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He leaves his wife Doreen, my sister and myself, both ex Harrow County, and five grand children. We will miss him very much.
Best wishes Anthony Wilkey. Stalin, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. I think its worth proposing that we form a Sock Puppets Eleven to play an ethereal game of cricket on the hallowed pitch of HCS, a Field of Dreams replay. Bernies Ghost will umpire and the teams captain is too obvious to mention.
I hope that naughty fifth former with woodpecker shoes is still not lurking in Harrow and does not intend, this time round, to dig up the pitch the night before the match. I was away for a lot of this time so missed out on all this Pooh-ish activity. Who was running the Pioneers at that time? I was in Piglet Troop a few years after the recent correspondents whose names were legends by then. We were told of previous rumours of threatened expulsions subsequent to a mid-night raid on a nearby Girl Guides camp at Ross-on-Wye.
But understand all was hushed up when one of the deputy scout leaders was caught on camera cross-dressing. His female counterpart was seen parading around the field in boy scout uniform and beret swigging a bottle of gin and singing Roll Me Over in the Clover.
This could not happen today. Imagine all the Health and Safety Regs and Police vetting of prospective volunteers in youth movements. Can anyone name the other camp fire songs? I recall puzzlement over a camp fire joke about the Oomegoolly bird with dangling testes. It squawked that word when it flew low over corrugated roofs. I did not get the coarse joke at the time but guess we were all pretty innocent around the blazing fire.
Ah, the left-handed tent pole straightener. I believe the Pioneers had almost the entire UK stock at one point. In the Merrymen, we had older Patrol tents made by Blacks of Greenock which were of course fitted with Scottish right-handed poles. In the corner den we did however find a box of Long Felt Wants which, if memory serves me correctly, were obtained by new campers from the Warden at Chalfont Heights.
So you are still with us. Of course I remember you. Were you in Piglet Patrol? I was in Eeyore. Our first camp was on the Isle of Wight when I was sent by my patrol leader to obtain a left-handed tent pole straightener. Who was it that set their tent on fire? Was it Owls or Rabbits? At that camp, two scouts were sent home in disgrace. One may have been Stinker King who was always playing with matches. The other one for playing Chicken with scout knives. His blade went right through the foot of a lad wearing sandals.
The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance. CMO until so if you are ever passing please drop in. Thanks for the credit Colin. I'm unsure about the degree to which I prompted the flow of contributions but was pleased to see them. This must be the quickest hundred hits on the website since it began. All because Brian Hester made an entry about how few hits there had been lately. There have been a lot of rubbish entries, but clearly a lot of interest.
May even be hits. Cant trace that back. Tony Makepeace, were we in The Pioneers together? I have enjoyed reading about the works written by HCGS staff.
You appear not to have included AB Schofield's standard pig-breeding text: Runt of the Litter out of print. Nor Clarkson's Japes on Top Gear: The Harrow County Years. Also his forthcoming blockbuster Punching above my Weight. I have just finished the deservedly award-winning chicklit, Spirogyra: Highly erotic if you like that sort of thing. Now reading Life of Luxury: Have you any idea as to whom the author might be?
On rare occasions, GT was persuaded to tell stories of his life as a soldier in WW1 when he was posted to the Middle East, mostly in what is now Iraq. He met with a soldiers of the Indian army. I have forgotten what he actually did - if he ever told us. Poor old George Thorn can't win, so it seems. I was an inadequate flautist in his rather bad orchestra and never witnessed his alleged cuddling antics, although they were rumoured.
As for ARS, I do not know the wartime regulations around reserve occupations although it would seem that many schoolmasters lost their lives. Presumably, they chose to volunteer. That suggests Simpson, a Head in Scotland at the time, chose not to do so. Of course,if he had fought and been killed the history of HCS would have taken a different turn.
HCS with no post war Simpson influence. It wouldn't have been the same. I think many in reserved occupations also volunteered for Home Guard, ARP etc but no mention of either of them doing so. We continue to receive information on written works of our respected school masters in whose gentle care we were entrusted. Sadly, George Thorn's carefully researched and scholarly conceived manuscripts were not published in his lifetime.
Perhaps not at all. We gather editorial opinion at the time confined them to the reject pile. Thus, we can only guess at the content of his keyboard instruction manual: Dab Hand at the Organ.
