PRAISE THE FOUNDERS OF OUR SCHOOL 19TH Issue 18th December 2000
Where were you in 1968?!
Quick Takes...
Wignesan's pen - We have another feature article from Victorian, Wignesan! Read about the debates, hilarious errors, and a Victorian who had to make a run from the country...now told for the first time to Victorians. Read on and find out...
Thanks, Wignesh, for the article!
 
Log-On...
Less fortunate - In this holy season, let us not forget the less fortunate.
 
Start This Week Laughing...
An honest accountant, an ethical politician, and a merciful aerobics instructor all fall out of an airplane - who hits the ground first?
Answer - It can't happen, none of them exist.
 
Gallery owner to artist - I have good and bad news on the sale of your paintings. Someone asked if your paintings will appreciate in value after your death. I told him it will and he bought all ten of your paintings on display.
Artist - That's wonderful! What's the bad news?
Gallery owner - He is your doctor.
 
Victorian News Clips...
This space is for news items on Victorians, past or present. If you come across any, please email us and we will put it up here.
 
Something...
...cont'd from last week's Victorian Times...
CS Rep : Can you find the directory called "SELF-ACCEPTANCE?"
Customer : Yes, I have it.
CS Rep : Excellent, you are getting good at this.
 Customer : Thank you.
 CS Rep : You're welcome. Click on the following files and then copy them to the "MYHEART" directory:
FORGIVESELF.DOC, SELFESTEEM.TXT, REALIZEWORTH.TXT, and GOODNESS.DOC. The system
will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching any faulty programming. Also, you need to delete
SELFCRITICIZE.EXE from all directories, and then empty your recycle bin afterwards to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.
 
 Customer: Got it. Wow! My HEART is filling up with really neat files. SMILE.MPG is playing on my monitor right now, and it shows that WARMTH.COM, PEACE.EXE, and CONTENTMENT.COM are
copying themselves all over my HEART!
 CS Rep : Then LOVE is installed and running. You should be able to handle it from here. One more
thing before I go...
Customer: Yes?
CS Rep : LOVE is freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everybody you meet. They will
share it with other people, and they will return some really neat modules back to you.
Customer: I will. Thank you for your help.
 CS Rep : You're very welcome and have a great life.
 
 
 
 
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Where were you in 1968?!
Take a look again, did anyone even remember this WHOLE SCHOOL GROUP photo being taken? ...and if you did, where were you in that photo?!
Click on the picture to see a larger version, why this photo was taken, and other whole school photos.
If you remember anything or episodes about this, please email us.
My, Victorians are just matchsticks here - black heads and stick bodies! Guess the photographer was more concerned with the school building than the subjects!
Victorian  (pen-in-cheek) Vignettes
                         T.Wignesan
        Not just because it was placed a rung or two (seemed like a fathomless mile or two) below VI-level, The Methodist Boys School (MBS), somewhat lost in the mud-stained foliage that covered the low-lying pit of a ground (where sixes and boundaries could be collected with minor flicks of the wrist) and the non-descript school-building in the shape of a dangling sprained-elbow, the MBS always, it seemed, aspired to vie with the VI, much like the vain though imitative efforts of the youngest in the family constellation trying to outshine and outdo the lonely but heroic eldest son. In terms of the Yijing constellation: Gen, the Mountain and youngest son, trying to usurp the powers of Zhen, the Thunder and eldest son, resounding in the plains during spring, after the yearly cycle awakens again in February. And since the VI in those post-war years stood regally head and shoulders above all its peers in the peninsular (it was secretly rumoured in a hush that the boys of the Penang Free School and the Raffles Institution on the island down under could rub shoulders with Victorians in the metropolis as "equals", but then, remember, this might have been a rumour or a mere fib quite probably put out by the boys from downhill themselves), it was hardly likely the VI would condescend to dispel any doubt about its rightful place in the hierarchy.
       Victorians belonged to the Premier School of the Federation, including those kicked out of the Fed., and we all knew it only too well! No need to remind Victorians from that period, WHO was first, WHO got nine As at the Overseas Cambridge School Certificate exams, and WHICH school topped the list with grade ones, WHO won all the state and inter-state matches (and by innings defeat, too, at that!), WHOSE headmaster`s science books schoolboys and girls up and down the peninsular poured over day and night, WHOSE boys filled the King Edward the VII College of Medicine, Raffles College, Technical College, Agricultural College, Normal Training Schools, including Kirkby in U.K., the Inns of Court School of Law, Cambridge, Oxford, et j`en passe les meilleurs! WHICH school from that era produced the greatest sportsmen, soldiers, generals, admirals, pilots, writers, poets, teachers and professors, scientists, lawyers, doctors, engineers, magistrates, civil servants, diplomats or politicians, all on a national level of course (so much so the island of Singapore itself had to rely on the overspill of talent from the school to man the young and foundering state); WHO had the honour of receiving the HMS Bell, and WHO the visit of the Secretary of State for the Colonies? Did someone say the Prince of Wales as well? Right-on, Man! In 1920!
        The Tao Te Ching says: He who boasts cannot succeed! But, quite frankly, can telling the truth be thought of as vaunting! Give merit where it is due. Give unto Victorians what is Victorians`
          To set the picture right (as if this was necessary at all!) for those then-yet-unborn Victorians, here`s a titbit from the past. In 1950, the VI Literary & Debating Society dealt a stunning blow to the tongue-tied lads from downhill. As if this wasn`t enough, they came back asking for more in 1951.
                                                                                                                           
 
 
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