Roger Slater (57-61)

Mike Nicholson’s recollections of the NCP in the late-1950s/early 1960s are fascinating. These were my years and there is much in this account that I don’t recall at all – though I do remember Potter blowing down the gas pipe for the Bunsen burners, to cause an air block! I don’t recall bad teaching –…

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The Macquarie Song

THE MACQUARIE SONG – as sung in the mid-1950s to the tune of “This Old House” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WhLhF12TBE. This old school was once a heaven, This old school once knew no strikes, This old school was kind and lenient, This old school let us ride bikes, But since the police objected, There has been so much…

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Pangbourne Vocab

Further to Mike’s post many of those terms where applicable in my time 74-81. I remember also Official Rec (Recreation) Rig (Blazer/Paravucini with white shirt) and Unofficial Rec Rig, which was the same but with the option of a solid coloured shirt. If my memory serves me correctly this was worn when leaving the College…

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Pangbourne Vocabulary #2

We must not forget “Lids” for caps, “Grids” for bicycles, “Crystal” for what was the Loo – now the Library), “Mush” for a recent starter at the College, “Nervy” for an obstreperous junion cadet, “Congers” for Sunday service practice held on Tuesdays (I think), “Gobbo” for the mess hall steward and “Gobbo Duty” for those…

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Pangbourne Vocabulary #1

I remember the use of the word “peg” to describe the court martials we had, administered by the Cadet Officers (C.O.`s). You either got “cuts” (caned), or C.P. (corrective punishment). New cadets were called “mushes”, (pronounced mooshes). You were generally a “mush” for the first two terms at the college. The community areas in the…

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NCP during Second World War

Tim Tilden-Smith (44-46) Specific memories…I don’t think I ever did fire watching from the top of Devitt tower but I know it went on. I do remember that there was an Italian PoW camp on Pangbourne Hill which used to fascinate us. Canadian troops were stationed near the school before D-Day. We spent a lot…

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