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   Martin Hoddinott


Martin Hoddinott

House: Nicholson
Year: 1954-1958

I have been looking at the website, found by searching for photos of Kilimanjaro in 1957.

I climbed Kili three times in 1957/58, and have just done it again as a 50th anniversary of those times.

Take a look at some comparisons of Kili between 1957 and 2007 - 50th Anniversary Kilimanjaro climb

Memories of School:
Yes, a lot of good times, particularly:
  • Young Farmers Club, when we escaped the confinement for a time.
  • Old man Turton`s pig and coffee farm at Kiambu
  • Pineapples at Thika
  • The Nakuru Show, Royal Show
  • Ploughing the veld in front of Nicholson with tractors lent by firms in town - driving tractors down the main road at 5:00am, with no licence, back to the dealer
  • Social quiz at Limuru Girls School, etc.
  • Bikes gave us freedom, too, to Bioscope in Nairobi, to Athi River, home at end of term through the Rift Valley at midnight
  • Good teachers, in the main
  • A lot of good guys at school, a few crappy ones, too. No regrets.
  • We called Mr Larte, "bec rouge", and that name was sometimes substituted for "Guillaume" on his blackboard essays, when he was out of the room.
  • Apparently, 'Stalky' Chadwick walked his 3 kilometres round his classroom every forty minutes as a result of being shot up in a tank in WWII.

    Since leaving School:
  • Agricultural college at Cirencester, UK
  • Cow cockie and scrub cutter in New Zealand
  • Last 40 years in South Africa - some years with Alfa Laval, dairy and farm equipment, then grew strawberries for a few years, and last fifteen years in computer software, with own accounting programme, and growing list of customers.
  • Two children (David, top bird guider, (www.rockjumper.co.za) - and Nicky, married to one of the last surviving Zimbabwean commercial farmers).

    I live in Durban, South Africa.

    (Registered - 2nd November 2007)

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