Thorn later wrote a comedy drama script for cinema that was banned by the Chief Film Censor, at the Lord Chamberlain's Office. No doubt in today's climate Bottoms Up! Please continue to send in titles. We owe this to the dignity of our former mentors.
In the darkest days of the war, when petrol shortages drove virtually all private cars off the road and petrol ration coupons were nearly impossible to get, Thorn arrived each day in his own car.
Rumour had it that he had a 'condition' of some undisclosed kind. Even on cold, wet days I never saw him taking any of his fellows even as far as the station, yet some lived, as he did, at Watford. He never appeared as 'one of the boys' with other staff and seemed always to hold himself apart. As far as I recall, he never participated in any extra-curricular activities. During my first four years at school, when he taught me general science I never felt any emotional attachment to him as I did to other masters.
He had the reputation of not managing experiments too well. Things sometimes went wrong much to everyone's amusement! De mortuis nil nisi bonum and all that but Chris Atkinson's recollection does raise a point. George Thorn was strange. In fairness I do not think his behaviour ever crossed the line of pedophillia but his continued cuddling of boys and bum patting both of which could be observed pretty well daily would certainly have got him barred from teaching tghese days.
Certainly was not normal behaviour and realistically had to show some form of suppressed unhealthy feelings to boys. Ubi Lane's Cricket Diversions - I only did Latin in the first year but once we got used to him, a good dodge was always to get Ubi talking about cricket! Did he play county cricket in his younger years? Didn't Harry also publish a book about runaway Great Western trains driven by his brother, if my dim and distant memory serve me correctly?
Uby Lane's Cricket Diversions? I think I must have been a very innocent young lad when I first went to HCS it was only after all. Not wishing to stand out as a newbie, I used to join in that chorus - sad eh?
Thank you, gentlemen, for suggesting extra additions to the swelling list of learned tomes associated with our exceptional mentors. The work we have involved ourselves with appears never ending. A treasure trove, no less. Or his challenging military classic Backs to the Wall. Are these the only books Thorne brought out for organ enthusiasts? Not to mention P. Let's not forget 'Stalking dy by dx up to the point of its ultimate disappearance' by Bill Duke.
Thank you to the kind correspondents who have offered invaluable information on works published by our former mentors. The editorial group is grateful for your contributions although the work has now been doubled. A second volume will therefore have to be prepared. However, the opening volume is nearly complete and will be available on Amazon and on the Waterstones hub later in the year. As a taster we can enlighten those who have enquired.
The format of this site does not permit italics, bold etc. Thus it is only possible to present a list. Lt Col WH Bigham: Biology for Beginners and Biology by Dictation aural book included. Batting for Boys illustrated.
Constructing an Aldis from Milk Bottle Tops. Twenty Things to do with a PE Rope. Intriguing History of Army Cadet Camps British Survey of Beached Naval Whalers. Pinner, Centre of the Universe. Noises down the Corridor, in association with the Egg Marketing Board. Bring Home the Bacon. A ten per cent discount and digital bookmark will be offered to customers purchasing the complete collection. There cannot be many left from my years at Harrow County, I am 91 now and have lived for many years in California, came here in Working for companies like Northrop and North American.
I'd like to remember Mr. Evans the Physics teacher who got me interested and Mr. My final year was the first of the war, up the hill at Harrow School class rooms but I was lucky enough to be in the School party that spent two wonderful weeks in Switzerland, August , just three weeks before the start of the war.
Like so many, my friend Peter Dooley and I volunteered for the RAFVR, he a month older somehow was called up almost at once whilst I languished a year before being called up. In that time he trained, part in Canada, flew 3 ops. I got to two weeks from starting Flying Training, then all new pilot training was stopped because of lower combat losses than expected.
Ultimately I was released to industry working as a draftsman for the De Havilland Co. A wonderful start to my career! California, a forward looking liberal State has been good to my wife and I but we have returned to England twice for a total of eight years and had many vacations in England and Europe so have maintained close contact with our homeland. Interesting that as early as part of the Middlesex County Council policy on corporal punishment was described thus - The code also prescribes the prohibition of any form of correction which would be likely to affect adversely the mental or physical development of the child, such as boxing the ears, striking on the head, or rapping the knuckles.
Thanks for that Peter. Richard Shymansky is credited as the co author, with JSG added at the end of the writing credits. You can even buy it new for a trifling thousand pounds. I did make enquiries at the school shop a few years ago but to no avail. He also wrote articles for the Newsletter and did indeed publish a number of books and pamphlets.
