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Saturday, 16th September 2000 - a stroll around the school with some old friends on an overcast day

and later, in March 2002, I returned with my new digital camera to get some more shots on a marginally brighter day

The Front and the Entrance    The Quad    The Dining Hall    Big School and surrounds    The Tuck Shop, Armoury and the Maids' Block    The Infirmary, the Pavilion and surrounds    Round to the Headmaster's House    The Chapel    The Junior School    Bonus! - some gatherings...   

And here are some little videos too: The Schools in 1989 - 3 mins 30 secs and OMA Centenary Dinner in 1986 - about 9 mins. I wouldn't bother to look at these two in 'full screen' as the video image quality is pretty poor.

Then there's this one which I took when Stephen Thomas (my bro!) was inaugurated as President of the OMA in 2008. Click here for the video - it's about 7 mins. This last one was taken with a more modern DV camcorder but these days I use HD AVCHD camcorders.

There are about 65 pictures on this site conveniently split up into groups and vaguely corresponding to my ramblings those days. I haven't put captions with the pictures 'cause you know the place anyway. Just click leisurely away on the links and wander around those distant, familiar buildings that time seems not to have touched. In the original pictures from 2000 the clock shows five to six where it had stopped some years before. However, for my return trip in 2002 it was working again.

Some of the pictures were taken with a Kodak DC260 (circa 1998), and for the return trip on 23rd March 2002 I took my 'Canon Powershot G2' which had a crude "panoramic" feature. On the Quad page there is a bit of "virtual reality". Certainly not the most sophisticated VR but it doesn't require a "plugin" and I think it's rather fun - take a look!

If you'd like a JPEG image or two (and if you don't know what I'm talking about then you're probably better off staying that way) then just let me know but I'm not planning on actually printing any of these, putting them in an envelope with a "do not bend" sticker, scratching around for a stamp or standing in line at the post office and generally experiencing the joys of times mostly gone by.

For those of you that remember me (Connaught 1959 - 1964, Junior 'F' House 1956 - 1959, School Second XV in rugger 1963 - OK, due to all the injuries that term, chorister, Grade II piano, corporal in the Signals, Handwriting Prize, etc) and want to get in touch so that I can contribute some embellished details towards your otherwise unmarketable autobiographies, please do so.

As for more recent years, after leaving the school I spent a couple of years with the Red Star Motor Policies at Lloyds and then went into programming etc., which is basically what I did for the rest of my working life. I've been with The London Press Exchange (Leo Burnnet now), Texas Instruments, IATA, Lockheed, Vydec (Exxon), UNHCR, Nokia and, between 1993 and 2004, with the Red Cross. IATA onwards have all been in Geneva. I started early retirement in October 2004 with every intention of getting myself another job but I never quite found the time to really concentrate on this. Instead I spend my time videoing local amateur societies, choirs, groups etc singing, acting, dancing and so on and then I spend WEEKS editing all the footage and 'burning' DVDs. It's wonderfully time-consuming and, as it involves powerful computers, it is satisfyingly challenging to put it mildly. To start with I foolishly thought that the PC architecture was suitable for multi-camcorder video editing. It took me a few years to realise my mistake and then I acquired the finest Apple iMac and MacBook Pro that money could buy. I used Final Cut Studio for about six months, discovered Adobe's Premiere Pro and I've been grinning ever since

Anyway, in 1973 I looked up Stuart Hampson (Leas, probably 1964) in Geneva and he introduced me to the lovely Anna. The following year I escaped to Geneva, we got married (Anna and I - not Stuart, he married Angela!) and over the next few years Amanda (an Environmental Engineer but ended up as a Legal Analyst employed by Caterpillar) and Alexander (BSc from the Lausanne Hotel School and employed by Procter and Gamble) arrived. In 2004 Amanda married Dave Crabb from Guernsey (doing well with Caterpillar) and Anna and I now have two lovely granddaughters. More recently Amanda decided to become a full-time mum and as we all live fairly close it means that several times a week Anna and I can join in the food fights with the little ones at mealtimes - SUCH FUN!

(If you stumbled over this page by accident then most of the pictures are of what used to be the Royal Masonic School in Bushey, Hertfortshire)


Brian Thomas.

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