Transported back 66 yrs

LETTER

Thanks to Gavin Maclean for his letter regarding the length of a suggested name for our bay. I agree to a large extent. My earlier suggestion was Oneroa Bay.

However, when he moved to punctuational inexactitude, I was suddenly transported back 66 years to Mr Greenall’s English class at Timaru Boys’ High School. I had been caught looking longingly out the window, entertaining fantasies of a more exciting life. I was brought back to reality by being hit on the shoulder with a split infinitive, followed by a vague pronoun reference to the midriff. I then had to submit to the shameful stigma of a dangling participle around my neck, until the end-of-period bell released me from my anguish.

Of course that was in the days when corporal punishment was the norm, for those who strayed outside the framework of obedient behaviour.

As a further point of interest, I must be one of the first pupils in New Zealand education history to have his telephone confiscated during General Science. This too was 1952 and I had made a phone out of bits pinched from the Post Office line depot dump. I subsequently went on to 38 years with first the Post Office and then Telecom as a telephone exchange technician.

Ron Taylor

Thanks to Gavin Maclean for his letter regarding the length of a suggested name for our bay. I agree to a large extent. My earlier suggestion was Oneroa Bay.

However, when he moved to punctuational inexactitude, I was suddenly transported back 66 years to Mr Greenall’s English class at Timaru Boys’ High School. I had been caught looking longingly out the window, entertaining fantasies of a more exciting life. I was brought back to reality by being hit on the shoulder with a split infinitive, followed by a vague pronoun reference to the midriff. I then had to submit to the shameful stigma of a dangling participle around my neck, until the end-of-period bell released me from my anguish.

Of course that was in the days when corporal punishment was the norm, for those who strayed outside the framework of obedient behaviour.

As a further point of interest, I must be one of the first pupils in New Zealand education history to have his telephone confiscated during General Science. This too was 1952 and I had made a phone out of bits pinched from the Post Office line depot dump. I subsequently went on to 38 years with first the Post Office and then Telecom as a telephone exchange technician.

Ron Taylor

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