The earliest work by him that I can trace is Still available from PLHS at 1. Copies can be obtained by telephone or from the Bookshop at West House, Pinner, open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
I appreciate that living in Canada you may not find this very helpful, but others might, and if you still have family living in the area they may perhaps be prevailed upon to help you. He also wrote a number of articles for me in my time editing The Old Gaytonian magazine if you have kept copies of it. We should not forget G.
Davis who taught Latin and history and wrote "From Charlemagne to Hitler' which was well received at the time. Regarding masters writing books, did not Jim Golland write some books and pamphlets on local history?
I have not found any evidence of books by the Classics staff, which I find surprising. Perhaps Bernard was too busy watching the Wembley Lions, as per the absorbing correspondence on this site in recent weeks. I shall pass this information onto the group. Major Skillen's works may be the final piece in the jigsaw. Does any other correspondent have news of publications associated with our former masters? Tony - as far as Mr Skillen is concerned, you need only search for "hugh skillen" on Amazon and you will find several used books come up.
If you repeat the search on EBay you will find the same books again. His French with a Scots accent had us baffled all those years ago how he could have survived behind enemy lines, but turned out his language skills in German were being put to better use in the Y service mainly. I agree with Martin Goodall's view that the men who taught us were often outstanding and a cut above the rest.
An elite group of ex-HCS scholars has got together to are compiling a volume for possible publication: This work will incorporate all known, or unearthed, published public works of HCS mentors in that golden age. We understand Major Hugh Skillen may have self-published information on his wartime experiences in the Secret Service. Does anyone have knowledge of this?
Please enlighten and we are sure all your correspondents of that glorious vintage will be interested. Brister and Duke were well rspected mathematicians and wrote text books together. I've just seen that one of their books, 'Progressive Geometry', published in , can still be found to buy through a bit of inventive googling. Perhaps even more impressive is that the forward to this book is written by Sir Thomas Percy Nunn, the distinguished Professor of Education at the Institute of Education from to The more you dig a little more deeply, the more you realise the sheer quality of some of those who taught us.
A group of us were stopped in the street near the school by Dr Simpson as we were not wearing our school caps. He sounded his horn from across the street and waved angrily from his open car. We ran off after throwing down our cigarettes but he did not give chase.
I don't think he recognised us from a distance but it did not prevent him sounding off at assembly the next day. I always regretted Simpson did not initiate a car chase through the streets of Harrow. How many years did he blight the school?
Brister's recollections upon retiring are reproduced on this page. He is credited as being at school for the 34 years from to I believe he finished up as Senior Master. Both were good teachers of maths. I have good memories of both. Several years ago one of Brister's son and I corresponded. It seemed this particular son was writing up a family history but none of the family knew anything of his professional life.
Brister apparently kept his home and school lives completely separate. Skillern was behind the pack in the longevity race with only 29 years. I have a vague recollection of a Mr Brister, greeting us when we first arrived.
Very impressive, most of us had never seen teachers in gowns before. Two other 'nicknames' come to mind - 'Easy' Evans and 'Sammy' Watson. I have a vague recollection of a Mr Brister?? Thank you for the information Pete. If nothing else Thorne was a survivor. He had a strong relationship with Randall Williams but seemed to have few friends among the other masters. Simpson really cleared out the staff room shortly after his arrival. Most of the 'pro Williams' faction soon departed.
The school last some excellent teachers but Simpson seems to have no trouble replacing them. Whiffy King is the winner, Thorn second, Neal third and a gaggle of Crinsons, Attridges and Amos's in their slipstream.
Contenders for the position of longest serving master must include George Neal who started as Art Master when the school opened in and was still there in I believe he retired shortly thereafter. The second is W. King "Whiffy" who started teaching French at the school one term after Neal, and spent the rest of his working life at the school.
Both would have completed at least 35 years. Both Neal and King were slightly built men. King was always very vigorous and had an amazing style of teaching which included throwing poorly executed exercise books out of the window.
Good fun to hear from correspondents at HCS decades ago. Wish you all well. It has made me think more about the nickname thing. Except for the obviously insulting such as 'Runt' most were dubbed almost as an honour, even affection.
