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john timms 
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Tuesday, 6. April 2010 18:24  Write a comment Send E-mail

It's nice to see the rugby fixtures again. It brings back a few memories to me
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Sam Coward 
samandteresa(at)hotmail(dot)com
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Tuesday, 30. March 2010 12:20  Write a comment Send E-mail

I notice a lot to correspondence from John Timms. I may be able to help with some of your requests John. As former pupils will remember I was a budding young photographer back then and to this day can often be found lying in the long grass with an old box & browneye slung around my neck.
My subject of choice at school was the sky, that vast expanse of nothing above our heads.
Some of my fellow students took me for an eccentric nut job, but I persisted and though detrimental to my education, after many years I had amassed a fine collection of images.

Unfortunately my father, (thinking that I had hundreds of copies of the same picture), emptied my room one day and burned the lot. I therefore cannot personally help with any of your requests for pictures of life around school, but as you can see I am a dab hand with photo shop.

I found this picture of ‘huts’ featuring some character playing hand ball and thought that if I cleverly attached Brother Baylor’s head on his body it may stir some old memories for you. The two fellows in the background could be strolling up the path to lessons don’t you think? Even their uniform is the right colour, just missing the braid.

I have no pictures of the dinner hall, though Bro Hastings reaction had a pupil produced a camera during lunch intrigues me no end.

Lessons I remember but a few. There weres English and Maths, another where we studied the Russian Revulsion and Geography of course, (couldn’t get home without that one). Then there was that room where we used to burn things and give other kids electrical shocks. There were a couple of teachers who talked really weird, (I never understood what they were on about), and of course Art. I liked the red paint best, didn’t it look bizarre in the mirror?

Bro Duignan must be about 90 so I guess he doesn’t look that bad, we buried my dad 3 years ago and he was 87 then. He will be 90 this year, but I’m not sure he looks as well as Bro Duignan does.

That must have been a revelation for you reading the account of a fellow pupil being abused and realising after all these years that what was poking you in the science cupboard wasn’t Bro Baylor’s pencil… Sex education was pretty much non existent at Scotus, hence the confusion eh,
I remember a holiday in Cornwall, learning to windsurf on a calm day. A young lady paddled past in a canoe and offered to ‘blow me’. For years I thought her an idiot, as I had at least 7 meters of sail up, then a lad at the pub told me about his experience and well I’ll leave it at that…….

Let me know next time they let you out and I’ll try and run away at the same time, maybe we could meet up. I see you live in ‘Barking’ what a coincidence.

Best of luck Sam
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john timms 
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barking essex
Tuesday, 23. March 2010 18:26  Write a comment Send E-mail

does anyone remember brother o'leary?if so please let us know of your thoughts
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john timms 
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barking essex
Monday, 22. March 2010 18:47  Write a comment Send E-mail

did any fp's from scotus go to st margarets convent(day school),apart from me
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john timms 
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Monday, 22. March 2010 17:14  Write a comment Send E-mail

does anyone know if beechhouse was ever in any films?
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john timms 
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Thursday, 18. March 2010 18:50  Write a comment Send E-mail

just been looking at the reunion photos of 2009,i got a shock when i saw the photo of brother duignan.I hope he is in better health now
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johntlmms 
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Thursday, 18. March 2010 18:08  Write a comment Send E-mail

does anyone have phoyographs of the school dining room
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john timms 
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Wednesday, 17. March 2010 17:28  Write a comment Send E-mail

Does anyone have a list or remember the school lessons that we had?
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David Gardner 
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Wednesday, 10. March 2010 12:06  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi Andrew, I think I was in the same class with you along with Ming Chong, did you have a restaurant near Haymarket? If you are the same one of the highlights of the school were the football games we had, enjoyed those more than the rugby.

Good to hear from you.
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john timms 
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Wednesday, 3. March 2010 18:11  Write a comment

does anyone have photos of the school huts that were used from primary 6? up to year 6?
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Andrew Wong 
andrew(at)sino-itech(dot)com
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Hong Kong
Thursday, 11. February 2010 19:35  Write a comment Send E-mail

Those were the days. My brother, Peter, and I attended school in the class of 80 and 81 respectively.

I no longer live in Edinburgh,however, my parents, are still staying in Corstorphine, whilst my brother is not so far out of town.

