Charles Courtenay Lloyd
Please find below a link to a blog about Charles Courtenay Lloyd, former BGS teacher, written by his daughter.
A Review of Michael Pursglove's Translation of Turgenev's 'Smoke'
Michael Pursglove (Head Prefect 1962-63) has done a translation of Turgenev's 'Smoke'. As you will see from my review below it is a fine achievement:
A few years ago I celebrated in these pages Michael Pursglove's formidable achievement in translating Turgenev's classic masterpiece 'Fathers and Children'. Mike has now followed this by producing an equally outstanding and new version of Turgenev's 'Smoke' - a work first published in 1867, initially 'mangled' and misrepresented by early translators and, strangely, not translated into English for over 50 years. Hence this new and impressive version.
Mike follows a well-practised method, meticulously executed, as you'd expect from an OB linguist of the early 60s - a pupil of the legendary Douzie Twelves, George Nicholls and, most significantly, David 'Ivan' Wanstall, whom he regarded as an 'inspirational teacher'. It is remarkable yet not surprising that one of the first cohort of 'A' level Russian students from this school should have undertaken such an intimidating task - one which Mike's mentor, I am sure, would have been proud of, would have approved and rated highly.
Critics have inevitably been divided in their judgements of Turgenev's work: 'Smoke' produced a great deal of controversy when it was first published - its scathing satire of Russian society as represented by an expatriate community living in Baden Baden being regarded as unpatriotic; even the great Dostoevsky was angered. It is a novel on two levels, carefully interwoven - a doomed love story set amid a community of blinkered traditionalists and pretentious poseurs.
Readers can judge for themselves the novel's qualities and merits. However, they will be impressed by the translator's impeccable and lucid prose and its sensitive nuances; this is further aided by a concise introduction to the background to the novel and the storm which it caused, by helpful notes to elucidate particular difficulties in the text and by a biographical essay on Turgenev's life. Mike's translation is one to be savoured by both Russian specialists and non-specialists alike and is available from Alma Classics. I heartily recommend it to you.
We would like to let you know that a service to celebrate Pete's life will be held at Bradford Grammar School on Tuesday 1st October 2013 at 5pm followed by a reception at the school. Please arrive any time from 4.30pm (but not earlier as school will be finishing at 4pm). There is plenty of car parking space available.
A private woodland burial for the family will have taken place earlier that day.
No flowers please, but there will be an opportunity to leave donations which will be split between the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
If you cannot attend the service but would like to make a donation in Pete's memory you may send it c/o Emmott & Bradley Funeral Services, 8 Ryefield Way, Silsden, BD20 0EF.
Please wear a bright tie or scarf, and, if you support a football team, please do wear your football scarf.
With very best wishes
Chris, Jo & Andy, Emma & Chris
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Bradford Grammar School
Omar Qureshi was born on the 27th July 1987. In my opinion, being an older brother with only a sister for the new addition was well overdue. Over the years I watched Omar grow in to a bright intelligent young man. Completing his education at Bradford Grammar School and finishing his schooling career at the top of the tree. His straight A’s at GCSE and A –Levels ensured him a place at Leeds University finishing just shy of a first. A training contract at the illustrious DLA Piper followed - on the condition he achieved his LPC with top marks. In typical Omar style he obtained a distinction and began the first steps in what would be a well-deserved career in Law. Omar tackled working life just like he tackled anything – wholeheartedly with an understated excellence putting in the hours so he could achieve his goal of becoming a fully qualified solicitor. Weekends would be spent out with friends or at home with his beloved family watching the big fights from Vegas or following the cricket being played in some exotic location.
In October 2010 Omar developed a nagging pain in his right thigh which at first was easy to ignore but towards the end of October this pain had become increasingly worse and was dramatically hard and swollen. He was taken by his mother on 31st October 2010 to Leeds General Infirmary where a precautionary x-ray showed some alteration in the right femur. A number of tests were carried out resulting in a diagnosis of Osteosarcoma, later confirmed in a biopsy undertaken at Birmingham Orthopaedic Hospital.
A barrage of tests followed, the cancer seemed to be isolated in the femur and hadn’t spread to the lungs. This was great news in the world of Osteosarcoma. Omar was told he would have numerous months of high strength chemotherapy followed by a full hip, thigh and knee replacement, rounded off by another few months of chemotherapy.
Nothing in this world could prepare us for what followed. Chemotherapy is an umbrella term for a set of drugs used in fight against cancer. In reality, the stronger the cancer, the stronger the Chemotherapy. The effects are heart-breaking - hair loss, mouth sores, infections, permanent heart lung and kidney damage. Omar’s weight dropped off and by the time of the operation he was physically a shadow of his former self. Next, the operation - massive in its own right. Finally, more chemotherapy. Yet despite the pain and suffering Omar never gave up, he never took a backward step and showed a mental strength I have never seen before. Towards the end of Omar treatment he qualified for the drug mifamurtide. This was deemed to be a huge success as this drug would increase Omar’s chances in the future, decreasing the chance of the cancer reoccurring. The weekly visits for mifamutride continued for many months after chemotherapy had finished and Omar threw himself in to rehabilitation for his leg. Days and weeks of intense physio followed. He began to regain his strength and his weight, many afternoons were spent laughing and enjoying ourselves. Looking back these were the most amazing days of our lives we truly appreciated life and the love we had as a family. A date was set for a return to work and everything looked positive.
