Unbelievably, it is Christmas time once more, and time to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a happy and prosperous I won't describe my activities in any detail- the usual hiking, dining out, reading, taking courses and running book clubs. The only new thing is sciatica in my left leg- painful at times, but doesn't keep me from hiking.
Lots of PT and exercises including Pilates, hoping it will go away. As usual, I spent the summer at the house in Estes Park. This summer was remarkable for wildflowers as a result of last year's flooding. Sandra is now an expert at wildflower identification, and added greatly to her species count There are about species of flowers in Rocky Mountain National Park.
This was also a good year for wildlife- we had lots of deer with two sets of twin fawns among them and elk, with an occasional moose, plus all the local rodents and a badger. Sandra took some excellent photos of these, usually surrounded by the lush flowers and bushes. The one negative note was that my eye doctor from Denver was murdered in Rocky Mountain National Park- pushed off a cliff by her husband!
We travelled a good deal, usually to our favorite area, Northern New Mexico, and spent much time in Santa Fe - amazing food! We had a good visit from Shelley Charik, who cooked a wonderful meal for a group of us. December 4 is not only my birthday never you mind how old I am! And that about covers ! I hope you had a good year as well, and I wish you all the best for Regards, Rod From John Norris: Am still in contact with a number of Lyddon members from my period: Stephen Johnson, for both of whose weddings I had the distinction of playing the organ ; Ian Shepherd, who still lives in the States but visits at least once a year; Dickie Loweth, who is married, second wife , and living in his family home town of Kirby Muxloe in Leicestershire.
I haven't heard from John Trew, since , when I played for his wedding to Diana Cawdell, but believe they have a son, named Freddie. I have spent the years since leaving Lyddon, teaching, currently at Oakham School, in Rutland, but still visit Leeds regularly, never ceasing to be struck by its attractiveness and my own degree of fondness for it. I simply assumed that he still hasn't forgiven me for holding one or two noisy gatherings in the room adjacent to his.
Now living at Nuthall, Nottingham. Now a member of the St Helen's Anglican church in Trowell. Would love to hear from some of you ex-Lyddonites From Shelley Charik: I was at Leeds studying Chinese and Economics from to I joined the Lyddon Hall Association and later its Committee. I held a number of posts including 10 years as Chairman. So good a Chairman was I that the finances and administration of the Association collapsed entirely during my final year of office.
There has not been an AGM or a new election for Committee members or officers since. I continue to act as Treasurer both of the Association and of the Trust Fund, in the absence of anyone else. After leaving Leeds I worked in marketing in the engineering industry, did a one year post-graduate diploma course at Manchester Business School and joined the Department of Trade and Industry in I have worked if you can call it that there ever since and am now Director of the National Measurement System.
He did Chinese studies and was a little, er, eccentric. He wore a monocle and academic gown and carried a cane. He stood unsuccessfully for union-president, but created quite a stir.
I fear he died in tragic circumstances. That I live in Hong Kong, and have done so for almost seven years I cannot deny; that I collect Chinese artefacts and give dinner parties is also true. But I also do other things as well.
Perhaps I should mention to John in passing that a Ming armchair or an Imperial Qing bed examples of both of which are among the 'artefacts' - see below is an inexpensive and preferable alternative to the plastic chairs and leather sofas so beloved of the bewildered rich out here. I don't know that I would judge my cooking as 'dinner parties' - making a salade verte is major manual work even with air conditioning.
I do love China, and often go. I manage well enough in Cantonese, and although I don't have Putonghua, I have always managed to get whatever I wanted or needed with sign language and a smile. Unlike so many Lyddon old boys, I haven't managed to marry, but I do have 34 children, all Chinese and all much loved. Thus far SARS has claimed none of them, probably because I insist on fresh air and forbid any mention of Hello Kitty, pot noodles, Macdonalds and anything American in fact or game-boy.
I also ask them not to read articles about Betty Tung, the wife of the Chief Executive. She looks like a gorilla in a black crash helmet, and would certainly upset my policy of encouraging them to see beauty in everything.
I should so much like to renew contact with Miles Mooney - he was always such a faithful friend, never failing to write at Christmas and on birthdays, unlike, I am obliged to say, Little Norrit - and I misplaced his address whilst with the Trappists in France.
If anyone could give me an address or an e-mail, I should be SO grateful. I see that Norrit is teaching at Oakham now. One of my children is currently there and doing very well in English too. Perhaps I should warn him? Best wishes to everyone, Julian Kerrell-Vaughan, a.
Unbelievably, it is Christmas time once more, and time to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a happy and prosperous I won't describe my activities in any detail- the usual hiking, dining out, reading, taking courses and running book clubs.
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