Eton reunion

Last Friday I went up to Eton for a 1979 leavers party. I was a little surprised to find myself doing this as I have been far from good at keeping in touch with my contemporaries from school since I left and with one exception had never attended a similar event. Maybe because I hadn't been invited to many of them....

The evening was helped by meeting Anthony deNormann en route and another pal joining us who conveniently drove us from Ant's house to Eton and back!

Everyone suffered slightly from needing to peer through the mists of time at faces that had changed in many respects, although there were a couple of 'Dorian Grays' who appeared exactly like they did thirty years ago. That was a bit spooky compared to others who looked like their dads, which seemed more natural. All the 'boys' were in great heart and the school looked after everyone very well and gave a delicious dinner in College Hall which was pure Hogworts as far as I was concerned.

Mainly for Dad:-Beforehand I had mentioned to Dad that I was going and he had told me that he had nearly but not quite attended an older version of this event. I did let this slip to the Provost who said that there are some reunions for older OEs and their wives at lunchtime nowadays.

The purpose of this post is general info, as usual. But also to say that the evening was very enjoyable with a lot of people who seemed mellowed with the years and happy to have a laugh with each other and at themselves. The rich and well-known were there as well as a self-employed carpenter who had got married for the first time this year. So quite a variety. I know of one or two who had needed a bit of persuading to turn up and even they had smiles on their faces at the end of the evening.

I've nothing to sell but I would recommend it to all of you if the chance arose.



I've nearly sold my flat in London and should complete in early December. On the proceeds I'm going to buy property in Berlin and become an evil landlord. There's some stuff that I have in London, that I will either give to the new owners free of charge or throw away: Double bed with mattress, futon bed with mattress,  iron and ironing board, a very dodgy little cupboard, a very heavy wardrobe, chest of drawers, retro television, fridge freezer, five standing lamps, 4 speakers, two bedside tables, two person sofa, old fashioned stereo, huge telly and a partridge in a pear tree. Or not. There are also curtains. If you want any of these, get in touch with George! You must pick up yourself
Now purchaser only wants:
- The wardrobe and matching bedside table in the small bedroom immediately to the right as you enter the flat.
- The standing lamp in the bedroom between the wardrobe and the master.
- The rug in the reception room.
Posted by: george | November 23, 2009 at 04:09 PM

And for my own info, the purchasers said they wanted
Kitchen: Fridge, Dishwasher
Small room: Chest of drawers, Wardrobe - possibly
Sitting room: Mirror over fireplace possibly, Rug
Bathroom: Wash machine and drier
Trev's room: Bed
All standard lamps.
Friends take priority!
Gavin wanted some of the standard lamps too
Posted by: George | October 27, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Dad! You've solved ALL of your daughter's furnitue/white good problems in one fell swoop!
Can i have:
The double bed and mattress (not the futon)
The dodgy cupboard
The fridge freezer
The white lamp
The steel lamp
The sofa
The wardrobe
The spare room chest of drawers
And if no one wants the small speakers, I will also have those.
Thanks xxxxxxxxx
Posted by: Ruth Keeling | October 17, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Hey George, has anyone claimed the stereo? Are you really giving it away? If you are I would most definitely like it and a pair of the speakers and maybe the telly. Is that too much? I can come and get them any time....
xxxx Poppy
Posted by: Poppy | October 17, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Your simple mother thought that there was a modern cooker up for grabs and then found it was some sort of record player!

Posted by: Mum | October 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Van's new show at the 606 club in London

On 15th October at the 606 Club, Lots Road, Chelsea: Nephews & Nieces get bargain tickets for £20 (inc supper), it'll be great and even better to see some of you there! Give Van a call on 077400 49014 to get the special price.

George has noticed that there is a small but crucial omission in the information above: The 606 is at 90 Lots road and the bar opens at 7.00 with the show at 8.15, but of course you would have been told this at the 'point of sale' I'm sure.

Sorry Trev - might be a bit of a stretch from Berlin, even at £20!
I'm in Dad. It'll be nice to see you xx
Posted by: Ruth | October 02, 2009 at 03:12 PM

I'll come if any other brothers or nephs/nieces do. This may be a stupd question, but is it at 606 lots road? And when does it start?