A nondescript master would not receive a nickname. Colin Dickin's explanation of the 'Square' origin was accepted in my day. As Brian Hester pointed out, the name was inadvertently appropriate. No-one was squarer than Square in outlook. We always felt he should have been dubbed Hole to go with ARS but it did not catch on. The non-prurient thought it too vulgar. Certain masters had more than one nickname. The respected science teacher Norman Thyrwhitt was 'Nick' and 'Toots'.
I never understood the latter. There might have been a pop star named Toots. Maybe a bunny girl or a jazz musician? I have learned Mr Thyrwhitt spent many years serving the school well. Loyalty was a respected quality in those days.
Might this make him the longest serving master? If not, who would it be? For information, there's an interesting interview with Michael Portillo about his current series of programmes about American railways, in the Travel section of todays Daily Telegraph.
In a brief tenure he took over the unlikely dual portfolio of Maths and Latin from the retired Jumbo Jones.
He taught me both, often with some violence for which I forgave him because he was a dedicated teacher who cared only that you should learn. As far as Latin was concerned I certainly did learn, achieving unexpected heights at O Level which I might draw to the attention of John Bertram. Regarding Square, it was my old classmate and still good friend Len Taylor who coined the nickname.
It stuck because, as he said, the man had a square mouth in a square face in a square head. I dont know that the conservative connotation was even current at the time. He had a particularly insightful gift for such names, mostly for fellow pupils in our year nuff said.
My generation, which named him Huby, grew up steeped in the Just William books. I think they had fallen from favour before later generations arrived and, oral traditions being what they are, they assumed the word was not blessed with an aspirate. Incidentally, Huby did also teach me Latin for several years up to A Level.
I can't remember if Paul Oliver collected a nickname - Ollie perhaps? Groombridge was definately 'Tuftie', and 'Spadger's Alley was to be avoided if you were in a tearing hurry. Aware that we are all passing the biblical milestone this academic year, five of us have recently been in contact with a view to meeting up later in If you are interested in joining us please let me know by the end of February.
Many thanks Geoff MAy. In my time the school keeper was Plum Warner but he little in evidence. We would never have thought to refer to Simpson as 'Square' because use of that word to describe someone of fixed conservative opinions was not used in that sense until later.
In retrospect it was a good choice. Ubi Lane - as far as I remember we thought he was called Ubi because it was the only word of Latin anyone could remember! We also had Boggy Marsh in my time geography I think. Everyone talked about Harry of course. The unflattering and it turns out unreasonable Fatty Cook the school keeper. Mr Dickins misses the subtlety of a classical education.
The horrible Thorn was simply known as 'George' but pronounced with an oily voice in a sneering, lecherous fashion. Runt was the worst nickname of all although Schofield never caught on. Eagars was definitely Eggy.
Why Chop Chop Fishlock? Some said because he talked too much. Does anyone remember Knightly Steed? Major Venn became Morris Van. Flicking back through the Guestbook I saw Dr Hartland mentioned.
Known as Sorbo, of course. John Bertram's list of masters' nicknames stirs up a few memories. Although he was an old fixture when I arrived at school, Attridge had yet to be 'named'.
I suspect 'Spider" Webb was known to me as 'Cob'. I believe "Sorbo'Hartland was another. I was always surprised that Thorne with all his odd propensities never acquired a nickname. And I think Eagers was Eddie. I have heard of, but never knew, Creeper Davies. More, I am sure. Perhaps Brian Hester can add to the list. John Bertram Trammy Email: Our old masters had all kinds of nicknames. Forever grateful to him. Cannot think of any more.
There are numerous examples of masters being given nicknames that were an inaccurate attempt to guess their first names. No doubt there were a good few others. The software still wont let me type apostrophes. Perhaps they no longer use them in the USA. They both attended the Remembrance Day Service in November. Mavis served on the staff of the school as well. Norman or indeed Nick served as a councillor in Watford for many years, then became Mayor and was then honoured with the freedom of the borough.
I would not challenge Martin Goodall on Mr T's name. But I do seem to remember his nickname was, and I am not joking, Nick! Just as Hector Sutherland was always Hamish. My apologies to Chris Esmond. Brain atrophy on my part.
I mixed him up with another cricketer. Did Chris once score 80 or so not out as an U14 game? On the tooting controversy, hazy memory permitting, I now recall Bernie Marchant remonstrating with a parked motorist. The man had stopped his vehicle just above the sight screen Kenton Road passing not very far above the field boundary. Because we all stayed in our fielding positions none of us we picked up words, although voices were raised.
