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Alec Gray

Profile Updated: March 10, 2017
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Current Occupation (if any) & Previous Occupations:
Retired ; Merchant Banking followed by a long period of enforced unemployment.
Yes! Attending Reunion
School Years: Which years did your time at Sloane cover?

1958-64

House: Which House were you in at Sloane?

Beaufort

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

By the bi-lingual wits as 'fatigue' (understand acute accent)

School Memories?

Staff:
Messrs Lumsdaine, Gorman, Hill, Noble, Eversfield, Harris (French), Harris(Physics), Stockwell, Guy Boas and Doc Henry(Headmasters while I was attending with Messrs Bailey and, I believe Pledger deputising for the former before ' The Henry' took over. Plus most passers by in the interim.

Classmates in form1a wedged between John Gilbey and Ray Gunning for the first year.But despite being sorted, thereafter, into different streams, remember a good many names and faces of my contemporaries.
Carr, Hall, Hanlon

What has happened in your life since you left Sloane?

Supported the off-shoot football team "Sloane United" from initiation to disbandment.

Where did you live when you were at Sloane?

Hammersmith and Roehampton

Which Primary school did you attend?

Waterside J.M.& I Hammersmith

What is your full address?:

8,The Footpath, Roehampton, London, SW15 5AW

Home Phone Number:

0208 8764800

Hobbies/Interests:

Anything to keep brain active.

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

Current media, with one or two exceptions, are of little interest,so tend to have become rather expert on plays films radio and Tv that occupied a mis-spent youth.
Any radio/television written by Andy Hamilton
Actors mostly ancient or deceased;
Judi Dench is tops (not especially for her "M" so much as Stage and television), any similar names that came out of the RSC of the 60s
Older actors known more from celluloid appearances

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

More Non-Fiction: Screen/Stage, History(Most periods,special interests in matters military) 20th Century Broadway/Hollywood Composers; Kern, The Gershwins, Porter et al.
Fiction tends more towards UK 60s "Kitchen-Sink"
US Steinbeck, Sinclair Lewis, William Faulkener
European Emile Zola, Chekov, Dostoyevski, Gogol

Humour: Who or what makes you laugh?

Laurel and Hardy, Groucho Marx, "Beyond Our Ken/Round the Horne"
a belated appreciation of "The Goons"
Black humour
Almost anything penned by Andy Hamilton

Newspapers or Magazines: Which titles do you read regularly?

not necessary with news overload on the wireless

What are your pet hates?

G.B.H of the English Language
Others too numerous to mention
to a greater or lesser degree
But tolerant of most foibles

Music: What music would you like played at your funeral? This should give everyone an idea of your musical taste and music/songs that mean a lot to you.

"Send In The Clowns" "Blowing in the Wind"

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

The whole of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

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Mar 10, 2017 at 7:42 PM

Posted on: Mar 10, 2017 at 1:57 PM

Interesting to see recent reference to former old boy Jeremy Spenser. In 1962 i remember a group of us doing Latin were taken by Jake Gorman to LAMDA to see him and Alfred Burke as Tiresias in a production of 'The Bacchae'

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Dec 22, 2016 at 11:38 PM

Posted on: Dec 22, 2016 at 10:08 PM

Compliments of the Season to all surviving Old Cheyneans

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Dec 21, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Posted on: Dec 17, 2016 at 10:01 PM

Hi Noel, I joined Mr Smart's 1a in 1958 before the next year's stream shake-up, and although not close friends remember you very well. I,unfortunately, dropped out before being able to see your well-received performance of 'common man' to Dicky Price's equally well-received Thomas More.(Wonder why 'A Man for All Seasons' does not figure on your favourite film list. Perhaps you thought Blakely and Scofield paled by comparison with Sloane!
Although not of particularly sportive figure or ability I formed friendships with many of the 1958 intake and tend to remember even those on my periphery-it's difficult not to with the daily roll call for a year.The most influential teacher was Sloane's own 'Mr Chips'- Keith Lumsdaine,or 'Lummy' as we, who accompanied Him on many weekend excursions, knew Him. From this group i particularly remember Boother as an ever-present member. After 'Lummy' as far as the 'Arts' side was concerned, there was 'Jock', 'Len' Hill and a few later sessions with Peter Carlin, whom I gather was the 'Lummy' of later intakes.
I'm still in contact with Graham Carr, whom you may remember as a rival in the 'Long Plunge' finals at Chiswick Baths and quite an all-rounder at throwing events-shot, discus and javelin as well as resident on football and cricket first elevens along with Richard 'Prof' Hall. Norman Hanlon and Eric Idle inter alia.
Had a meet up in my area with several other old Cheynians on Saturday 10th Dec- all out of my era but John Bolland still looking disgustingly fit. Most of my enforced physical activity was under supervision of Ind and Alford.
Don't know if my name rings any bells with you at all.
Have a great day on the 24th. Very best wishes,
Alec

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Dec 15, 2016 at 11:37 AM
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Aug 16, 2016 at 4:06 PM

John,
A year below you, although not of a sporting bent myself was good friends with Graham Carr, Norman Hanlon, Richard 'Prof' Hall, Alan Idle among others of the sporting fancy of the late 1957 intake. Am i mistaken in the belief that you turned out for Sloane United as well as playing alongside the others in Sloane matches?

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Dec 23, 2016 at 11:18 PM

Posted on: Sep 20, 2015 at 10:05 AM

Have a very Happy Day tomorrow. All best wishes.

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Posted on: Nov 17, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Finally the end of the line. Is this the only double set of red Telephone boxes left in the country? Expect they are listed. Think they just look great here...well with all those famous tombs in Brompton Cemetery someone must want to make a call some where. "Hello is that Heaven...?
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