-Cunis Rugby Festival The Old Brightonians U21s won the 2005 Cronk-Cunis U21 rugby festival on 4th September 2005 at the Richmond Park Athletic Ground. They beat Oundle, St. Dunstans and Marlborough to reach the final without conceding a single point! For the first time in the Festival's history the final went into a sudden death 'play-off' with the match finally being decided by a drop kick 'shoot-out' after Brighton College and Wellington drew 8 all. Brighton College Girls Make History The College made history in June by playing two girls, Holly Colvin and Sarah Taylor, in the College 1st XI fixture against Wellington. Clare Connor was the first girl to play in a Public School 1st XI, when she played for Brighton College in 1993.
soak up the African atmosphere and experience the first of many red meat binges. The next morning the party went on a guided tour of Langa Township, seeing first hand the basic living conditions of the inhabitants. A walk about with visits to a primary school, the sports stadium and a further education college preceded a very appetizing lunch, which was accompanied by a singing and drumming group. On departure from Langa the party split with the girl’s netball teams and the junior boys travelling to their hosts at Swartland School, Malmesbury, whilst the senior rugby travelled the shorter route to Bishop’s School at Newlands. The junior rugby team were introduced to the rigours of South African school
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“150 YEARS OF CRICKET”: DINNER REPORT... report by Joey Appleton (D. 1979-84) 150 not out and still with plenty of gas in the tank would be the best way to present Brighton College Cricket today. We as a school have had an enviable record in cricket since the early 1980’s and it is great to see that this still the case in 2005. The College 1st XI celebrated the day with a comprehensive win against Tonbridge and the OBA with a first round Cricketer Cup win against Ampleforth the weekend before. I always look forward to spending time at the college because it has been part and parcel of my life since I can remember and I was filled with nostalgia even before I arrived for the celebration dinner. Meeting up with old friends and remembering old times and old battles won is what we cricketers love more than
anything. I arrived late as usual but had the excuse of playing cricket at the other end of the county for my club and a winning match to boot. I was soon brought up to par with the general banter of the evening as I was sitting next to Neil Lenham (D. 79-84). Neil is the most successful cricketer the college has produced (in excess of 20 first class centuries to his name including one against Pakistan) and it was fantastic that he honoured us with his presence, although the knowledge of free alcohol all night might have tipped the balance. Neil is currently the market manager at Sussex CCC and a mighty fine job he is doing too. All the 20/20 competitions being completely sold out. It will be interesting to see if the current crop of ex-
college county players namely Prior, Hopkinson and Young can match or better Neil’s achievements. The College and the OBA I know would send their congratulations to Matt Prior and Basid Khan for making their International OneDay Debuts. No longer is it enough to have county players among our ex-pupils because now we have 3 current
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