Certainly, Mr Marchant grew angry and gesticulated wildly with his arms. Eventually, the driver reluctantly moved off. Mr Marchant returned to his umpiring duties considerably flustered and blushing - always his trade mark when roused. Was it Dr Simpson he turned away?
We shall never know. Or Norman 'Nick' Thrywhitt? Hardly the latter, as the car was a saloon of some kind and not a sports model. Pleased to hear Mr Thyrwhitt is likely still with us. Is anyone in touch with him to put his matter to rest, once and for all? I cannot believe he was the alleged tooter. It's all such a long time ago. Saddened and puzzled by the much-respected Peter Garwood's apparent slur on Liverpool supporters.
I would just like to mention that Mr Tyrwhitts name is Norman not Nick, as we always referred to him odd years ago, and as Chris Esmond called him in a recent post. I occasionally see him when in the Herts or Bucks area, as it turns out we share the same hobby. I have had a chat with him once or twice about HCS, and got an interesting new angle on some of the things that are often discussed in this forum for example George Cowans contribution as a manager and organiser, even though I was never a Cowan fan.
Apostrophes have been deliberately omitted here, as the system doesnt seem to like correct puctuation. Like, it seems, Peter Ward, I'm a complete duffer concerning cars so I certainly wouldn't know a Ford Sedan from a Consul convertible, I was relying on Peter's prior identification of the mysterious hooting car of Kenton Road.
Pity his memory for a car is as poor as it is concerning my HCS cricket. Peter, I was a number 3 or 4 bat and a right-arm bowler, even - an albeit reluctant - captain of the junior teams! Anyway, I certainly don't recall the appearance of the vehicle, unfortunately - but perhaps someone from that HCS cricketing era or even a casual passer-by might one day drop in here and set the record straight.
I suppose it's even possible there was more than one car, whose horns were tooted by more than one person Or that one person tooted in more than one car Peter Ward is not noted for being a Simpson fan, although it's possible age has finally induced in him a modicum of maturity in that area of concern, but despite his scepticism I still tend to think the tooter was indeed ARS, simply enjoying the prelude to his imminent retirement. Still, the possibilities are many and are extremely fertile ground for recall and speculation, along with memories of spare parts shops in Wealdstone and the great 'missing n' mystery of Wembley Triangle.
So, not KilmiNster, but Kilmister. Wow, I lived in Wembley for nineteen years, went shopping regularly at the Triangle, used to perch on top of the elaborate toilet entrances wwhenever Royalty etc came thro' for Cup Finals and so on.
And for all that time , for me at any rate, it was KilmiNster where I bought sports gear and model aircraft materials. Now, what does that say about me.. I quote from this very site: Or his help with Scouts. Or his massive record collection. Or as master in charge of stationery.
Gaytonian " See staff members section. I'm probably wrong but thought Mr. Tyrwhitt had something more exotic than an Alvis but struggle to remember what it was. In those days most 'classic' cars were cheaper to buy than the then modern saloons Peter mentions, partly due to the introduction of the MOT and that nobody wanted them. It wasn't until the mid seventies that the 'classic' market took off, then you could buy a running secondhand E Type for about six hundred and fifty pounds.
Breaks my heart to look through old copies of Exchange and Mart and see what you could have bought for very little money compared to their value today but then the same applies to many other things. Please see my previous entry. Second line should read, 'seems to know his cars. David Jackson makes a interesting point. Whilst claiming no knowledge of cricket, he seems to his cars.
I am the opposite, with considerable cricket knowledge but no interest in cars. That said, David sparked off a memory and he is quite right. Thywritt definitely had an Alvis. I recall the side running boards. So I googled the cars and found something pretty equivalent.
A very stylish convertible with, yes, running boards. We wondered about a young master's ability to afford such a vehicle when his older colleagues pushed around in dingy Morris Minors and Ford Prefect, even bicycles. Thywhitt presumably stems from the Thrwhitt-Drakes of Devon. Curiously, there is a major family mansion, near Amersham, Bucks, as I remember.
David also writes about ARS' car. It was not a Ford Sedan but, as he says, a white Ford Consul convertible. Funny how the mind plays tricks. I do know a bit about cars though, and a Ford sedan would normally be considered a closed saloon car. I watched a YouTube video and one guy reviewed it said the pieces come apart when using it. I solved that problem by using hose clamps when I put it together and clamped both pieces permanently. This will level gravel, manure in pastures, and anything else you can dream up.
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