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> Night Song Of The Last Tram, Harry Forshaw
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post 6th Oct 2005, 02:00pm
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I have just read this book about life in maryhill during and after the war. It is excellent reading and i can recommend it. however there is one chapter on a teacher called Harry Forshaw. I know it was the authors opinion but i would like to give mine. Harry Forshaw was one of the fairest most memorable teachers at NKS. It was from him I learned my philosophy of trusting a person until they give me reason not to. I have very rarely been let down.

I wore glasses from a very early age. Every time i went to the eye infirmary to get tested they would put drops in my eyes.This caused everything to go blurry and i could not read. I would get these drops every night for a week. One time when i was about 12/13 i got drops that did not make my sight blurry. I thought this would be a good excuse to not do my homework or any work at school. It worked until i went to math class with Mr Harry Forshaw teaching, "Steele" he said to me "your pupils are not in the least dilated . However if you tell me you cannot see to read i will trust you as you have never given me reason not to. If i ever find you have broken that trust you will have to prove yourself before i will trust you again." The next day i could read

He was a terror but a good math teacher. He did give the belt hard but not with any pleasure. I got it several times from him. If you had anything to say he would listen.He WAS a good teacher. That is my opinion of HARRY FORSHAW......Andy
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post 3rd Jan 2006, 11:34pm
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Andy, that teacher helped shape your life. wub.gif Bunty
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post 7th Jan 2006, 02:39pm
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I thoughly enjoyed reading that book Andy. I would recommend it, a lovely although sometimes sad recollection of childhood.
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post 7th Jan 2006, 03:18pm
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I read the book over Christmas and really enjoyed it although I was not from Maryhill as such.

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post 8th Jan 2006, 12:25am
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Glad tae hear the books aw right... bought it for ma sister at Christmas... she said it was good... but ye can never trust a relative... wink.gif
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post 13th Feb 2006, 10:02pm
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Robert Douglas has produced a real gem here. I have read the book through tears and laughter and thoroughly enjoyed it. I grew up just around the corner from Robert in Hinshaw Street and several of my friends lived in Doncaster Street.

I had many happy memories of this part of Maryhill but Robert's memory was even better. As he went to the same schools as me (Springbank and North Kelvinside), teachers names were also recollected.

I've recommended this book to several friends and family, in Glasgow and other parts of Scotland, Spain and New Zealand and all have made similar comments.

Good on you, Robert. Here's hoping there will be more to come.
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post 4th Mar 2006, 08:12am
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I too have just finished reading this wonderful book. At times side-splittingly funny but at times gut-wrenchingly sad, but always a riveting read. After finishing the book I was desperate to find out what happens to Robert next, so I did a net search and found out that he is bringing out a sequel on 31st July, to be called "Somewhere to Lay my Head". I have already pre-ordered my copy. smile.gif

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post 17th Mar 2006, 04:29pm
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Yes indeed a powerfull story of survival against the odds. Has anyone noticed the similarity with Billy Connelly's early life as told in his biography? I lost my father in my early teens so I related to Roberts deep feelings for his "Ma". What a strong woman she was. I look forward to the next chapter!
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post 27th Mar 2006, 01:32pm
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i thought this may interest ,this is a painting by the author of the book,nightsong of the last tram,it was sent to me from jim mcdonald who was mentioned in the book,the painting is doncaster st,maryhill

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post 29th Mar 2006, 03:17pm
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Thanks for that Aaron , I just love paintings of my Dear Green Place , as I remember it . Somehow am not too sure if I want to see the " New Glasgow " will the magic have gone ?? .Guess we have to live with progress. wink.gif


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post 13th Apr 2006, 09:28pm
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yes i enjoyed the book too and look forward to his next one. biggrin.gif
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post 5th Sep 2006, 11:40am
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I have just finished reading Robert Douglas's "Somewhere to Lay My Head". Has anyone else read it? Once again his writing has left me 'hanging on a threddle' to see if he writes any more. This man is definitely a very talented Glaswegian indeed! biggrin.gif
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post 7th Sep 2006, 08:29pm
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Kia Ora, Gallifreya

Now I am looking forward even more to reading Robert's second book. I would have ordered it from Amazon but my daughter in London wants to buy it for me for Christmas. If it is as good as his first, it will be terrific. I can hardly wait.
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post 9th Oct 2006, 05:53pm
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Hi All

I can thoroughly recommend George Friel to you all. Non fiction, but you won't be able to tell the difference, because anyone from the harder / non chocolate box side of Glasgow in the 50s / 60's will be there in the plots once you start reading. I was in every close, school, street, house.........everywhere looking on. Most of his books are out of print but the book I recommend is called " A Glasgow Trilogy" which I got from the library.
The first story is about a gang of kids, headed by a 15 year old, who discover stolen money. "The Boy Who Wanted Peace"
The second about an old lady living up a close who wants to "save" a child. " Grace and Miss Partridge"
The third about an alcoholic schoolteacher who takes a shine to a wee girl. "Mr Alfred M.A."
I can promise, you won't be disappointed.

MD
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post 9th Oct 2006, 11:34pm
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Thanks Mary-Doll,

I will keep them in mind, as I read a lot, more in the wintertime, to,
I have ordered Night Song of the Last tram,
just waiting on it coming biggrin.gif
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