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Good news about Paul Oliver, he's finally out of hospital and back to his Queen Anne house in Oxfordshire but weak and needing care. However, he was immediately back to writing and correcting fallacies in Blues magazines. Regarding Peter Ward's comments on the Merrymen scouts and the Portillo Garratt connections, the picture was quite different from some of our fellow HCS students as it involved large quantities of girls ..... the Garratt household in Stanmore was a hugely sociable open place, with my two sisters bringing in their friends and somehow Phil Saunders, Chris Westerman, Charlie and Justin Portillo and Derek Minor seemed to have lots of connections not so much to Harrow County Girls but to the Royal Masonic, Sacred Heart, Lascelles etc, etc. From Friday to Sunday evenings there was always music, lots of joking and a big cream tea for whoever was around on Sunday afternoon. When we finally had access to our parents' cars it was even more hectic. So Friday evenings with the Merrymen at Blawith Road was often the start to a very social weekend, especially if my two sisters came on the 114 bus from Stanmore and brought some friends. It is true that Charlie married my elder sister, Linda, but he was never a BOAC , or even a BEA pilot. He became a redcap, went into senior BA management and stayed until recently along with his HCS friend Pete Hoggan. Our approach to scouting was mildly sceptical yet amused and aware of its usefulness to many. As to the mentioned 'council estate' at Stanmore this is worthy of a social documentary in itself. It started as a private estate immediately before WW2 but was only half completed when war broke out. Immediately after the war the rest was completed as a council estate. The inhabitants came from all walks of life, officers, bank managers, and horny handed sons of toil. The common denominator was that everyone desperately needed housing. The social mix was then compounded by the arrival of a large Jewish influx as three differing synagogues opened in the area in short order. This, combined with the opening of the avant garde Aylward School, led to a stimulating social and educational environment which helped me cope with the very different, rigid and difficult emotional climate I encountered at HCS for my first year. Paul Oliver saw me through this and let me take-off educationally for which I am always grateful.
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For Peter Fowler. Thank you for your response. We are in certain areas of agreement. However, I would refer you to a piece written by JS Golland in these archives. In it, he pretty well admits to turning a blind eye to the bad goings on in 1950s..60s HCS. I do not find that impressive. You question my logic on the deeds of those of the past being judged by later generations. And cite a reference of your own making to George Washington being considerably racist. Indeed, Washington's anti-slavery credentials appear very low. Pardon the pun, but in history he appears to have been white-washed. But do generally accepted norms of the time excuse this? Your logic would appear not to apply to anti-slavers such as Wilberforce and the Quakers. They rejected current social mores so why should later generations excuse others who went along with the accepted norm? Having just read about the Sonnerkommando SS Divisions romping around Belarus and Poland in the war, one questions in revulsion the evil individual mentality that drove these monsters. Surely, each individual must think things out for him or herself at the time and not necessarily go along with the generality. Perhaps like me you have occasionally wondered how you might have responded to Hitlerism if you(we)had been born in Germany in, say, 1920? Just right for the next War! The pressure would have been on to join the Hitler Youth before later getting locked into military fighting units committing atrocities all over occupied Europe. Would we have had the courage, as teenagers, to stand up and say 'no'? A very hard call. So I am not suggesting it is easy to fight against the norm. Far from it. It comes down to individual conscience at the time. Easily written, of course, by someone who had the fortune to be born into a decent Western democracy at the close of the Second World War.
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