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by wurzel
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 76
Views: 3720

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

"random punishments" which meant a dep caught with some home brew could get a harsher punishment than an LE caught legless on Vodka for the 2nd or 3rd time (not sure if that actually happened but the concept struck me as very unfair at the time) Just not true - this must be a urban (rural) rumour. ...
by wurzel
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 76
Views: 3720

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

i remember the rumour at the time was he fell out with the council as he wanted to be his own man and then they hunted and forced him out due to accounting irregularities which were rumoured to include pushing monies meant for the Heads entertaining into helping subsidise student activities instead....
by wurzel
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Hammer blows to CH finances
Replies: 39
Views: 1920

Re: Hammer blows to CH finances

I would suspect that is fees become VATable then the fact the school is now split as school and then the foundation "buyng"places for foundationers would mean that non foundationers paid VAT but the charity "the foundation" was able to reclaim VAT on the fees it paid the school for educating it's fo...
by wurzel
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Vegetarians
Replies: 12
Views: 479

Re: Vegetarians

My Mate Time "Veggie" was strictly vegetarian throughout our time at CH in the 80's and there was for the first 5 years no provision other than the fact Dr Hoskyns prescribed him Cheddar & Apples to be administered by Matron he just didnt eat the meat part of meals. Remember this is also the days wh...
by wurzel
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Explanation of the 'Tube'
Replies: 47
Views: 7255

Re: Explanation of the 'Tube'

I still have quite vivid memories of the tube network having spent many happy hours walking and smoking in it. One of my usual activities was removing a light bulb, placing a coin in the socket, replacing the bulb and switching the light back on. The resulting darkness allowing me further protectio...
by wurzel
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 51
Views: 2007

Re: Attitudes to sports

80's we had Rugby in Michaelmas, Hockey or Football in Lent and Cricket/athletics in Summer. I think Football had been introduced by Hailey, he definitely seemed to be the force behind it. By then we had coaching in Rugby even in junior houses although it was obviously not up to club standards. Ther...
by wurzel
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: All this is incredibly sad
Replies: 159
Views: 7538

Re: All this is incredibly sad

Up until the block system came into being I would say that as the population of the senior houses were at least partly self selected you would end up with people with similar interests banding together and creating a "house culture" which would take a major event (like the block system) to disrupt. ...
by wurzel
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: REMOVAL OF CHOBA MEMBERSHIP
Replies: 34
Views: 2141

Re: REMOVAL OF CHOBA MEMBERSHIP

Very true - if this it to become a "remove CHOBA membership for all old blues with a criminal conviction" thread, naming them all, it will become very long thread
by wurzel
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: REMOVAL OF CHOBA MEMBERSHIP
Replies: 34
Views: 2141

Re: REMOVAL OF CHOBA MEMBERSHIP

Pretty sure 2 years not 4 as she started in her deps one of the first 3 girls the year before the merger with Sarah Jeffers & Sidonia Porteus, her sister Kate did 4 years but started the following year i think.
by wurzel
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Looking for....
Topic: Old Blue Scientists???
Replies: 10
Views: 1838

Re: Old Blue Scientists???

Since the 80s at least, the general attitude had been to look down on science, as far as I can tell. Certainly, a talented rugby player would receive more attention than a potential scientist. And anyway, what's the point, when someone with a chemistry degree will probably waste all that knowledge ...
by wurzel
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Parents - Past, Present & Future
Topic: Help the newbie!
Replies: 18
Views: 2172

Re: Help the newbie!

in the 80's you were specifically requested not to have contact with parents for first 3 weeks (other than letters) to apparently stop homesickness !! By the way the bit about school "team kit" will be that if they are in a school team the shirts at least will be specific to the team and thus taken ...
by wurzel
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Annoying car man
Replies: 21
Views: 1027

Re: Annoying car man

Have cars got that much wider since 1990 or was it never designed to be used by a car on a regular basis? Basically "yes" all that side protection 1990 Ford Escort 66.6" 2017 Ford Focus 71.8" 1990 Asta 65.4" 2018 Astra 71.2" Add to that the fact that in 1990 an Escort was still seen as a decent fam...
by wurzel
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: When You Left CH, Did You Cease to Have Access to the Musical Instrument You'd Learned How to Play?
Replies: 42
Views: 3142

Re: When You Left CH, Did You Cease to Have Access to the Musical Instrument You'd Learned How to Play?

i joined the school at the same time my great grandfather died leaving an instrument to the school - he had been a lab tech and very good cornet player and played with some form of big band/dance band at the school in the 50's (Laurie was his name). I was immediately given the instrument and thus it...
by wurzel
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Congratulations to this year's Grecians and their new Headmaster
Replies: 32
Views: 1480

Re: Congratulations to this year's Grecians and their new Headmaster

the trouble with Oxbridge now is you can only apply to one of them in a year, so once he put down Cambridge he could not apply to Oxford even though Cambridge would not even interview him. One of my younger brothers contemporaries at CH had the same happen to them, a flat rejection from Cambridge, s...
by wurzel
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Congratulations to this year's Grecians and their new Headmaster
Replies: 32
Views: 1480

Re: Congratulations to this year's Grecians and their new Headmaster

Well all i know is that this years cohort is the one my son would have been in but CH didnt think he would fit in, so he boarded elsewhere on a scholarship/bursary better than the indicative CH one we had at the time and is off to Warwick on the back of 3xA*in Maths, Further Maths & Physics + A in C...