From John Davies' speech at the OMOTY ceremony 2002: John joined MF in 1957 when his father came to the school to teach languages. Both BSH and I remember him well for we were both teaching at Millfield, too, when Ernie, his father, was teaching and also housemaster at Walton House. John joined the school with his older brother, Peter, and both were in KW house. Peter became 2nd HOH and John HOH and deputy HOS, in 1962. These quotes from John’s reports illustrate that it is almost impossible to predict pupils’ futures from their school days. In Logic, John Baker stated “finds this tough going, as he inclines too much to snap judgements”. Herbert Smith’s Physics report: “works quite well but has a rather casual, carefree approach and is impatient of detail and routine. He has the attitude ‘After all, I did get 70’, and , if this persists, he is unlikely to improve on it.” RJOM, Jack Meyer, Founder HM, thought his conduct “impressive”. Fred Stephenson, his housemaster, in various reports, stated that “his appearance – hair, shoes, etc. needs to be checked occasionally.”… “he is exceptionally keen on radio repairs this term”… and “he has a good sense of humour and is very reliable as a prefect.” John was a top debater and one of a very few good chess players. He was Flight Sergeant in the RAF section of the CCF and won an RAF scholarship to learn to fly so that he now has a pilots “A” licence. He was not a superstar at sport – though the large photograph over there….. In 1961 Mike Cole thought that “he has been a moderately good hooker playing for both the 3rd and 4th XVs”.John’s autobiography covers some of this, talks about Jack Meyer and his philosophy regarding children of the rich, explains that he thought of the school as a prisoner-of-war camp and describes his inspirational English teacher, Robert Bolt, who went on to become an internationally acclaimed playwright. Both Peter and John were trying for University entrance on the science side. Peter for dentistry and John for engineering but both changed their minds. Peter eventually went to drama school and John read politics, philosophy and economics at Magdalen, Oxford.At Oxford, John’s sense of humour led him and other under graduates who are now household names, into review and cabaret, into comic acting, and, when he left Oxford, he tried TV comedy with a successful series “On The Margin”. However, eventually, John turned to journalism, starting with the “Liverpool Daily Post and Echo”, which eventually led him into political journalism. I’m not going to go into any more of this in detail because it’s all described in a deliciously funny manner in his book “Give Me 10 Seconds” and which I heartily recommend. John was appointed Political Editor of ITN in 2000, after having been Chief Political Correspondent of the BBC for the previous 12 years. He joined the BBC as a reporter on radio news in 1970. He then became a special correspondent in many parts of the world, reporting from more than 25 countries. Among the conflicts he covered were the closing stages of the Vietnam War, the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus, the Israeli occupation of Southern Lebanon and the guerilla war in Rhodesia. For the past 20 years he has specialised in political reporting from Westminster and he has, at times, presented a wide variety of news programmes on R4, including “Today” and “The World at One”. He has also been a guest on many light entertainment shows, including “Have I Got News For You”, (indeed, he chaired last week’s programme), “Room 101” and the “News Quiz” on R4. At the end of this year, John steps down as ITN’s Political Editor and it is this fact, plus the publishing of his book earlier this year, that has resulted in him becoming one of our OMs of the Year. We congratulate him on his varied and highly impressive achievements and wish him well in what he next has in his sights.