The OD - Issue 1 - page 22

THE OD
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Events and reunions
1940s OD lunch
Patrick Lowe (OD 1945) organised and
hosted a lunch at Boodles, London, in
2009, for ODs from 1944-46. In all, 18 ODs
attended, and relished the opportunity
to hark back to their days at the Dragon.
Headmaster John Baugh jogged many
memories with a presentation of
photographs from their time at the school.
The 2009 lecture was generously hosted
by Dragon parent Simon Polito at the offices
of Lovells in the City. Brent Hoberman (OD
1982) chaired the panel of four ODs - Simon
Montford (OD 1984, of icollector.com), Fred
Esiri (OD 1980, of Opus Energy Ltd), and
Marcus Waley-Cohen (OD 1990, of Firefly
Tonics Ltd.), who have all made their mark
in the world of business. The panel spoke
about their respective companies before being
asked questions by Brent and the audience.
Both evenings ended with a drinks reception,
giving ODs the chance to network and catch
up with former friends and teachers.
London Lectures
Last year’s London lecture was hosted by
Governor and former Dragon William
Touche (OD 1975). Rageh Omaar (OD
1980), spoke on ‘From Al Jazeera to the
BBC – A Life in Journalism’. Rageh gave
an entertaining and thought provoking
account of his years as a foreign
correspondent in war-torn areas all over
the world and made everyone realise
just how precarious the life of a foreign
correspondent is. After the lecture, Rageh
took questions from the floor which
prompted some intelligent discussion.
Cricket Day 2010
After the previous year’s washout, it was a relief to
see the sun shining on Saturday 6th June for the
annual OD v Staff cricket match. The school team
included a former Zimbabwean international
plus several stooges from the Antipodes. The
ODs fielded a strong team with the captain Mike
Bellhouse (OD1989) - a former Middlesex player
- and several other experienced cricketers. The
ODs opened the batting and played well with
the formidable presence of Fred Bellhouse (OD
1998), who hit fours and sixes. Sadly, he hit a six
over the boundary fence – immediate dismissal
according to an old Dragon custom. The
remaining batsmen finally took the total to 154
all out.
The staff then headed for the wicket and
scored a very quick 100 with Rob Dow, Head of
Rugby, powering the ball for six in every over. It
was a relief when he retired on 50 – another of
those friendly Dragon customs! A conveniently
timed downpour at tea time gave the ODs fresh
hope for a draw, but the sun re-emerged and
the staff went on to 156-8 and were the worthy
winners. It was a fun and relaxed day and good
to see ODs from several decades coming back to
play at the school.
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