In April of 2012 Omar developed a persistent cough, after numerous courses of anti-biotics a CT scan was scheduled. On the 25th May 2012 Omar was diagnosed with secondary Osteosarcoma in the pleura of his lung. Chemotherapy was to start immediately. As a family this news destroyed us but Omar would not give in. However heart and kidney damage sustained from the first set of treatments meant a lower dose chemotherapy regime could only be used. Nevertheless Omar remained positive. An operation followed resulting in the removal of a tumour the size of an orange. Hope returned once more. Remarkably Omar remained positive straight back in to the rehab for his leg and out for walks trying to build his stamina. I am amazed now, as I was then at his grit determination and positivity. For a number of weeks Omar was back on form joking, laughing and we had a chance to enjoy some wonderful times.
Sadly his cough returned and in December 2012 Omar was diagnosed as being terminal. That was a tough day, we cried, we opened our hearts and most of all we told him we loved him. He, was for the first time in over 2 years visibly upset. Not because he was dying but as he told his mum because he let her down and couldn’t beat this disease.
Omar soon became very sick and spent a number of weeks in the Wheatfield’s Hospice. Three days before he died he had his last stand, he bellowed over and over again how much he loved us. He showed an immense amount of gratitude to all the staff at the hospice thanking each and every one of them. Omar passed away at home on the morning of the 5th April 2013, surrounded by his mum, me his brother and his sister.
Omar’s fight with cancer invokes a myriad of emotions, hope, helplessness, loss and fear to name a few. But Omar showed courage, I will remember him as a brother, a true friend, a warm hearted, kind , charming individual who was dignified right until the end. He battled like a true warrior not just for himself but for his mother his family and for his beloved nephew Kasim. He had a certain warmth in his demeanour and voice that is very rare. He was eternally grateful everyone who fought by his side and during the many heart wrenching conversations he would always express his gratitude.
He once said to me: “I was just an ordinary man who got sick and it spiralled”. But Omar was no ordinary man. He was the greatest man I have ever known. I was proud to have stood by him through his fight, I am still proud of him and Omar was a blessing. I miss him dearly life is not the same without him.
There was one person who stood by Omar’s side 24 hours a day seven days a week. Our wonderful mother, her pain I cannot imagine. She fought as hard as I have seen anyone fight for their Son. It soon became clear who Omar inherited his courage from. The greatest compliment Omar gave her and indeed any child could give to their parent a week before he passed away was: “Everything I am and everything I have achieved I owe to you my mother? Without you I would not have made it this far”.
For those who have taken the time to read Omar’s story take inspiration from his fight, remember the good times, be strong during the difficult times, love always, and smile often and thank God for every moment. I have chosen to gloss over the hardest times; it would not be fitting for such a person as kind and brave as Omar to be remembered for the suffering. Instead he should be remembered for the wonderful person he was and the light he brought everyone he came in contact with. Those he fought besides and those he knew have offered the most wonderful messages. One fellow patient described him as a beacon of light who will continue to shine.
For me his brother, his sister, mother and beloved nephew we are as a family heartbroken. We live in the hope that one day inshallah we will meet him again. For to Him we belong and to Him we return.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the doctors and nurses who cared for Omar, you truly are wonderful people, to the people we have met along the way whose lives have been touched by cancer you are an inspiration to us all, to the people who have supported me and my family I am truly grateful and will be eternally in your debt. Omar was a blessing from God and to Him we are thankful.
Mick Stringer Poeticus
Mick Stringer has learnt that one of his poems is to be included in a poems and arts exhibition to be held in Dunedin, New Zealand on September 1st 2013.
The poem came to the notice of the organisers, Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ) a couple of years ago. This is a Dunedin based arts in health charity which prints and distributes free poetry cards (currently 5700) every season to medical waiting rooms, rest homes, hospices and prisons throughout the South Island and parts of the lower North Island. It was included on one of the cards and subsequently selected to accompany his work by one of the artists who will be exhibiting. This is the poem:
Often, swamped by light, it seems
we have forgotten stars.
But in skies viewed from lonely crofts
or stretched above a distant moor
where ghostly flocks
in silence crop the night,
believe it, oh believe it,
they still shine.
A website has been set up to publicise the exhibition and Mick has contributed some more poems, including one that made it into last year’s Reading University Creative Arts Anthology, together with a poetic biography. You can check it out at: http://bellamysatfive.wordpress.com/the-poets/mick-stringer/
Mick Stringer (1955-61)
Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards
On the 14th November, four Old Bradfordians were presented with their Gold Awards by the Duke of Edinburgh in the Throne Room of St James's Palace.
From left to right Nathan Chalk (at Nottingham University reading Law), Lottie Driver (at Birmingham reading Languages, Aiysha Puri (at Imperial College studying Medicine) and Jamie Davidson (who is spending his year in Industry with Syngenta before reading Chemical Engineering at Cambridge).
Linkedin - Bradford Grammar School
OBs are constantly finding new and improved ways of staying in touch. As a result, the OBA has embraced the digital revolution and now has its own LinkedIn group page. LinkedIn is a rapidly-growing professional network, and the OBA page http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3495198&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr currently has around 270 members. The network can be used for business, for networking, for assistance in career development, for skills acquisition or simply to facilitate the re-establishment of contact. These opportunities will become increasingly valuable, especially for recent leavers. LinkedIn is free to join, and the more that join, the more powerful and rewarding our network will become!