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    Lots of WW11 photos of Brum

    Is that Alf Garnett in the background?
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    George Dixons Grammar School

    No I did not do 6th form. Sadly, I did not take GD very seriously. It was after a poor showing one year that a teacher told me that "...someone has to sweep the roads." After that I lost interest and in my opinion at the time, was of the opinion that GD was a stagnant relic, staffed by some...
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    George Dixons Grammar School

    1963/4-1969. I was in 1A with Rudi. One event that has stayed with me over the years was our introduction to Art with Pat Hanks. He espoused a very 'radical' (but quite correct) opinion that plastic flowers and 'Paint by Numbers' were a ghastly insult to nature and the art world. Mr. Hanks said...
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    George Dixons Grammar School

    I am so sorry to hear that. Rudi was a great rugby player and exceptionally nice person also. Was this a long illness or something else?
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    George Dixons Grammar School

    Kath it appeared she was very much wrong, just as they were in my case and probably innumerable other cases. I've reflected back over the years at the treatment meted out to many pupils at GD. Some of the 'teachers' were more inclined to sarcasm than to encouraging learning. In those cases I...
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    Hall Green Technical College

    I spent 12 months at hall Green Tech for the 1970-1971 year. This was after my several previous and unhappy years at George Dixon Grammar school when, after a poor academic showing, I was told by one of the particularly acidic teachers that “somebody has to sweep the roads.” Subsequently I know...
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    Dentistry past and present in Brum

    I can completely sympathize with Ray T. I had many ghastly visits to the dentist which was on Maple Road in Bourneville. I see that per Google, there is still a dental surgery on that site. I'm sure that their services are splendid and much less Victorian than my experiences over 50 years ago...
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    George Dixons Grammar School

    Interesting post there John. Like you I started in 1A at GD and have good memories of Rudolph and Martin, as well as Paul Mayhew. My illustrious start in an ‘A’ stream class was doomed to have me with you John and others, swimming in the depths of the ‘C’ stream from year two for the rest of my...
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    George Dixons Grammar School

    Looking directly at the camera is, I believe, Martin Ashcroft. Talking to Rudolph Smith is Bill Hendon. Also it looks like John Dale, Geoff Benton and Mark Goldberg in the background.
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    127 Bristol Road

    Odd numbers on Bristol Road were on the right side of the road as you left the city centre and not the left in the modern Highgate development.
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    1960s cars

    Yes, the days of tune ups, engine timing lights, distributor caps etc. In those days 40-50,000 miles was a high mileage car. My 14 year old FJ Cruiser has 152,000 miles and runs beautifully.
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    1960s cars

    I think all cars back then were rot boxes.
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    1960s cars

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    Calthorpe Road

    Beautiful house. There are some very similar on Wellington Road.
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    Good classical music on YouTube

    I find this absolutely enchanting. The Llibre Vermell and the Cantigas de Santa Maria:
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    George Dixons Grammar School

    I happen to know that one of the protagonists of the honky-tonk/stink bomb event was Don G. He and others had similar thoughts about the repressive attitudes at GD. We have both agreed that education is not the learn 'like a parrot' system, but more the encouragement for a pupil to learn. He...
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    Crockett & lowe

    Hello Gwynfor. I'm pleased to see that my memory was correct and yes, the Rolls was red. I distinctly remember Mr. Crockett pulling up, just outside the entrance to George Dixon School at Five ways. Naturally, several of us where very impressed. The passenger door opened and out climbed Andrew...
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    Sons Of Rest

    I had no idea about the Sons of Rest. I always thought it referred to the British Leyland workers.
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    Crockett & lowe

    Slightly off topic, but a friend of mine from George Dixon Grammar school, Andrew Crockett, was I believe the son of the owner back in the late 1960's. His dad used to drop him off in Rolls some days. Lost touch with Andrew after school days.