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Roger Crosskey: Reading Instead

Roger was born in 1949 in Birmingham. He attended a private mainstream residential school near Nottingham and then a mainstream residential grammar school in Kent, continuing on to university.

Here Roger recalls being sent to read instead of doing Games.

http://howwasschool.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/reading-instead.mp3

Transcript

Hmm, yeah, they gave up on trying to get me to do games because, they tried to see if I could do football and cricket - actually no, they didn’t do football, they did rugby - and fairly soon that quickly they decided I wasn’t any good and so on the days when there were games I would be released and I’d spend the afternoon reading, and I read a lot of science fiction and things like that. I think in retrospect I would have quite enjoyed doing sailing which was something that they did do, and I think I could have done that. Because you – you need upper body strength which I had, but you weren’t doing a lot of walking and standing. So I didn’t miss that at the time, you know, I never thought of it at the time and I was quite happy to sit around and read books all afternoon. But I think I would have enjoyed it if I’d done it, but nobody ever suggested it.