Graduation photos

Graduation took place on the 18th of July. In attendance were Ellen Susie Ollie and Polly. Here are some photos, more to come.

We were lucky with the weather and Tom was presented with his first class honours degree in Electronics and Microelectronic Engineering, along with two awards- one for overall best student and the other for his placement achievement presented by Siemens.

Tom’s operation is pencilled in for the 6th august (his birthday). Better late than never.

Ollie’s in China, we expect him to be checking this every day!

From Tom and Polly

12 thoughts on “Graduation photos”

  1. Tom

    Great graduation photos. we really liked them , plus the family as well. I can see parental throwbacks everywhere.
    I am really pleased that you received the other 2 prizes too. Siemens are doing a lot right these days.

    Much enjoyed 777 videos. Susie told me about your forthcoming op, and i am glad you will not wait too long. I suppose you have been used to being out for the count on your birthdays , so nothing too unusual this year.

    Plan to visit in mid august.

    Love to you and Ellen

    Simon and Katerina

  2. Dear Tom

    Better late than never ….. I haven’t posted before though I’ve been following the website closely since it started, and thinking about you often. We’ve never met – anyway not since you were you – but I’m a (2nd) cousin of your father and got to know your mother through work in Oxford, so feel very much connected.

    Thank you and your wonderful friends and family for keeping people like me in touch. Your courage and your progress and matter-of-fact reportage have been an inspiration. I’ve learned a lot from you.

    You do look splendid in the graduation photos, but the collar looks hugely uncomfortable, and I can well imagine that it’s a pain to have to wait so long to be rid of it. I’ll be thinking of you especially and sending good vibes as you undergo the surgery and more rehab.

    Warm good wishes
    Pat

  3. Hi Tom,
    Great to see you smiling so beautifully in your graduation photos. I have been reading your Blog for a few weeks now. It has been such a hard road for you and you have been so amazingly strong. And now another major operation. It seems so unfair. But I am sure you will sail through. I will be thinking of you in August and sending positive thoughts along with all those thousand others which will be winging their way to Stoke Mandeville. Look forward to seeing you again, perhaps in the your new Pavilion.
    love to you and all your family
    Ros ( Susie’s university friend)

  4. Hi there Tom
    I want to wish you very good luck for Aug 6th. I was upset for you when Susie told me, but this is your last major hurdle- and you will never again have to go through anything as difficult as this. You are brave and strong and with so many people praying for you – and metaphysically holding your hand – you will come through. If anyone can come out the other side better, and smiling, it’s you. I expect you have good physios there, who I hope are helping you deal with the frustration and fears. Our bodies do naturally mend and do what they’re supposed to do to get better – it’s just odd for us to understand that the path to recovery and strength isn’t a linear one. Some days it may feel as if you are sliding backwards, but you’re not – you’re constantly progressing. Resting and feeling good about yourself is one of the most active things you can do.

    Probably teaching you to suck eggs, I know…Sorry. Anyway, I’ll come and visit as soon as I can after your operation – when you’re up to it. I’m going to arrange it with your mum and hopefully see you both soon.

    In the meantime, just keep on keeping on. You’re fantastic and an inspiration to us all.

    lots and lots of love

    Lou xxxx

  5. Dear Tom and Ellen,
    Thank you for posting the pictures from graduation – they are wonderful and inspiring – my particular favourites are the “Riding in the front seat” – oh how many new horizons are opening up before you, and the “Supporting Ladies” – you lucky dog to be surrounded by such pulchritude.
    Again, well done with the degree and the prizes, and all the best for the 6th. All of our fingers, toes and eyes will be crossed for a swift return to forward progress for you.
    Hope you’re all staying out of big puddles – over here we hear that Standlake is, simply, a standing lake these days – but Michael assures me that there is still a patch of ground to show where the Pavilion will stand.
    All love as ever from Jan, Blythe and Felix.

  6. So good to see the pictures: I wish i could have been there (and I was, really, in spirit…). Well done Tom, and great that Ellen, Oliver, Polly and Susie were there with you to share the fun. And great thata you manager the rain too. Much love and congratulations again David

  7. Dear Tom,
    Félicitations ! Absolutely marvellous to see you in your University gown and academic surroundings. This “blog” is incredible. Its a superb gift of communication from your family and friends to us all.
    Incidently not only is (D-Day) the 6th of August your 23rd birthday but it is also the Feast day of the Transfiguration which for the Christian community is symbolic.
    Best wishes Marie

  8. Hi Tom, Ellen and family,

    Yes! May I add my congratulations to you on looking as smart as you think Tom, amid a bevy of beauties (including your mum) and lots of friends. Long may it last.

