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1957 Staff Operetta 'Somnia'

Bruce Fieldsend writes:
The first staff production was "Somnia". I attach a review by Iain Campbell. One of my deathless lines sung to "Rock around the Clock" during a history lesson was:
"Nelson said about to die
Kiss me Hardy don't be shy"

Staff Operetta - 'SOMNIA: (First Performed 7 December, 1957)
It was a fitting finale to Mr. Sellers' career at Peterhouse that the operetta "Somnia" had such a resounding success. With story and lyrics by Messrs. Mallett and Fisher and tunes by Mr. Sellers, who also accompanied on the piano, a veritable hotch-potch of variety was served up to make it a memorable and hilarious evening.

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1954-5 - Bruce Fieldsend - Opening the School

It had always been my ambition to be part of starting a church school in Rhodesia (as it was then). It was on my honeymoon in December 1952 when I heard that Fred Snell was leaving Michaelhouse and coming up to Rhodesia with the intention of starting such a school.

I immediately wrote to him and visited him at Ruzawi in May 1953. We stayed with him and Liza nearly scuppered any chance of appointment. After dinner Fred took me off to his study to look at building plans and left Liza with Margaret. "Do you play a musical instrument?" "No." "Do you sing, then?" "Actually no." "Do you paint?" "I'm afraid not". "Well what do you do?"

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1963 Bicolour

Who remembers Bicolour?

 

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1967 Mlanje Expedition

David Bruno (Staff 64-70) who was the Assistant Chaplain, House Tutor in Grinham, the leader of successful expeditions to Mlanje and ran squash with great effect, was Dean of St George's Cathedral, Windhoek in the '80s after working with the Church of Scotland.

The idea was born, 1 suppose, many years ago with the reading of "Venture into the Interior" by Laurens van der Post. But it had lain deep in the sub-conscious so that, even when that idea began to take shape, and one saw the first sight of the large bulk that was Mlanje Mountain viewed from Zomba's distant plateau at Christmas time--the memory of the original thought had gone.

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1967 Makarikari Expedition

"Come on, get organized! Move, but quick sharp!" Thus our Leader frequently exhorted us and suited his own actions to the words. And so did we,-or at least some of us.

Jim Dalton, our highly efficient Q.M., "Yeish" Glover, mechanic and handy-man; Gus MacLaurin, getting on quietly with whatever job needed doing; "Duddles" Dudley, shooting a black mamba smack in the head before most of us found time to grab a gun; Malcolm Smale, perhaps not so quick, but leading his group with infinite patience in perfect textbook formation on their shooting trips. And so I could go on with the list, but let it suffice to say that the boys had the right spirit.

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