I went to an excellent boarding school called Adams’ Grammar School. It was nothing like Hogwarts – in fact, to pinch an elegant turn of phrase from Guy Ellis, it was more like a Borstall run by Liberals. In the nicest possible way – I mean it fondly, and I think that Guy does too.
When we provoked the Masters or Prefects then one punishment that might have been handed down was ‘Bill’s Will’. A simple enough task, all we had to do was copy out the Will of William Adams, as laid out on the boards on the walls of Big School. Sadly, this punishment has been lost to history – a pity because it was more stimulating and educational than merely doing lines. Continue reading “Bill’s Will”