    I will be thinking of you for both op and birthday reasons on August 6th, but I’m not actually around because my holiday has long been booked from August 2nd for a month. Well, not a holiday but living in the old school house in central France (still far too ‘basic’ ever to make a commercial proposition), with access to email from the local library twice a week and a lot of relaxing in a hammock, sunshine willing, as well a beavering away at work in the shade of the walnut tree and a magnificent view. You saw the place once; but it is now as finished as it ever will be and of course the entire ground floor was ramped for Gordon; so one of these days perhaps……..
    I also have a lovely shot of all you Nabarro kids leaping into the local peaty lake. Now the EU has got at it and there are lifeguards (good) who prevent you from swimming right across (bad) as well as swimming at all on account of the colour of the water (bad).
    Anyway the reason I’m not here to wish you ‘HB’ and ‘good luck’ in person is that I’ll be doing a course in Limoges in art enamelling, the fine craft of the region which has been practised there since the 8th century. I did two starter courses when it rained last year. It involves pushing what look like sand grains around with tiny spatulas and pointy instruments and there is surprise throughout the process until after what you do emerges from the kiln at 1000 degrees C, because the colours only show through in their final form when it cools. I found it very exciting at the end and very absorbing at the beginning, focussing your concentration in a way that is diametrically opposite to what you have to do to run a university department. I am really looking forward to the change!

    Yesterday, Kaveri and I and some friends cycled to Wolvercote to look at Portmeadow. At one level it looks as it does in winter but it is wierd to see this big expanse of water in the middle of summer and there is a lot rushing in still even though it has lowered by about a foot on its maximum. OUP’s paper mill site didn’t manage its lagoon very well which spilled into Wolvercote itself, not helped by people filling in historic ditches, at the ends of their gardens which had been dug in the first place for a REASON. Anyway Wolvercote hardly suffered compared with people on Osney Island and Binsey. Most Victorian housing was sited well above flood levels, so something else must have happened – perhaps encroachment on the flood plain or mismanagement further upstream and general underinvestment in river maintenance. I have an ex student living in Binsey who is 9 months pregnant and who emailed saying that the only way she would get to hospital if the waters remained at their level would be by fire engine! Let’s hope hers don’t break too soon! The babe is due tomorrow!

    Sending much love from our household, hoping you aren’t in too much discomfort and can bear the slow counting down,
    Barbara

  9. Hi Tom

    Many many congratulations on your fantastic degree and prizes; the graduation pics look great of you all. So sorry to hear about the need for furtehr surgery – hope they use re-inforced screws this time to enable headbanging! It does seem a bit hard that it has to happen on your birthday – tho perhaps that makes it very auspicious! We’ll all be thinking of you in Liverpool & hoping your recovery is v quick & that it won’t take long to recover all the ground you’ve made so far.

    I spoke to polly the other day – it was great to hear her & also that olly has done so well, do give him our congrats too, when you next see him. We are just waiting on gcses (for the twins) & a levels (for joe -now working in a vodka bar in newcastle for the summer!) -it seems amazing that you are nearly 23 & olly 21 -its seems so recent that you were all children!

    v much love – especially on the 6th – helen et al

    PS you website and courage are totally inspiring – i wonder if you would consider some time in the future putting it together as a book -i think it could be incredibly helpful to anyone else finding themselves in a similar position and also to health professionals?

  10. Dear Tom (suite message no.7) already sent to you perso. via David the 27 July but needs to be seen on the blog for would-be editor/publisher etc. to help me do it !
    I would like to publish a small book on the Save the Children Fund emergency relief care work in Kurdistan in 1975 which was David’s first humanitarian mission at only 25 years of age! We worked in the Kurdish mountains and there was bombing…There were no mobiles, no computers. David or Alan the Field Director had to travel many miles to send a “telex” as our only means of communication with the U.K. The vaccine froze in the “vaccination pistoles”. I had hoped to get this to-gether to send David for his 60th birthday in two years time. However my idea now is to try and get it published and that all the profits would go to the PTF for your cottage. The manuscript and photos are in preparation and the preface has yet to be written (by David ?)contact:marie.le.françois@orange.fr

  11. Just one last thing Tom – am sending everyone a beautiful poem which dosen’t concern you or Ellen as your natural loving smiles are a delight to us all. Unfortunately I don’t know who wrote it and I don’t have the English version. Expect somebody can find a copy in an English card shop.

    Un sourire

    Un sourire ne coûte rien et produit beaucoup.
    Il enrichit ceux qui le recoivent, sans appauvrir ceux qui le donnent.
    Il ne dure qu’un instant, mais son souvenir est parfois éternel.
    Personne n’est assez riche pour pouvoir s’en passer, et personne n’est trop pauvre pour ne pas le meriter.
    Il crée le bonheur au foyer et un soutien dans les affaires,
    Et le signe sensible de l’amitié.
    Un sourire donne du repos à l’être fatigué, rend du courage au plus découragé, console la tristesse, et c’est un antidote de la nature pour toutes les peines.

    Cependent il ne peut ni s’acheter; ni se prêter, ni se voler,
    Car c’est une chose qui n’a de valeur, qu’à partir du moment où il se donne.

    Et si quelquefois vous rencontrez une personne qui vous donne pas le sourire que vous méritez, soyez généreux donnez-lui le votre.
    Car nul n’a autant besoin d’un sourire, que celui qui ne peut en donner aux autres.

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