ON SATURDAY, 17 March, the school football team travelled to Craven Cottage, the ground of Fulham F.C. to assist with a collection on
behalf of a fund administered by Richard Hearn (Mr. Pastry), which is devoted to providing swimming pools for spastic children.
The boys had a touch-line view of the game between Fulham and Sheffield United, a thrilling match with seven really good goals, 5-2 in
At half-time the boys paraded around the pitch, holding sheets into which they encouraged the spectators to throw money. This proved quite a
hazardous task, and I wonder if the origin of the phrase 'give him a fourpenny one' can be associated with something similar. No fourpenny
pieces are minted today but the boys were certainly bombarded with, every type of coinage in use today, and two had cut heads (not serious).
Young ladies from a local swimming club also assisted with the collection; the collection amounted to £135, a useful contribution to so worthy
WATERLOO ! WHO has not been told by their history master or heard of Waterloo, 'for evermore a part of Britain on the Continent'? Here the
future of Europe was decided—for a while anyway!—on the 18th June, 1815.
The line-up was as follows:
The allied armies under C.-in-C. Duke of Wellington consisted of 630,000 men (mostly in reserve), English Army, Dutch-Belgian Army,
Austrian Army, and Prussian Army under 75-year-old General Blucher.
The French Army under Napoleon, 125,000 men, under the Generals Grouchy, Cambronne, Roguet, Christiani, Gerard and Marshal Ney.
Napoleon had escaped from Elbe Island, was welcomed by his soldiers in Paris who decided to follow him on his last 'outing'. The French
made their way to Charleroi, positioned themselves by and around Mont St. Jean. Wellington fell back on Waterloo, bent on blocking the way
to Brussels; he did not underestimate the fighting qualities and experience of the French side, but Napoleon thought Wellington an incapable
General and the English not good soldiers. The French were tired and hungry, without their bacon and eggs, no wonder they lost! It had also
rained which was much to their dislike. The actual battle, the main event, only lasted one day (although there had been a number of skirmishes
starting from I5th June) yet there had not been before or since such a big concentration of soldiers on so short a space of ground, fighting for
and with so much at stake, each side had all to win or lose. The fighting was face to face, like a football match but no referees or off-sides boys!
Fighting was ferocious, bloody, and terrible, no quarter given or asked for by both sides. In the final rout, the French were being pursued and
were killing each other rather than surrender. The real turning point of battle came when Napoleon thought that the troops he saw coming were
his own under General Grouchy, instead they turned out to be the Prussians, Wellington having decided on a clean finish off, pursued the
remnants of the enemy so the Giants, as the enemy were, were now brought to heel, and as Wellington's orders 'were 'we shall win, we have to
win, this is the moment to finish off Boney'.
In a space of field approximately 2 half miles x three quarters mile, there were 49,000 soldiers dead! The allies lost 22,000, the French 27,000
and 8,000 prisoners. Napoleon escaped, to be exiled at St. Helena Isle, to_die in 1821. 'Waterloo was won on the fields of Eton' it has been
said, no doubt because many officers were educated there.
MAIN POINTS OF BATTLE NOT TO MISS WHEN VISITING WATERLOO
Lion on the Mount. Erected on the site where the Prince of Orange was wounded, this dominates the battle ground; on the mount are telescopes
and recordings of the main points of battle. Take your time going up, it is said to have been built by women!
Circular Museum. Circular colour painting of the battlefield, with all the regiments shown, a really big, well-done job, mostly by
Hougoumont Farm. Only the chapel is left of the original castle; here 6,000 lost their lives, the castle changing hands many times over.
The British flag finally went up. The crucifix can be seen partly burnt in the chapel. Three hundred men were flung in the well, now blocked up.
This is a particularly sacred spot.
Caillou Farm (Museum). Napoleon's H.Q., here the emperor stayed the night of the I7th June, 1815.
Haie-Sainte Farm. An allied position of 1,000 men defending, only 42 survived, on Nivelles Road.
Mont. St. Jean Farm. Here Wellington rested on the night of I7th June, 1850, served as a hospital for allies. There, Belgian General
Van Merlen died of his wounds.
Papelotte Farm. An allied position, changed hands many times.
V. Hugo, the French writer often sat under the tilleuls trees.
Belle-Alliance Farm. Here Wellington and Bluicher shook hands and celebrated victory.
