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31 January 2009

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It's amazing what an effect good teachers can have. Many people when interviewed about some accomplishment trace its genesis back to the classroom.

I notice Miss Mabey was 89; she obviously belonged to that generation of women who were prepared to, or expected to, sacrifice marriage and a family for a vocation.

So true. I had a geography teacher at my school in Harrow who brought countries alive with her own experience of travel and different cultures and her love of it all.

I too remember Miss Mabey with affection. She gave me that love of history that has remained always with me and has now been passed down to my grandson. How old the teachers seemed yet in reality they were just a decade or so older than we were. I remember them all.
We were fortunate in having such gifted teachers and the most wonderful Head, Mother Angela Carolan who knew every one of us.

ANY GUMLEY-ITE KNOW HOW TO LOCATE ELIZABETH POYSER ?...1959 --1966

Miss Mabey gave me a lifelong love of history as well. But the teacher I remember with total admiration was Mother Mary-John. She taught us to question everything and to be our own person . She was worldly-wise and a great inspiration. Good old Gumley now there was an education.

THESE. TEACHERS. HAD A PASSION. NOT. A. JOB. INFUSED WITH. PROFOUND. DEDICATION. . LOVE. RESPONSIBILITY. TO MOULD YOUNG MINDS. AND. ABSOLUTE. COMMAND. OF. THEIR. SUBJECT AREA.

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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