dated July 05, 2005 from Colin
now a lawyer in Auckland, New Zealand. He had to
remind Mr Irving who instructed him in his
action against the New Zealand Government in
2005, that he had sat next to him in class at
comment is my forte, David but I just want to
comment nostalgically on the list of negative - if
somewhat briefly. 1955
mock elections I remember well - you
[standing for Labour Party, left]
and [David Handley] Hutt
[above centre, with Nicholas Irving]
and the National Party - my brother Nigel
also stood. "Damme Nick" [Nichols, a
bibulous teacher] still used the
bee-sting (earflick) as a form of punishment
for my grandchildren. I guess he's dead from Liver
There was Chignall also (Cheesenose) who
taught us geography (unsuccessfully) in Upper Two.
Everitt I recall supplied his car for an
outing with two young ladies - one was Christine
Cousins - a shapely young blond and daughter of
Ernie Cousins - a Communist who read the
Daily Worker. Lived at Bracken Bank - is
that the same family? It gets even more interesting
because when I finished with Christine she went off
with Seagrave of Upper Six Arts. He in turn
studied Russian with me at JSSL Crail, and was
posted to Berlin, working under the Olympic Stadium
where I visited him. I have a photo of him
Hale now lives and works in Dunedin where
he was classics professor just a few years ago.
Also Head of School, maybe after you left. I
remember and liked
Johnnie Bowden [right] but
[A C] Lawson was not my type either
- ended up as a pharmacist in Shenfield.
Lemoine taught me French but I had no
idea of the Russian connection - he had a rather
ugly nose. Basil Sheppard taught me Russian
but had heart problems. Shields and "Tusky"
Lewis taught divinity. Willis I
remember well at Roden House in that small back
classroom - Tony Richards from Lower Six
Arts imitated him perfectly, especially the way he
grimaced with a full display of lower mandibles.
Amazing how names produce the face at that
distance, David; one more, Innes - very
girlish appearance - black curly hair and a kind of
ingenuous grin. Pendegrass corpulent and
first in Classical Five - I was second.
If I see the photos more will be triggered no
doubt. I have a good MP and journalist in the
Parliamentary lobby lined up for yr next step.
of all David Irving's books