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Friday, 6 February 2009

Then and Now.Ron Ratchford from down under.




6 comments:

Ron R. said...

I served 26 years in the Australian Army and now work part time for the Defence Dept in Canberra ACT. I shall be retiring this year. We have recently purchased a flat in Truro Cornwall and intend spending six months in Australia and six months in the UK, catching up with family and friends.

We have four children and four grandchildren and feel that we have repaid the initial 10 pound we coughed up 36 years ago

bob stevens said...

Hi.Ron I think you and I know each other, you lived above the shops on the parade along from the Holyoak family I think, your neighbours wer Mr. and Mrs Farrant who lived above F.Hawkins the grocers, nice to read your on board the cuckooites site, send some memories of the years at school.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bob, I think one of the biggest influences on my life was passing the eleven plus and going to Drayton Manor grammar school, as did many of the kids from the estate. My motivation was dreading going to Cuckoo Seniors, after listening to my three elder brothers, Harry, John and Reg relating story around our dinner table. Mostly about the teachers, who all appeared to be ex-concentation guards, as a minimum requirement.

I passed the eleven plus, the problem was we didn't have spare money in those days, so when the list of required DMGS uniform/pt gear arrived, it was a desperate wait for a Provident Cheque (the official Estate Currency I believe), which had to be spent in Abernethies in Hanwell Broadway as the only suppliers of the correct uniform. O'course my Mum bought a size that would see me through several years growth, which was glaringly obvious when we lined up on day one. Another reason to sue our parents.

Anyway I spent 90 per cent of my time playing or thinking about football until I realised that girls weren't like sisters at all. The only lesson I was any good at apparently was geography and I managed one GCE in that subject. One of the teacher sneeringly said "and what are you going to do with that Ratchford"? "Travel sir" I retorted. To that end I have travelled the world and actually made a successful life in Oz, which is as far away from Cuckoo Seniors I could get....Ron R

Ted baker said...

Hi Ron you are right about the seniors ex army guards. it was my history teachers who knock out my tooth. All because i past wind in the class. all the other kids were laughing. He stood up all six feet of him built like a tree. and said who was that. They all stopped laughing and looked at me. He said Baker come out here. wham i saw stars. my tooth was gone.When i got home i told my mum. She went mad and went straight down the school. Its a pity she never got hold of him she would have knock his lights out. She was'nt scared of anyone MA BAKER FROM 73 WESTCOTT CRESENT.

Ron Ratchford said...

Hi Ted, good to see you joined the party. I always wondered, did you make a fortune from that Chinese scrapbook? Am still in touch with Roy on a regular basis. I've read your stuff, keep it coming.

Ted baker said...

Hi Ron i sold the scrape book fo £30.Not bad.Ive got so much junk now. one garage full of stuff. my office is full of junk. but it does sell in time. Mick is down with Roy at the moment, there of to see your other friend to-night for dinner He lives in the grove road Ealing. Have you still got youy narrowboat at harefield.Iwish now that when i had the money i should have brought one myself.Good for fishing and painting, the quiet life. im of to a auction there on friday this week. 13/2/09 its on there at st Mary's church hall every two weeks.The high road harefield. If your ever up there you should go to it i found some good stuff there. Any im off now as its 6.30 in the morning here been up since 4am . by Ted.