Photography & Other Interests


One of the interests which I learnt at JH and brought back was photography. I had been started by Fr Gabriel Gilbey in the JH darkroom where he and Fr. Peter (with his ex German army Leica) had practised.  I brought my kit over and for a time developed colour, but this did not prove a success and was expensive so I went back to black a white.  I did not do much except for special events – plays, and team photographs.  At the time I was in JH I did the upper school team photographs.  In my first two years I manage to make two 16mm films with the boys – we developed the script together Blood on the Ace and the

It as at JH that computers came into my life.  A BBCb, linked up to the TV and a cassette recorder  proved to be a rather white elephant. I couldn’t be bothered with waiting and fiddling with it.   later I managed to get a disk drive and a Silver Reed typewriter printer.  We began with the programme called Word – all of it on the Acorn system which had been developed for the BBC and had become the basic computers system in English schools into which Mrs. Thatcher introduced it en masse in the 1980s.   The next programme which I learned to use was View – by this time I was writing notes on it but I never gained more than a smattering of writing programmes, though I built up a feel for how the machines worked.    In 1990 i upgraded to an Archimedes with a hard drive and when I went over to St.Dunstans this became part f the Sunley Centre and I gained a desk top computer.  Leaving Dunstan’s I swapped this for a lap top Toshiba, and bought a portable printer when on Sabbatical. using Word Perfect for Windows.

Ever since I had been taught Italic wiring by Fr Gregory O’Brien at Gilling this formed the basic structure of my writing.  However when I went to JH this developed because I took over from Fr. Cyril in  teaching the boys italic.  I had a class a week with the first year all the years I was at JH.  Later I also did calligraphy with them.  They never got to the national standing which they had with Fr. Cyril who had taken over as the specialist from Fr. Simon Trafford, when boys won prizes in the Society of Italic handwriting competitions.  Fr. Simon Trafford’s influence on callilgraphy in the JH and upper school was enormous and continued up to his death.