Congratulations to Lindsay and Maurice for keeping such a great site together. It's most enjoyable just flicking through the list of guest and FPs names to see who I may recognise. Only a few....but I hope to catch the next reunion.....
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Graeme Lankford 
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Melbourne Australia
Sunday, 7. February 2010 11:49  Write a comment Send E-mail

I was a student at the college from September 1964 and departed in April 1966 to live in Australia (I notice that I do not have an official departure date from the college, so there we are). I was in primary 6 and 7 in 1964 and 1965, Brother Clancy was our teacher, but it was obvious that his health was failing, even in those early days. Brother Baylor must have one the strongest right arms in the business, he was always getting laid into one of, yes I remember the indoor shoes, they were a pet of his. I still have a photograph of ptimary 6 in 1965, I can still pick out Simon Pia, Mark Moore, Alaistar Cook, Robert Moat and Gordon Gafney to name but a few. My favourite teacher was Brother Carmody. God Bless you all. Graeme.
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john timms 
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Wednesday, 3. February 2010 09:47  Write a comment Send E-mail

does anyone remember the comencement of term after the summer breaks when the classroom floors were varnished and brother baylor went mad because we did not change into our ''indoor shoes''I bet the strap he used was hot at bthe end of the day




just been looking at the gallery and low and behold,aphoto of me in the people section.look at the bottom of the people gallery.this is what i look like to day.to look at me when i was at scotus.look at the class fotos,look for brother blake,im at his right hand side.if you find me.e-mail me




i recently asked about the broken leg that brother baylor had,well that should have been brother hastings.I dont remember brother baylor walking with a limp.



just been looking at the photos in the gallery section,and have found that there are no photos of the ''school huts''that we had for the classrooms,if anyone has a photo of them can they be sent to lindsay for the album



I'm trying to piece together the whole class that was with me in the the days of scotus, I have from memory got two so far, Derek Masserella and Michael Nolan, any else remember these two names. e-mail me with your response thanks


How many of you remember the two alsatian dogs that Jack had at the school. I also remember the dump truck that he drove.

Does anyone know how Brother Duignan is, I understand he has not been to well of late. Talking of ''brothers'' has Brother Hastings always had a walking stick since he went to the school? Did any feel at ease walking across the Glasgow Road to get to the school?


Hi
Does anyone remember the maths classes with Mr Hide. He used to make me stand in the front of the class if I got a question wrong, or could not understand an answer or an equation. From then on I hated the lessons with him.


Hi,
Happy belated new year to one and all, lets hope that we make a good new years promise to stay in contact with one another.
I have two questions,what year did Brother Baylor break his leg, and can anyone confirm that Ron Small, the history teacher as was) is the uncle to Norman Kelly. Any answeres that you have e-mail me please
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Sam Coward 
Location:
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Wednesday, 3. February 2010 09:44  Write a comment

Aidan Bremner, welcome aboard, a man who’s sideburns would have given Noddy Holder a good run for his money in his hey day. Gotta say to those that never met him, that this man introduced a new method of teaching, that it could be said, encouraged otherwise delinquent pupils to listen and learn.
Be friendly and kind and present your subject in a novel and interesting way.
Totally alien to Scotus culture. Maybe the place would have survived had staff taken heed of him.
Did you ever get that two stroke engine working Sir? The time I spent drawing pictures of it, I could have built a frame around it and ridden it home. Never could get the carburettor right though, always looked as if it had been badly cast.
And before Charlie Ross rips me up by saying he thought I only looked at this site when it is raining. For the past couple of weeks it has been pissing here. You guys had all the good weather. 40cm in one night! Lucky bastards! What I would have given over Christmas for 40cm of snow in one night, you lucky, lucky, bastards.
Mind you there are a few vids on you tube that make me snigger. M+S on the tire wall doesn’t mean it comes from a department store. I would be petrified driving in the UK with those slick Michelins. 50K worth of BMW and you might as well have no brakes, cos if you hit ‘em you aren’t going nowhere but straight on.
I watched this guy, ‘driving instructor’ explaining how to control a vehicle in the snow. “Don’t use 1st gear, pick away in 2nd , with low revs?, and as I imagined all these vehicles Kangerooing along congested icy roads at 40mph with little or no control I am screaming at the screen buy some Fuc...n snow tyres.
When the subject was eventually broached we were entertained by some jerk from a Motoring Association explaining that a couple of weeks of bad weather a year didn’t justify the expense!!! So for a couple of weeks a year you are not in control of your car? Makes the Christmas drink drive brigade pale in comparison if you ask me.

