Michael Gurling

Profile Updated: March 1, 2017
Current Occupation (if any) & Previous Occupations:
Senior Software Quality Assurance Analyst. Tampa, FL (USA).
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Name of Spouse/Partner:
Kathleen C. Heikkila
Children's names and the year they were born:
Ian David,Born 1971 Notts. UK;
Neil John, Born 1974 Derbys. UK;
William Edward, Born 1985 CT. More…USA;
Danielle Cheri, Born 1989 CT. USA
School Years: Which years did your time at Sloane cover?

1955 1960

House: Which House were you in?


Were you known by any other name or nickname at school?


School Memories?

Headmaster Guy Boas
Recall Mr Harrison
Mr Harris
Mr Ager
Mr (Percy) Pledger
My first year was G.M Mason's last year. I saw him perform Troilus & Creseda
Friends: Trev Trotman, Ian David Stroud, Bob St Jean, Graham Simmonds.
Oh so much more particularly the 'Fives' court which I should have joined but never did.
Oh yes and standing on the bench in that shed in the wall next to Carlyle. Well everyone else was standing on benches instead of sitting too.

What has happened in your life since you left Sloane?

Sloane set me up probably as well as it could. In retrospect those teachers couldn't know how to deal with working class kids like I was. I found out last year that my 7 years older elder brother applied there and was denied. I applied to Archbishop Tennyson’s where he went and was denied!
Mr Pledger once told me "No matter what test score you achieve, or exams you pass, with your accent, you are going nowhere in this world" I only recently realised he was advising me to drop the slang. At the time I though he was saying "No matter what, you are destined to fail because you have that accent".
I have had a fairly successful career in computer engineering. Hardware and Software. At 68 I'm still respected by my colleagues. I'll always keep studying new things. I'm convinced that's the way to avoid all forms of dementia.
I Like living in Florida and I just took citizenship. But I'm still proud and outspoken about my British heritage and Sloane education. Oh! and I still follow Chelsea. With Binoculars we could see much of the games from the Science lab.
Still working in Software designed to assist on setting up Student Loans. Great company to work for.
We also own Timber Oaks Pet Spa & Daycare. Dogs are easier to deal with than Hominids!!

Where did you live when you were at Sloane?

I lived in Clerkenwell on the edge of the city.
I was there 6 months before Mum & Dad got enough money together to buy me my first school uniform. They were still the best parents I could have had!!!!

Which Primary school did you attend?

Burdette Couttes, Westminster. & St Clement Dane's, Aldwych

What is your full address?:

11744 La Madera Blvd.
Port Richey, FL 34668

Home Phone Number:

USA 727-753-8505

Mobile Phone Number:

USA 203-804-1822

When and where were you married?

2008 New Port Richey, Florida


Genealogy, Palaeontology, Astronomy, Cosmology, history, literature, languages, computer languages, skepticism, Charles Dickens.

Teams: Do you support any sports teams?

Chelsea, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida college teams (yes any of em), Well maybe Miami is low on the list!

TV/Films/Radio: What are your favourite films and programmes. Who are your favourite actors/actresses?

Discovery suite of channels, National Geographic, PBS

Books: Fiction or non-fiction? Favourite books/authors?

Anything that grabs my interest as Dickens does

Humour: Who or what makes you laugh?


Newspapers or Magazines: Which titles do you read regularly?

Skeptics Magazine

What are your pet hates?

Pomposity, selfishness.

Music: What music would you like played at your funeral?

Something happy Jazz or late 50's Rock. Celebrate knowing me...or...go home!

Is there a poem or other piece of writing you'd particularly like read at your funeral?

The Highwaman - Alfred Noyes

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Mar 31, 2017 at 10:00 PM
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Mar 21, 2017 at 9:33 AM
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Posted on: Mar 01, 2017 at 11:28 AM

Sometimes wish I was closer (or richer) to attend some of those reunions. It's be good to see the old streets of Chelsea again.
A visit is on the bucket list.

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Posted on: Jan 23, 2017 at 11:01 PM

Was contacted today and had a pleasant phone call with a classmate who for part of the year is about 50 miles from us.
Peter actually left Sloane 2 years before I arrived as a terrified 11 year old but still a link with the past with common experience is always welcome.
Sloane in Florida!

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Jan 18, 2017 at 2:19 AM

Posted on: Jan 17, 2017 at 1:35 PM

I have been telling the "Yanks" here for years: No, I'm English. I don't know what a Brit is!

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Dec 12, 2016 at 1:33 AM

Always saddened to see such news in one (comparitively) so young. As a survivor I know the feelings, fears and progression of emotions that accompany the diagnosis. Sympathy to his family & friends.

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Sep 15, 2016 at 9:33 PM

Gordon was before my Sloane time. But I'm always saddened by seing this list grow. My sympathy to his family snd friends. Mick.

Aug 03, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Welcome Brian. You were a couple of years ahead of me but glad you're here.

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Posted on: Jun 24, 2016 at 12:57 PM

So now Brexit is a reality.
Next is if Trump gets elected half the states will pull out of the union. Of course if Hillary gets elected the other half will do so.

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Posted on: Apr 08, 2016 at 6:13 PM

I think Mark's message is saying it's time to upgrade my 1997 vi tage Netscape Communicator.

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Posted on: Feb 29, 2016 at 4:20 PM

I rarely subscribe to sayings and legends re affairs of the heart etc but Feb 29 provides an exception:

In Italy, where they say "anno bisesto, anno funesto" (which means leap year, doom year), there are warnings against planning special activities such as weddings. The reason?

"Anno bisesto tutte le donne senza sesto" which means "In a leap year, women are erratic."

After all, why should they be different, on Feb 29th, to the remainder of the time?

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Jan 25, 2016 at 8:39 PM

Posted on: Jan 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Re: recent updates.

Fascinating and somewhat deflating to see part of my youth officially designated as *History*!

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Posted on: Sep 03, 2015 at 2:14 PM

Took this yesterday in the back yard. The moment the Atlas Rocket launch broke the sound barrier.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 6:29 AM
Mick Gurling about 1946
Posted: Apr 28, 2015 at 1:18 PM
About 12 - Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell.
Posted: Apr 28, 2015 at 12:56 PM
Mick Gurling about 1954.
Farringdon Road Clerkenwell, London
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 6:29 AM
Mick Gurling
Approx 1984