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by Tom Grubb
Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:46 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: The truth about the 'Reconciliation Process'
Replies: 46
Views: 39568

Wow! ET, ConcernedMum and bonsai, thanks for your kind words! I'm very touched. I'm half-Irish myself, ConcernedMum, so I can definitely accept Oirish! Talking of engaging with former tormentors, erstwhile Chairman of Governors (and Britain's least-photographed politician?) Roger Pincham was given q...
by Tom Grubb
Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:53 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: The truth about the 'Reconciliation Process'
Replies: 46
Views: 39568

I finally received a letter from Chris Southwell last Saturday. He still hasn't apologised but he has offered to meet me. Watch this space...
by Tom Grubb
Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:48 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Maharishi retires
Replies: 0
Views: 9450

Maharishi retires

It seems that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the TM movement and one-time guru of MacLaren (though the SES don't like to talk about this) has officially retired. There's a copy of the official announcement made by his acolyte Jai Guru Dev, "Raja of Invincible America", here: http://www....
by Tom Grubb
Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:32 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: The truth about the 'Reconciliation Process'
Replies: 46
Views: 39568

Thanks Matthew, ET and bonsai! By the way, I might as well elaborate on the information that a former St Vedast teacher gave me about MacLaren as I made no promise to keep it secret: In the very early days of St James, there was a meeting with MacLaren and the teaching staff, including Debenham. Mac...
by Tom Grubb
Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:12 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: The truth about the 'Reconciliation Process'
Replies: 46
Views: 39568

Well, I think I've waited long enough. The truth about the SES's 'Reconciliation Process', as it relates to me, is this: Seven former St Vedast teachers were sent my address and informed of my desire for reconciliation. Four have replied. Of these four, two had, to their credit, already made apologi...
by Tom Grubb
Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:55 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: The truth about the 'Reconciliation Process'
Replies: 46
Views: 39568

Just over a week ago, I met up with a former teacher as part of the reconciliation process. It was a very short meeting but a fruitful one and I received a full apology from this man. Many years late, of course, but still very welcome.

Tom
by Tom Grubb
Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:57 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: <delete>
Replies: 17
Views: 14229

Just to keep people updated, here is my latest email to the anonymous spokesperson for the MacLaren Foundation. Dear Sir/Madam, I have grown used to secrecy and evasiveness from members and ex-members of the SES so I am very grateful that you choose to engage with me at all, even anonymously. [By th...
by Tom Grubb
Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:19 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: <delete>
Replies: 17
Views: 14229

As promised, here's the MacLaren Foundation's reply to my latest email. Dear Mr Grubb, The Foundation's modest purpose is to promote what we feel are the interesting and useful aspects of Mr MacLaren's life and works, not engage in public controversy. You contacted us privately and we responded in k...
by Tom Grubb
Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:53 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: <delete>
Replies: 17
Views: 14229

Thanks, ET! I must admit that I'm not entirely sure what to think about their reply. It raises so many fascinating questions... Since whoever replied is being so candid, I thought it only fair to let him/her know that I have posted the reply on this forum. I've just sent off the following email and ...
by Tom Grubb
Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:41 am
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Meditation
Replies: 126
Views: 79046

I happened to catch an interview yesterday morning on the Radio 4 Today programme with David Lynch and Donovan Leitch. (Scroll down to 0820 and click to listen.) They were promoting a plan to introduce TM into British schools and, despite coming out with some outrageous claims, were given an annoyin...
by Tom Grubb
Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: <delete>
Replies: 17
Views: 14229

Good find, Free! I sent the following email to the MacLaren foundation: Dear Sir/Madam, I am a former pupil of St Vedast school, an institution which was run by Mr MacLaren's School of Economic Science. I am writing to enquire whether the MacLaren Foundation has expressed an opinion on the findings ...
by Tom Grubb
Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:46 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: SOM radio adverts
Replies: 1
Views: 3479

You can also hear the advert here: http://www.schoolofmeditation.org/

I guess they must have had it checked out by their lawyers but the advert does seem to make some pretty difficult-to-substantiate claims.
by Tom Grubb
Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:03 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: The truth about the 'Reconciliation Process'
Replies: 46
Views: 39568

Hi Bonsai, I'm afraid I'm still in the dark about what's going on at the current school or SES. I didn't ask them about this and they didn't mention it, which I think is also to their credit: neither of them tried to excuse their actions at St James or to contrast the present and past schools. They ...
by Tom Grubb
Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: St James and St Vedast
Topic: The truth about the 'Reconciliation Process'
Replies: 46
Views: 39568

The truth about the 'Reconciliation Process'

Remember David Boddy's impressive invocation of Archbishop Desmond Tutu when speaking of "the need to bring about some reconciliation with our former pupils"? I wonder how many people watching Boddy on national television way back in March last year interpreted his words as expressing an i...
by Tom Grubb
Mon Jun 18, 2007 5:30 pm
Forum: General discussion of SES
Topic: Splinter Schools
Replies: 44
Views: 32417

ConcernedMum wrote:oh oh the McLarenites - i feel a song coming on.

Perhaps MacLaren's own magnificent masterpiece, 'O Thou Lord Supreme'?

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