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Messages - mikewb

Arusha School / Old School Mates
02 August, 2009, 02:55
Back in those days we all had some great mates at school, but sadly in those days we did not have things like computers and cell phones. Letter writing was the only way of getting in touch with each other. Because of this I think, we lost touch with a lot of our friends. To cut a long story short, I remember one of my friends (but sorry can't remember his name). He was  african and  had a birth defect with one of his legs. Saying this it didn't stop him from doing any think, especially sport. I remember when he played cricket, one of us had to do all the hard work and run for him, and I can tell you he used to clock up some runs. I can remember it was pretty hard to get a foot ball past him when he was goalie too. One fond memory I can think of, most of my friends were all boarders and I was a day pupil at the time. I had talked my dad into having a bit of a birthday party, and had also arranged for a couple of mates to come out of school for a short time. Well we were a bit late going back and I can remember my dad sneaking every one back in with out matron finding out ( I think I got away with that one) I think his father was some one in the goverment, I can't remember, I think we all meet him once. Does any one remember his name? I would love to get in touch with him again
Mike Brown.
Arusha / On holiday Mombasa
01 August, 2009, 06:08
On holiday in Mombasa, from left to right. My sister,dad at rear, me in front and BL Jones son.
Arusha / My Friends place Arusha
26 July, 2009, 06:10
Don't know if any one remembers George Gonther? He was my best friend back then. He used to live by the park where they used to play cricket matches. Piture of the swimming pool he had in his yard. You can still see it on Google Earth.
Arusha / Pitures of Arusha 1963
26 July, 2009, 05:51
Some pitures of Arusha around 1963. Looking North, South, and West. The 2nd to last one of Tanganika Extract, where my father worked. It was at the back of Arusha right in the middel of coffee farmes next to the railway.
Hi, I see there are a lot of people registering on this site, some from Arusha school, some from other schools. I think your school days a precious to you, doesn't matter where you loved or hated school. With the 75th birthday coming up, I challenge all of you who went to this school, Write about your time there, perhaps someone who goes to the celebrations could present them to the school. Perhaps we could send a plaque? send a small gift, all make a small donation, hey any idears?
Mike Brown.
Would love to go, but can't. Is there going be any further info? like pictures ect?
Mike Brown.
Arusha School / Re: The tortoise (kobe)
19 July, 2009, 23:21
Didn't there used to be two Tortoise?
Mike Brown.
Mbeya / Re: Mbeya Memories
18 July, 2009, 23:57
Hi, Those stories sound very much the same as life in Arusha School. In those days I think you had a choice of either Mbeya or Arusha to go to school.
It's funny but I can remember when I first started school I was 6 and went to boarding school.
I started school life in Nakuru, Kenya.
Take care.
Mike Brown
Arusha School / Arusha School Disarsters
18 July, 2009, 23:50
While at Arusha school there was a couple that I can remember of. One was the earth quake in 1963, I was in class when it happened. The other not so much as a disarster, I came to school one morning and there used to be some huge gum trees by the girls dorms. In the night before, there had been a storm and the lightning had split one tree right down the middle.
Mike Brown.
Arusha School / Arusha School Matrons
18 July, 2009, 00:32
Arusha School Matrons
Reading through all the comments on this site relate back to a lot of the matrons at Arusha School. I think they played a big part of our lives when at boarding school. Some of them where just like mum and others (well I'll leave that to your judgement).
I was not the brightest of sparks at school but I had a lot of energy, this is what got me into trouble. I was a boarder to start with then became a day pupil when we moved into Arusha. Being a day pupil, I guess the matrons though I was a bad influence on the boarders. I can remember some things about those days perhaps every one else can add their comments.
I remember going on a trip with the scouts and because I was a day pupil at the time, borrowed some of the schools gear. Well when I returned the gear it was a little late, next day matron has me up in front of the headmaster, please explain.
Another time I got a nasty bee sting, you know there bees over there where vicious. Sent off to the sick bay to see the nurse. After the nurse had seen me she sent one of the House boys to take me and my bike home. Well next day of the matrons found out because she couldn't find her House boy at the time. Up before the headmaster again, please explain.
Does anyone remember, after lunch you had to go and lie on your bed in the dorms for an hour or so and you were not allowed to talk. I remember the matrons used to patrol round the dorms and boy if you talked, you had to stand at the end of your bed till she decided.
I remember there used to be a movie on a Saturday night up in the main hall. I got permission to come to school to watch them some times. This one time I was early and waited in the passage way for the rest to finish dinner. Well as you can guess, spotted by matron, you got it up before the headmaster at assembly Monday morning.
The things they used to do to us, now days they would get locked up for it. Saying that I guess it didn't do use much harm. Love to hear your comments.
Mike Brown.

Arusha School / The Swimming pool
15 July, 2009, 03:58
It's so sad to see the recent piture of the swimming pool. I remember doing some great bombs off the high diving point, much to the discussed of the teacher in charge. Does any one remember sport days, when you you had to pick up as many plates from the bottom of the pool, who ever got the most won.
Mike Brown
I remember B L Jones, he was a great Headmaster, also the number 9 gym shoe he had in his draw. I used to be friends with his son, I think it was Hue Jones before he went to another school.
Mike Brown
Arusha School / Re: Some photos from 1994
15 July, 2009, 03:41
The picture of old class rooms, the one in the middle. I think it was 1963 we had an earth quack. I was sitting at my desk, when my chair and desk went up in the air and down again. Remember like it was yesterday.
Mike Brown.