Headmaster’s Blog: “Flying the Flag (2) with the Men of Wynberg”

Wynberg Boys' High School: Headmaster's Blog

“When parts of Windsor Castle burnt down in and marital scandals regarding two of her sons were rocking the establishment, Queen Elizabeth 11 is reported to have said that 1992 was an ‘annus horribilis’ – a dreadful year.  In the same speech, she said:  ‘Distance is well-known to lend enchantment, even to the less attractive views. After all, it has the inestimable advantage of hindsight.’

I am sure that no Wynberg boy would ever say that his school years were ‘anni  horribiles’ largely because I suspect that they would not be able to ensure that they could parse correctly the concord of noun and adjective in the plural!

Judging by the loud and noisy conversation at the London Old Boys’ dinner last week, all the attendees found their school years ‘mirabile dictu’ – wonderful to relate. The original author quoted by Queen Elizabeth was a Scottish poet,  Thomas Campbell, who wrote:

‘Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, 
 And robes the mountain in its azure hue.’

There certainly was an ‘azure hue’ over the recollections of the evening – tinged later, I noticed, by the hue of London Pride.”

Read Mr Richardson’s full article here