The Old Almondburians' Society
The Old Almondburians' Society
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The Old Almondburians' Society
112pp, full colour, hardback
£10.00 (packing and postage within UK: £2.50)
This limited-edition colour publication was published on 1st December 2007. It tells the story in words and pictures of King James's School from 1608 right up to the present day. Contents include:

l A revised and updated account of the development of the School from 1608 to the present day
l The national events and ideas that have influenced these changes over the years
l ‘They made their mark’: eminent Old Almondburians who have made major contributions to public life
l The endowments - and how they led to the new King James’s School Foundation
l The buildings: a photographic tour of the School today, to spot how much - or how little - the School has changed over four centuries
l ‘The Harry Taylor Years’: a personal account of a greatly respected headmaster of recent years
l The School today: its achievements, and its plans and objectives for the future.
Contributors include Gerald Hinchliffe, Edward Royle, Richard Taylor, Andrew Taylor, David Bush, Graham Cliffe, Robert Lamb, John Hargreaves and Roger Dowling.

The book is available NOW from stock - so order without delay before we run out of copies!!

Click here to view the list of Official Subscribers.
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Former KJGS Head Boy David Morphet (1951-58), who had a distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service, the Department of Energy and the private sector, is also a successful poet who has published a number of collections of poetry under the imprint Notion Books. He is a Board member of Magma Poetry, and his poems have been published by Magma and The London Magazine.

His latest volume – the acclaimed ‘daydream in five cantos’ The Maze – has now been published. Written in terza rima (a verse form with a rhyme scheme aba bcb cdc, etc), it is an imaginative excursion into poetic landscape, involving calls on Alexander Pope, Dr Johnson, Wordsworth, Blake, Keats and Ezra Pound.
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£9.99 (packing and postage within UK: £1.20)
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We live in a world of constant noise, circumscribed by a world of utter silence - that of plants. The Silence of Green is a remarkable collection of 58 poems covering many aspects of our relationship with the complex processes of the green world, and how we relate to them. The collection has been widely praised: Dannie Abse found it 'a remarkable book, all of its sequences of a piece', while Anthony Thwaite admired its 'pertinacity of observation and clear lines'.
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BOMBER JACK (Ref. BJ)  
Valerie Ashton
Lulu
£13.00 (packing and postage within UK: £2.00)
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Jack Ashton - 'Bomber Jack' - attended Almondbury Grammar School in 1931. This new book by his daughter Valerie tells the fascinating story of his early life and later wartime career in the RAF from 1940. Ashton completed 71 bombing operations in Italy, an experience which sadly left him damaged both mentally and physically. 234pp with many illustrations.
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LETTERS FROM A PROFESSIONAL NUISANCE (Ref. LPN)
Improbable jobs, impossible items and implausible complaints
Michael A Lee
Portico
£9.99 (packing and postage within UK: £2.00)
Letters
Lovers of whimsy will be delighted by the latest book by Old Almondburian Tony Lee (1971-8), a compilation of three previous titles. His witty letters to a wide range of organisations and individuals lead to some hilarious exchanges. He asks the Post Office – not unreasonably – if they can supply him with a ‘poetic licence’; he writes to Harry Ramsden’s complaining that he has chip on his shoulder; and he asks the British Ambassador in Cairo is they have an opening for a ‘pyramid seller’.

The joy of some of the letters is when recipients completely fail to see the joke: he asks Heinz for some ‘canned laughter’ but is gravely advised that because of budget restraints they would ask to be excused on this occasion. Some replies are as clever as the letters. When he asks Next for a ‘Freudian Slip’ (for his wife who, alas, is no longer a Jungian) their customer services department can only suggest a ‘Cheeky Devil’ slip by another designer; nonetheless they would like to know more about the Freudian brand as a possible addition to this ‘Nietzsche’ market.

This is the sort of book that is best read in private. The guffaws and chortles may be profoundly irritating to partners and fellow-travellers.
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Gerald Hinchliffe
The Advertiser Press Limited
384pp, hardback
£10.00 (packing and postage within UK: £2.50)
We still have a few copies of Gerald Hinchliffe's detailed formal History of King James's Grammar School - a 'must' for any Old Almondburian's library. It tells the story of the School from its earliest days as a chantry school in the sixteenth century right through to the 1960s. Appendices list all the Headmasters, 'Assistant Masters' and Governors during this 400-year period, together with Dartmouth Medallists and Jessop Prizemen.
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THE POETRY OF DAVID MORPHET: The Maze (Ref. M)
Non-members: £3.00 (packing and postage within UK: 75p)
THE ALMONDBURIAN Current issue: July 2010 (Ref. AC)
The March 2011 issue of the OAS magazine The Almondburian is now on sale. 44 A5 pages in full colour, including:
v ‘Call to Action’ - a campaign to restore the cricket pavilion
v Keith's Kryptic Crossword
v Sports Reports
v Frank Anderson remembered
v Kimbolton trounce the Aussies
v In search of Vernon Scannell
v 400th Anniversary Pageant
v Postbag
v Letter from Porthcawl
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THE POETRY OF DAVID MORPHET: The Silence of Green (Ref. S)
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