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    Re: Life on the Ocean
    From: Francis Upchurch
    Date: 2019 May 5, 05:16 +0100

    Halcyon days David!
    My first bossy job was milk monitor aged about 7. I was a horrible dictator I 
    think. The power went to my head!
    God knows what poisons were in the ink that we licked.
    I do remember being hit on the head by a piece of chalk hurled by a demented 
    teacher trying in vain to control us unruly mob.
    Slate boards on a frigate seems a little risky though? Slate would make great 
    shrapnel when hit by a canon ball?
    -----Original Message-----
    From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of David Pike
    Sent: 04 May 2019 21:02
    To: francisupchurch---.com
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Life on the Ocean
    Francis you wrote: *It may also amuse modern man to know that little chalk and slate boards  were
    still used in  British Junior schools in the 1950s. I had one.*
    Snap!  I calculate I started infant school age 4+9/12 in 1948 and we had 
    slates and scribes then.  I can remember being given my first pen nib  a 
    couple of years later (every child got a new one to last the remainder of 
    their time in primary school) and being instructed that I must lick it before 
    first use so the ink would flow better.  By the time I left age 11, I’d 
    advanced to becoming an Ink Monitor.  We had to mix the ink powder with water 
    then store it in huge glazed earthenware jars and every Friday go round and 
    fill up the inkwells, my first position of true responsibility.  DaveP 
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