The careers of Old Bedalians

OBs keep popping up in unexpected places. Thursday early evening, Gym-time, springing (well, almost) onto the treadmill for a circuit run between wrestling with sundry machines, there on Meridian is Freddie Green (left 2007), taking part in an item that follows a group of young people who have been seeking work over the past year and who have been discussing their plans with Meridian and various employers. Freddie looks every part the clean-shaven proto-executive, which is, happily, what he is on the way to becoming: now armed with his Imperial Physics degree, he has a job with IBM. Congratulations, Freddie.  Saturday evening and, unexpectedly, Moony and I find tickets for the Mark Rylance Twelfth Night at the Apollo; so there we are watching Johnny Flynn (left 2001) playing Viola/Cesario in this all male production that had its creative genesis in the Globe in 2002. Strongly recommended, by the way. That afternoon he was playing Lady Anne to Rylance’s Richard III, so on the versatility stakes, it is also quite a feat. Then, back here, again having a static run on Sunday morning, I find Sophie Dahl (left 1994) repeated from Saturday Kitchen telling me about her ideal indulgent day’s menus. Top nosh for breakfast is the Arnold Bennett omelette, which sounds very appealing. Before we get to lunch, however, sadly, another machine  has beckoned and I miss out on the next two pieces of culinary exotica. Sophie’s plans are very appealing – she looks set to inherit some of the kingdom of Nigella, I think; but although my lotus-eater side is intrigued by that mixture of haddock, cheese and an omelette that thinks it might be a souffle, the outdoorsy me finds the draw of Valentine Warner’s hands on catch-it-cook-it approach yet more attractive.

By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales School


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.