Author Archives: Ali Bacon

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D is for Disability

I’m grateful to Charles Coventry  (1962-66, 1977-8), a sufferer of Cerebral Palsy, for sending me his memoir of the particular difficulties he faced in the 1960s and 70s and of why  St. Andrews was a special place for him.  Despite his previous ‘grudge … Continue reading

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M is for music (classical, renaissance, church)

Thanks to Charles Coventry (MA, 1962-66, B Phil 1977-79) for this contribution During my M.A. I played the clarinet in the orchestra under Cedric Thorpe Davie (Ed’s note: well-known composer and Professor of Music 1946 to 1978). During the year practices … Continue reading

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P is for … posh frocks

Let’s face it, going to balls was all about the dressing up. But I had forgotten until I was reading a novel  by Catherine Czerkawska , set partly in the seventies, that my very first ball dress was, like the heroine’s, … Continue reading

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B is for … having a Ball

How many balls did I attend at St. Andrews? Let me count the dresses! Balls, in my day anyway, were the highlights of the social season.  And since this ran pretty much throughout the academic year, there was always a … Continue reading

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H is for … Hamilton – aka the Grand

So here she is in her glory days,   opened in 1895 as the Grand Hotel and about to become something grander still. But from 1949 to 2006, the building was Hamilton Hall, its location and view (yes that’s the 18th green of the … Continue reading

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G is for … Gowns, red ones

I think this post should be dedicated to my school English teacher Mrs. Dorward, a petite but forceful lady and St. Andrews graduate. She had of course given up her red gown by the time she became an English teacher, … Continue reading

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E is for … the Edge

Edgecliffe Yes, with F been and gone, I thought E had got away. Then I picked up my latest Kindle acquisition, The Beginning and End of the World by Robert Crawford (Barlinn Books 2011) . In the opening chapter,  Crawford’s premise … Continue reading

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