No. 2 1926
Editor: A. E. Holdsworth. Asst. Editor: W. L. Roberts.
The warm welcome extended to our first number has given us added encouragement in the preparation of this, our second, and we should like here to take the opportunity of thanking all those who contributed to the successful revival of the "Monovian." The period under review in this number is noteworthy for many School functions and other interesting events; and the successful School Sports, the presentation of the Old Boys' Cup, the vigorously contested Inter-School Sports, and the exciting Old Boys' Football Match, together with the regular School activities, have provided abundant material for our contributors.
The pleasures of the last few weeks have been somewhat marred, however, by three disturbing factors: the weather, the General Strike, and the grim spectre of examinations looming on the horizon. The weather we will not discuss here owing to the deficiencies of our maledictory vocabulary. As for the General Strike, without wishing to associate this editorial with any definite political opinions, we must nevertheless confess that from our point of view it was a complete failure. Only one cricket fixture had to be cancelled, and School routine continued just as usual. In fact the only indications of anything out of the ordinary were, firstly, that motor cars made their entrance with great eclat into the playground and were given a delirious welcome; and, secondly, that little boys from South Chingford, who arrived after the second bell, could no longer offer the excuse that they travelled by tram. We hope that as a result of the Strike our readers realize the healthgiving properties of an early morning walk, and we trust that they will seek consolation for their bodily discomfort in the perusal of the literary efforts which follow, and which, in spite of upheavals, have appeared at the scheduled time. When we come to examinations, a lump rises in our throat; and this subject, being of such sinister significance to us all just now, we will, rather than disturb the reader's peace of mind, and so prevent his enjoyment of what follows, pass it over in silence, only expressing the fervent hope that everybody (including ourselves) may be successful in obtaining first class honours.
W. L. R.
No. 3 November 1926
Editor: A. E. HOLDSWORTH. Asst. Editor: W. L. ROBERTS.
The Autumn Term finds us in rather a dazed state. We are, in fact, still recuperating from the effects of last term's examinations: some are recovering from the actual papers, and others from the results. Therefore readers will perhaps excuse any slight mental aberrations which they may detect in this and the following pages. This term is, of course, pre-eminently a time of settling down, hut when those persuasive and all pervading people who flourish receipt books and brandish fountain-pens begin to haunt the corridors, it becomes also a time of settling up. When we have finished settling down, some of us begin to work. Some work a little: these are the majority. Some work quite hard: these are new boys. Some work harder than that: they are the contributors to the "Monovian." Some of these last do not, of course, always wish to work, but for very excellent reasons they invariably work hard. What follows is the result of their efforts, and we hope that, in spite of brain-fag, of examination fever, of the shortage of coal, and of the counter-attraction of the Chess Club, they have succeeded in producing a third number which will compare favourably with those that have gone before. Having thus re-introduced ourselves in a manner terser than that of former occasions, it only remains for us to wish all our readers the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of New Years, and to express the hope that we shall see many of our old friends at the Prize Giving and at a certain other less formal function, so inevitably associated with Christmas festivities.