The researchers’ findings should be edited

“Speaking of a draw (C8), or not. When I was teaching at a school in northern New South Wales in the 70’s (probably should remain unnamed), dressed in a short sleeve shirt, shorts, long socks, desert boots (or sometimes sandals – well, it was the 70’s!) and NO” The Deputy Headmaster’s house was next to the school and one of the science labs had a good view of the clothesline in the backyard,” writes Stuart Pavel from Armidale. “I remember the students in one of the classes doing a very scientific research by studying washing over a period of several weeks. After a while, they seemed to be able to predict exactly what color panties the Deputy Principal would be wearing on any given day. There was probably a good selection.”

“‘All boys must wear a tie and badge,’ commanded ‘Johno,’ the assembly delegate at Parramatta High School in the 1950’s. The next day, all the older boys arrived wearing a badge tie and just a pair of gym shorts,” recalls Josephine Piper of Miranda.

Like many others, Warren Menteith from Bali was saddened to read of the death of former Australian cricket captain Brian Booth: “My first year as a teacher was in Narwee. Brian was a sports champion but was on the West Indies tour. He stopped by and said if I had any problems there were some books in his desk. As usual, there were bugs in the first semester. Five classes arrived at once. OK. Touch football, basketball, cricket, circuit training, but one left. He opened his drawer and the only book was the Bible!”

“Recipe ideas in Good Food feature egg and bacon pies,” notes Leichhardt’s Phil Lennox. “I always knew this was bacon and egg pie. Is that a national differentiation or maybe even an international one?”

Following the Desert Boots discussion (C8), Lane Cove’s Colin Taylor-Evans thought he’d see how much a pair costs these days: “They’re more expensive than formal shoes!”

“As a former student at Sydney’s Teachers College, I remember not only were we advised not to wear red dresses (C8),” says Beth Haggerty from Croydon, “we were also advised not to wear patent leather shoes like these boys might see.” Our reflective panties.” Marjie Williamson of Blaxland and Judy Klein of Double Bay confirm this. Time for a reunion, ladies?

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