"I remember the Orwell Place
School circa 1950.
The School Dinners were ghastly,
particularly the potatos. They
arrived in big aluminum churns and the smell that permeated the whole
building, I can only describe
as being like boiled rotten cabbage. -
that time, the class were all given a ballpoint
pen (Biro), but Miss
Smart (always the traditionalist) would not let
us use it because she said it would lead to sloppy and bad handwriting.
I liked writing on the slate
boards with the slate pencils.
Mistakes were easily rubbed out.
we graduated to
pen and ink, using the inkwell on the desk."
course, it was just after the end of the Second
World War and rationing was in full force.
I can remember not seeing a banana till I was about seven
years old - but there were few overweight children."
George Ritchie, North Gyle, Edinburgh:
September 1, 2014