Richard Bird (Sackville 63)

Happy days at a great school, now in France and Spain, thanks guys. Chris Berry (Grote 64 I doubt it will interest many, but this year marks my 50th year on the roll as a solicitor. All with the same firm in Lincoln’s Inn. (2021)


Graham H Breakwell (Fryth 67)

Living the dream in Los Angeles. At the time of writing, my only daughter, Weiwei, is expecting our first grandchild in a week’s time. (2021)


Brian 'Jon' Fay (Wordsworth 67)

Greetings from South Florida, currently the US epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic! So living here now is really scary, especially if you are in the groups of people more at risk of serious complications. Most people and stores do observce CDC personal protection guidelines but there are still too many that seem to ignore the risks of spreading Covid-19! Thankfully there are no known Covid-19 cases in our gated community of 315 homes. Happily we have been able to start playing tennis and pickleball again recently, albeit on a limited basis with strict distancing and sanitising rules. Still it is great to get out, see some friends and play. We have done several driveway/ patio Happy Hours with a few socially distanced friends, BYOB and BYO-lawn chairs, within our community. Also we are becoming quite proficient in Zoom chatting with friends in America and around the world, including friends in the UK, France, Honduras, Columbia and Qatar. Hope all OS friends are well and finding fun ways to pass the time during the pandemic and hopefully vaccines will become available sooner than later. (2020)


Ian Brinton (Fryth 68)

Having retired from school-mastering in 2009 after being Head of English at Leeds Grammar School, Sevenoaks School, and Dulwich College where I was Head of Upper School, I write full-time. My most recent publications include Paris Scenes, a translation of poems by Baudelaire (Riverside Press, 2021), translations of the selected poems of Paul Valéry (Muscaliet Press, 2021), Islands of Voices (Shearsman Books, 2020) and translations of the selected poems of Stéphane Mallarmé (Muscaliet Press, 2019). Earlier books include An Andrew Crozier Reader (Carcanet Press), two books of essays on the Cambridge poet JH Prynne and Poetry and Poets since 1990 (CUP). I assist in the running of the Cambridge University Library Archive of Contemporary Poetry and am a regular reviewer for The London Magazine, Golden Handcuffs Review, PN Review and The Use of English. I co-edit the magazine SNOW. (2021)


Robert Mills (Grote 68)

I graduated from the London Hospital Medical College and became an ear, nose and throat surgeon, specialising in diseases of the ear and balance disorders. The final years of my career were spent in Edinburgh, where I was Professor of Otolaryngology at Edinburgh University. In 2009 I married a Thai ENT doctor and the following year I retired from the NHS and moved to Thailand. We live in Khon Kaen, in the north-east of the country, where my wife is now the director of a 1000-bed government hospital. I have a teaching role at Khon Kaen University and have been involved in charitable ear surgery camps in various parts of Asia (Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Laos and Sri Lanka). I am a trustee and board member of the Briton-Nepal Otology Service. I teach on two ear surgery courses each year, one in Khon Kaen and one in Bangkok. In my spare time, I play golf and write novels and short stories, mainly crime fiction and science fiction. Normally I return to the UK for two or three months each year to visit my children and grandchildren but have been unable to do so since the onset of Covid-19. (2021)


John Andrews (Fryth 69)

John retired as Chairman of the Special Forces Club, London, in 2020 having served for almost six years. Fortunately the Club was able to hold a major Anniversary Reception and Dinner at St James’s Palace in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, Club Patron, just before Covid put paid to such events. (2021)


John S Barnsdale (Park Grange 69)

I now live in Auburn, California (43+ years) and continue to practice medicine (anesthesia, as we spell it). After leaving Sevenoaks I dropped, feet first, into the tumult that was the University of California, Berkeley. To say I had a great experience would be an understatement. Time and again I reflected on the incredible education I received at Sevenoaks, both academic and personal. I have jokingly told many people that I was trained to go out and serve an Empire that no longer existed and to do it well. Completing a degree in Engineering (at UC Berkeley) and subsequently Medicine (at UCLA) I then trained in Anesthesia and moved to Auburn. Each step of this journey was aided by my experience at Sevenoaks. I recognised many of the names in our decade and would look forward to hearing from them. Even back then we were a surprisingly mobile lot. (2021)