How many of you have friend requests on Facebook, look at the mutual friends and end up thinking "They must have gone to school with me."
The trouble is when you look at their profile they don't look like they used to; they have wrinkles and bags under their eyes, grey hair or hair that's dyed to cover grey hair. I genuinely struggle to recognise these people.
The other things that make it tricky to identify who they were is whether they've changed their name or whether you even remember their name from your list of fellow pupils.
There were 180 people in my year at secondary school (I think) and there's no way I can remember all of their names and further, remembering whether I liked them, or they liked me.
I think all friend requests from that far back should be accompanied by a picture of the requestor, as they were then. Then at least the visual memory gets a chance to try and facilitate the remembering.
I've made a start and I've uploaded a few pictures from my school years; some are flattering, some not, but all are definitely me. So if anyone wants to know if they knew me, they can have a look and see. The Facebook album is here. But for those who aren't Facebook-enabled, here they are:
First year at Primary School
Later Primary School years
6th form/Technical college