Waterloo Church. Here are memorial tablets to English officers and men, and a white marble bust of Wellington given by his family.
H.Q. of Wellington Here Wellington rested part of night of 17th June, 1815, opposite Waterloo Church. Interesting museum.
Observation Post of Napoleon. In a field, Napoleon watched progress of battle.
French Monument. Marks the spot where French army made last stand under General Cambronne, refusing to surrender. They died
gloriously, so saving honour of France.
Gordon Monument. Erected in 1817 by his family. Lt.-Col. Gordon, who was A.D.C. to Wellington, an iron ball taking off his leg. This
monument marks the level of the field before earth was taken to build the Lion Mount.
Prussian and Hanover Monuments— Victor Hugo Monument. This French poet and writer immortalized Waterloo in his books, and he
stayed one year at the Hotel de Colonnes, now a museum.
There it is, you can see the battle film at two cinemas, visit the Waxworks, buy a souvenir, send your picture postcard home, but without your
imagination you will little appreciate Waterloo. You need a full day's visit, so bring that along with you and if I am still about and free I shall
be pleased to guide any Goldings people around.
Advice to cricketers. Don't be too keen on playing with cannon balls, they really are very heavy! After all, it is possible, that this article might
influence those sporting types.
RECORDS—AND ALL THAT JAZZ
IT'S HAPPENED Man injured doing the twist.' This was front
page news in one of England's Sunday newspapers. So what! It's happened. Everyone knew it would happen. The public were warned about
physical exertion, and because someone oversteps the physical limit he makes front page news. Also there was the young man who after
attaining a world marathon twisting record (which has since been broken) spent the following day getting over it and found out he had lost his
job for not attending work. All this over the latest, maddest, craziest mixed-up dance craze—the Twist. Debs., Dukes, young and old, are all
'having a go', and enjoying themselves too. As with every new dance craze you get the individuals who disapprove. The Twist has been called
'a motion provoking sex'. What funny people we have in this world (or people with funny minds). Where they get that idea is only their own
business. Also with every new dance, records flood the markets, and the better ones get into the hit parade. Chubby Checker, who was supposed
to have started the Twist, has had the largest success record ways. His 'Let's Twist Again' topped the British hit parade also his first record The
Twist' was placed fairly high. Other artists such as Joey Dee and the Starliters, Sam Cooke, and Elvis Presley have also had twist records in the
hit parade. Probably the most appropriate title of this sort of record though is Max Bygrave's latest 'A Diabolical Twist'.
Jazz—now that's something that is really with it, with such artists as Messrs. Ball, Bilk, Barber, Lightfoot and not forgetting that mad, maniacal
mob, the Temperance Seven. Jazz experts will say that the above do not play true jazz. Well who's to worry, just as long as they keep producing
the 'sounds' we have heard on such records as 'Midnight in Moscow', 'March of the Siamese Children', 'King Kong', 'Stranger on the Shore' and '
You're Driving me Crazy'. Also we have had some modern jazz in the hit parade with 'Take Five' by Dave Brubreck. So whether the 'experts'
like it or not, this kind of jazz is here to stay.
Despite more and more criticism about rock 'n' roll, we might as well face it, 'it's in'. Perhaps not quite so much rock as ballads, but with new
faces and voices in the likes of Helen Shapiro, Bobby Vee, John Leyton, Karl Denver, Eden Kane, and Danny Williams to mention a few,
what's there to replace it? Nothing! Over the past year we have had the pleasure of seeing more British singers gaining places in the 'Top Ten'.
After a couple of years as an 'unknown' Billy Fury really hit it in 1961. Three of his records reached the Top Ten': 'Halfway to Paradise'
(which had the longest run-in the charts last year) 'Jealousy' and 'I'd never find another you'. Also latest Full of Tears' is at the moment
climbing steadily Elvis Presley as usual had a. great year, with everyone of his records reaching No 1 this will keep up nobody
knows. Our own Cliff Richard also had a No. 1 with the title song from the film The Young Ones. So with the quality of singers and songs
getting a lot better, who knows what we will have in 1962. Myself, I think 1962 will see the end of the 'twisting' craze, and jazz going even
higher. But the ballads (or rock 'n' roll) will still be there.