Well not quite today, but this year marks 20 years since leaving school. This week I got the invitation for a reunion on the other side of the planet in two weeks time.
Getting to Australia at any time is a long, long flight and I usually try and make a couple of weeks of it if possible, so this time I am going to pass. I usually laugh at people that say a 13 hour flight is a long flight. It is, but try two of those back to back, with an hour or two at the beginning, middle and end. It’s like being a sardine for a day.
The invite had a section on what was happening in 1987…
Do you remember when –
We won the PSA swimming for the first time (whilst we managed to loose the Head of the River, and the first XVIII failed to register a win all season).
I remember all those silly chants we learnt and I remember that young year 9 swimmer who won everything he entered. Other schools taunted us: “How much did he cost?” How rude of them. I am sure his swimming performance made no difference in his school selection interview. 😉 (Side note an “Aussie Rules” team has 18 players, hence the first XVIII. As I recall, all the good players from the previous year went to the West Coast Eagles.)
Fremantle hosted the America’s Cup.
We lost the cup back to Dennis Conner.
You could play bogball and not worry that someone was going to sue you for physical injury.
There was an ‘R’ and an ‘S’ block.
I remember certain staff doing their block!
Carlton were the VFL Premiers and Hawthorn’s John Plattern won the Brownlow Medal
The West Coast Eagles played their first game at Subi Oval (beating Richmond by 14 points )
Notice the AFL skew here – good to see the Eagles win the premiership last year.
The Midnite Youth Theatre Company formed, followed by a associated UK tour at about the same time as the release of the movie ‘Wall St’.
Hmm, I never made that connection between the two but I do remember playing a small part in the MYTC. Of course that makes it the 20 year reunion for the founding of the MYTC aswell. The Midnite tour was a blast and Tony Howes who is still taking kids on tours of the UK 20 years later should get an award for his services to drama.
Mr Hodgson looked younger than most of the kids he was teaching (and still does!)
Australia wont the Cricket World Cup by beating England in Calcutta.
Some things never change!
Robby Naish was still the Overall World Champion windsurfer.
Bob Hawke’s government was re-elected for a third term.
Was that the famous “No child will be in poverty by 1990” election?
If you wanted to do something contraband, you went ‘down the banks’.
Ahh yes, sweet memories! Not that I was ever down there, I didn’t smoke.
All this was too much for the stock market, let alone Headmaster Tony Hill and his deputy Peter Tooke, both of whom left CCGS at the end of 1987, along with our Sportsmaster, Mr Akos Kovacs, who retired from his PE role.
It was a bit of a watershed year. Kosh was a legend and taught generations of boys with his firm Hungarian style.
All this sort of stuff can tend to make you a bit reflective and could tip one into a mid-life crisis if you let it! It certainly drags some of the memories back and makes you think about the next 20 years. This is a good thing. I certainly have lot to be thankful for and while there are good memories back there and it would be great to catch up with all the guys 20 years on, I am focusing on the next 20. There is far too much going on at the moment to be pining for the good-old-days. The future is bright…
Oh and if there are any people from way back when dropping though London, feel free to get in touch.