Next stage is a rant, so I will take a deep breath as the doctor advised and ….

For this years short story I will recite, ‘The Trip to Lindisfarne’. I see that a young lad has his ‘lone’ picture as a memory of this outing. The reason he is ‘alone’ is that he looked too young to be served in the local bar, which is where the rest of us were when the photo was taken. Enjoying some ‘local hospitality’, until some twat told a teacher and we were ejected. The attached letter to my parents, ( that I forgot to mention, but you have to read to understand the story) goes on to say that, later I was feeling sick.
True, I don’t deny it, but it had nothing to do with the Belhaven, but all to do with some monk that gave me a shot of the local hooch that tasted like alcoholic honey! Believe me on top of 3 pints of 80/- and two crab sandwiches the last thing you need is alcoholic honey!! Of course I felt sick, but at least I didn’t throw up all over the coach seats, eh A.T.

My old man kept every bit of paper he was ever given, I have his original exam papers from engineering college, his receipt for his 1932 ‘Rudge Ulster’ ( and just to make maybe a couple of FP’s wince, yes I also have the ‘Rudge Ulster’), then among other stuff I found the attached little gem. I always thought I had successfully intercepted that letter.

If Aidan Bremner goes to the next school reunion I will book an easy jet flight myself. Of course I would prefer to book a ‘Globespan’ flight, but that has been trashed by another group of thieving would be bankers, talking of which does Edinburgh have a, ‘Go Throw Things at Goodwins House Day,’ yet? Because I would definitely be up for that.

I have attached one other picture that may interest readers. This image constantly pops up in the corner of my screen and infuriates me no end. I asked my daughter what she thought it was, she replied that as the bagpipes are synonymous with Scotland, and syringes with hard drugs, she assumed that it was something highlighting the drug problem in Scotland.

My daughter is French, the very people that this advert from, ‘Scottish Development International’ is appealing to, it is in fact an effort to encourage French businesses to relocate to Scotland, (the syringes supposedly represent our link with penicillin!!!!), she thinks it is an anti heroin ad…
Where do these people dream them up? First thing that came into my head was the name I put on the picture, ‘Bagpipes on Smack’. And these people get paid for this……


Sorry, that turned into a rant, I am trying.

Happy New Year folks, I am often in Scotland for Linlithgow Marches, 1st Tuesday after 2nd Thursday in June, ( yep I know, but that’s how they do it and you don’t forget it). Good day out, goes back some 600 years, real history.

All the best Sam

Just a short P.S.
If anyone reading the above is under the impression that I am having a sneak brag about owning a 50K BMW, as my long suffering wife will confirm, I drive the type of car that you always park at the top of a hill.
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Aidan Bremner 
me(at)aidanbremner(dot)com
Location:
Praia da Luz
Wednesday, 3. February 2010 09:39  Write a comment Send E-mail

I've just read some interesting comments on the homepage notably Sam Cowards and hello Danny Gibbon jnr. Sorry to hear about your dad. I can remember him clearly.
I've got some bits and pieces to tell but it would be interesting if the missing parts were filled in. I was a pupil 1953-63 after repeating a year and channeled my efforts down one lane so to speak in Ricky's art classes filtering out the other subjects. This proved a bit of a problem and much catching up had to be done at a later stage. Years later I taught Art at Scotus, in the same little attic room for 5 years and when we got news of closure in advance, grabbed the first job available at a grotty garage at Roseburn as workshop manager. Well we can learn by our mistakes. I've got a list of topics to jolt the memories.
In terms of the 6th sense, does anyone remember how so many boys got hauled out because theyd had a fly puff on a fag? I can remember very few still sitting down, and innocent? I always enjoyed Arthur Oldhams tutoring, at least until I formed a crush on one of his daughters. Then I felt vulnerable when made to stand up and sing on my own. Actually it was a blessing in disguise, and I lost my fear of public performance .
What happened at that Donkey Derby day when an inebriated lay member of staff got caught short and peed into his own bowler hat in front of parents? It could be the same occasion that a couple of parents had a go at eachother.
Not many people know this but when i was interviewed for the job as Art teacher the next candidate was a lady and she was severely handicapped by the fact that on entering the grounds on foot discovered that her knicker elastic had bust and her drawers were at her ankles. Being on Holy Ground so to speak and having a fertile imagination she was embarrased to be inside a monastic environment.
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