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follow click Yesterday I received a beautiful card which was the order of service for the memorial Mass of my old A Level history teacher who died just three years ago in 2009 at the age of 87.

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يعيش إشارة ثنائي خيار التداول Mrs McKechnie was an old fashioned teacher who insisted on the highest possible standards and she would  tolerate nothing less than what she considered to be one’s best possible work.  And generally she disagreed with us about what that was!  She would insist that every assertion was backed up by evidence, that essays were perfectly structured and that our writing was free of cliché, tired phrases or imperfectly constructed sentences.


الخيارات الثنائية مكافأة التداول Needless to say, she was often disappointed. However, she inspired awed respect and not a little affection.  And after I left school I corresponded pretty regularly with her for nearly forty years.


follow Her letters were always hugely interesting; she was extremely musical, had a deep understanding of Art, spoke four languages and was a woman of deep faith, she and her husband coming into the church in their twenties.  This wide ranging knowledge made her an excellent correspondent and her advice was always carefully considered and wise. However, she did admit to me that Inner City children with all their problems would probably have defeated her. Despite this, she was very helpful to the Green Fingers Club in my school when they researched and planned and planted a Roman Garden.  The Latin defeated me and she supplied an interpretation board in perfect Latin which is there to this day.

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go here Over the years I picked up some details of her life but she was in some ways quite a private person especially about her early years. She was enthusiastic though, in congratulating me on my achievements, rejoicing at my marriage and the birth of our children.  Amazingly, in all those years we never managed to meet as she lived in St Andrews and I am in London.  Further away, as we used to say, than  London from Paris.


In 2008 her health began to fail and her letters became fewer and obviously written with some difficulty. She was well aware that her days were numbered as she gave me the contact details of family and friends and it was with great sadness that I learned of her death in 2009.


Then came the card I referred to above.  Her nephew had discovered a significant number of wonderful poems which were clearly intended for publication and it was not hard to find a publisher for such distinguished work. He also arranged for them to be illustrated by a local Scottish engraver. One of the poems was used for the cover of the order of service which included a short biography most of which had been unknown to all but a very few of her relations. It seemed she had volunteered as a Land Girl in Kent for the first part of the war and was then recalled to Belfast to nurse her mother and was recruited to undertake top secret work spying on enemy shipping.  She had a starry academic career and then latterly nursed her husband through a long illness.


An amazing lady whose influence stretched wide. RIP.


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