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NAME: Adam Lines  Adam LinesThen & Now

DATE: 20 October 2013


May I be the first to congratulate Jas Cowen as he moves into the lead with the number of threads started (22) and for the number of responses to others (47) in this most worthy organ. He has with consummate ease exceeded the numerous nuggets of delight offered over the last 10 years by such as Messrs Wood, Giles, Dean and indeed our esteemed Webmaster and all in a little over a year. Would that I had such recall and the time to contribute.


NAME: James (Jas) Cowen  James & Ayleen Cowen James Cowen galleryThen & Now

DATE: 29 October 2013


Welcome back to the site, Adam. It is certainly some time since last you joined in. I note your contributions of January and March this year. I for one would like to hear more from you and am prepared to write less and even to be rationed to one or two posts per week provided others contribute more. I am for one glad to hear that you are still alive and have not passed on. Please give us some nuggets of delight on some recent themes, as I question how busy you really are not to do so. It has been 15 months since I set eyes on this site but I am afraid my powers of recall are not in fact as good as Messrs Wood, Giles and Dean. I am also not taking part in any race. My competitive days of racing alas are over ...


NAME: James (Jas) Cowen  James & Ayleen Cowen James Cowen galleryThen & Now

DATE: 12 November 2013


There is of course much else that could be said on the subject of this thread, Vic and Adam, and I and maybe others would like to discuss it further. One point of relevance is not just the number of threads opened up and contributed to but how many times people have also contributed on a thread such as the number of entries on thread 32 by both yourself and Adam Lines as well as other regulars such as Nigel Woods and Stephen Giles. Another thought is for people not to promote jealousy by comparing one with another. I recall the OT account in the Bible where the singers compared King Saul's killing of the thousands and David's killing of the ten thousands. King Saul went on to try to kill David several times. Please don't try to kill me, Vic, on account of the meaningless comparisons of Adam. There are lies, damned lies and statistics as I a past reviewer of statistics know.


NAME: Vic Coughtrey  Vic CoughtreyThen & Now

DATE: 12 November 2013


It's certainly the case that you can't calculate the total number of replies a person has contributed just by consulting the list of contributors. I've no plans at the moment to publish running totals of replies, although it could be done! As to killing you Jas, I haven't even considered rationing anyone! As I've said a number of times, all I do is to keep a person's replies queueing for a few days occasionally when no-one else has sent anything for a while, just in the hope of being able to present a variety of names in the editing log. However, if the gap between contributions from others then gets seriously long, as sometimes happens, the queued contributions become invaluable. As I've said to you before, just keep 'em coming regardless and regard any comments as banter!


NAME: James (Jas) Cowen  James & Ayleen Cowen James Cowen galleryThen & Now

DATE: 25 November 2013


Thanks for your kind remarks,Vic. I will continue to contribute and enjoy doing so whilst still able to. I do rejoice on the one hand that I and others are not yet subject to rationing but if this site becomes very popular by many contributing rather than being spectators (and both I and Roger Nolan talked about there maybe a lot of such out there) then maybe you will be so overwhelmed as the single webmaster and have to consider it. That can be tackled should such a situation arise. I am not going now to count up the total number of replies compared with others and hopefully there are no others with a lot of time on their hands to do so. I do fear a little the results! As regards how busy our lives may be even if retired whilst looking at inbox e-mail and Facebook and possibly even Twitter and You Tube it does not take too much more time to look at this site and to contribute, hopefully not anonymously, even though not compulsory to do so.

With regard to the volume of contributions of course the world wide themes may also add to the amount but I am glad of them and the fact that others seem to welcome it also. In respect of friendly banter if that is what Adam's comment really is (which I doubt and I am not supersensitive as Frasier on the TV), I do enjoy all that. There were some good examples from the speaker at last year's annual OE dinner and the last 40 club gathering at the OE Pavilion. The new 40 Club Treasurer (Mike Harrison) was challenged at his ability to do arithmetic and the President (David Farrer) concerning his Elizabethan article comnmemorating Winkie, which stated that he had not learnt any Latin in his class. All good fun! More please!


NAME: Roger Nolan  Roger Nolan

DATE: 26 November 2013

CONNECTION WITH QE: Pupil 1960 to 1967

Re reply 4 above, when Jas and I discussed the Stapfield site and in particular the fact that there are almost certainly a number of former pupils who visit the site but don't contribute for a number of reasons, possibly due to reticence or merely because they have nothing to say, I said that for some time I had wondered whether there would be merit in having a 'visitors book' for such people to add their names to, so those visiting the site can know who of their former fellow pupils are out there. What do you think Vic? Is this practical or indeed is this something you would wish to do?

REPLY FROM VIC: It's a great idea, Roger and Jas. I'll put something together and try it out within the next few days.


NAME: James (Jas) Cowen  James & Ayleen Cowen James Cowen galleryThen & Now

DATE: 15 December 2013


Well done,Vic, for getting the new arrangement set up for visitor's registration. It was Roger, who suggested the possible arrangement to me and later to you. I hope some will avail themselves of the facility. I know I like to enter my name and comments in any visitor book laid on such as at National Trust properties and to read others' comments as well as checking if there are any others from my area/people I know.

REPLY FROM VIC: Thanks, Jas. No response so far, however. If I leave it there for too long with no response it will begin to look silly!


NAME: James (Jas) Cowen  James & Ayleen Cowen James Cowen galleryThen & Now

DATE: 19 December 2013


These things do often take a long time to take hold and develop, Vic. Hopefully give it some more months and then re-consider.
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