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Isminos Hamalis

My first day at Wireless College Colwyn Bay

September 1967. 19 years old, I found myself travelling by train from London to Colwyn Bay, with two terribly heavy suitcases full of clothes. You see we Cypriots are not used to so low temperatures as the ones in Britain and my poor mother loaded me up with a lot of clothes so that I wouldn't feel cold.
After four and a half hours of travelling to the unknown and being concerned about what I was going to come across over there and how it would all be, I finally got to the end of an endless trip.
Carrying the heavy suitcases, puffing and blowing, I got out of the station and looked for a taxi to get to the college. however, I realised the college was so close - only 5 minutes on foot- that there was no need for a taxi.
However, carrying those suitcases was daunting task. I set off slowly but,
despite the cold, I was very sweaty. I took off my coat and, after a while, I finally reached the college.
As soon as I entered I saw a man in uniform. I told him who I was and he informed me which my allocated room was. I thought he was a bellboy and, naturally, expected him to carry my luggage. I kept staring at him, then at my luggage and then again at him, as if I was asking him, why are you standing there idle and dont grab the suitcases to carry them upstairs?
Thinking about it in retrospect, I suppose that, if this gentleman spoke Greek, he should respond, YOU are the porter, not me -you see, my surname (Hamalis) MEANS porter! anyway, he nervously grabbed the suitcases and took them upstairs. I was ready to leave a tip but he didnt give me the chance.
Imagine how I felt the following day when, entering the classroom, I realised that the lecturer was THE gentleman I took for a porter the previous day. It was Mr Trevor Clements. ( I am not sure of the name, but I think it was Mr Clements). I was ashamed that I dint know how to apologize and I dont remember if I did it.
Wherever you are Mr Clements (if it was you), I apologize, even now, for my unforgiveable mistake.
Isminos Hamalis
Don Armour

Great  stuff Isminos, it's a shame that some of the others don't come out of the shadows and tell their tales.

One thing is for sure, we ALL had a FIRST day at College.

Also good to note, from your signature phrase, that you are into the Great Bard.
dahdedah

Message from Trevor

Hi Isminos and everyone, I have just heard by email from Trevor Clements. Trevor is having difficulty getting into the forum and I am trying to get to the bottom of it. In the meantime Trevor tells me he was not an instructor at the WC during the period of your attendance. He was there pre 1960. So it's back to the drawing board! So who was a theory instructor at the WC around 1967'ish who wore MN uniform and had glasses? Any ideas?
p.s. Trevor knows of the post as he is notified by email when new posts are added.

Oh - before I forget, James has suggested that I change the forum so that the newer posts appear first. I have had a look round the admin options but cant see how to do this at the moment. However, would this appeal to our band of happy posters? Let me know before I dig deeper. Don't forger new posts are highlighted by a little yellow bell and there is an option to show posts between specific periods.= I.e. last seven days etc.
Don Armour

Hi Dah, the only instructor I can think of who matches that description is "Popeye" Davidson(?).

As to the layout of the forum messages, I am unconcerned, I have the forum tagged to inform me of any new message in any thread and the email link takes me straight to that message.
Rolande Howey

Hi all,
          I know Simon Roach, (Mr to us low life in 1967) was the lecture who always appeared to be on duty when arriving at the office. I think he lived in the Theatre, as he was normal on duty at lights out, and if there was too much noise from the Dorms he would shoot up the stairs and bellow at us.
    But I do believe at that time there was another lecture who taught the theory to the 1st year students, I believe he wore glasses, but I cannot remember his name.

Rolande Howey
Trevor Clements

Ismios First Day

No Ismios it wasn't me. After the time it took me to get my ticket, there is no way I would have gone back as an instructor. It would have been a serious insult to hard working students.

Also I cant imagine my very good friend Si Roach bellowing at anyone. He is one of the most laid back and gentle of men.
Isminos Hamalis

Hi Trevor. Sorry for the mistake. I saw your picture when you was young and you remind me a lot the intructor I am telling in my story. I can not remember names. sorry.
Isminos
Isminos Hamalis

Hi all Boys. I remember very well Popeye and I am sure he was not the one. Is the nick name Jasper reminds anyone of somebody? Is coming in my mind all the time this nick name and I am not sure if it was the one I met with the uniform. Anyway if that instructor is reading those topics and he remembers the case, I beg him to answer me please.
Isminos
Isminos Hamalis

Hi Don. Yes its pity that some people does not come out of the shadows. May be some people going so many years back they dont like it beacuse they feel old. On the contrary (talking about myself) when I go back to those years, I feel again young. I think I live again my young age. Sweet memories!!!!!!!!
Isminos
James Clarke

Isminos Hamalis wrote:
Hi Don. Yes its pity that some people does not come out of the shadows. May be some people going so many years back they dont like it beacuse they feel old. On the contrary (talking about myself) when I go back to those years, I feel again young. I think I live again my young age. Sweet memories!!!!!!!!
Isminos


I agree Isminos - it is a nice diversion from the daily routine to wander down memory lane and relive those exciting times many of us had way-way back in our younger days.  For me the excitement of seeing new and different places was what drove me on and still does today - maybe I am just a gypsy at heart?

By the way you mention that you remember only Dave Baker and Ron Adams from your time at the WC Colwyn Bay.  I am so disappointed that apparently you didn't remember me! After all it was I who rooted you out in your Nicosia way back in 1993 - after a 26 year gap. Remember when I telephoned you  one Sunday morning from my holiday location in Protaras and asked if you recognised the names Colwyn Bay & the Wireless College - because I wasn't sure I had found the right Isminos Hamalis.  Also, at WC for the few short months that I was there it was I that tried to help you with lecture notes - as I sat beside you in the Theatre.

Now, hopefully our recent contributions might encourage or even shame many others to "put pen to paper" so to speak and add their contributions here for us all to enjoy. Already Jack has made a start and I am hopeful that he will keep up the good work by posting a series of articles about his time and experiences during WWII - which are bound to be much more exciting than anything we are likely to have experienced. We just need to get Jack to drop his reserve (typical of those who served unflinchingly in those terrible times) and open up with more detail. It is the detail that makes it so interesting when people write about their experiences.

Here's hoping......

James
Isminos Hamalis

Oh! James. I said I remember Only Dave Baker and Ron Adams and I meant from the students we were all the course together. Of course I remember you. Remember when you phone me first time at my house and you said that you stayed only one term at WC, I remembered you at once. So my dear dont make me feel uncomfortable. You know very well I remember you.
Best regards
Isminos
James Clarke

Isminos Hamalis wrote:
Oh! James.  Of course I remember you. ..............You know very well I remember you.
Best regards
Isminos


Isminos

I forgive you ...my dear friend/Ο αγαπητός φίλος μου. It was a "slip of the pen" I am sure.

Last night Sue and I had a front-row seat view of the International Space Station as it traversed our sky - not once but twice - at 9.24pm BST & 11.01 BST last night. Luckily, we have little light pollution here in our seaside village - but I would switch-off all street lamps at 11pm but they stay on all night. We also caught a few glimpses of the Perseus meteorites - but sadly the cloud cover increased for the late night showing after 11pm.

Kalinichta Isminos & Popi from Sue & James
Isminos Hamalis

Very nice James. Here the next few days we shall have temperature over 40 and much humitity. Either I will stay home in the air condition or be all day in the sea. Is terrible when you have high temperatures and high humitity at same time.
Our best regards to you and Sue from
Isminis and Popi

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