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by michael scuffil
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Siegfried Sassoon & Dennis Silk
Replies: 4
Views: 130

Re: Siegfried Sassoon & Dennis Silk

Sassoon was 54 years older than Silk. Now, I have young friends, but I would find it strange to regard any of them as one of my closest friends (and I doubt they would reciprocate the honour).
by michael scuffil
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr
Replies: 39
Views: 1729

Re: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr

British sentencing is the harshest in Europe, and the prison population is by far the highest, which also helps to explain the overcrowding in British prisons. I think in Germany where I live these two would not have been given a custodial sentence, or at least it would have been suspended. But almo...
by michael scuffil
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Story of Old Blues in North America - BCOB Book Project
Replies: 30
Views: 546

Re: The Story of Old Blues in North America - BCOB Book Project

I remember five Americans at CH for a year, but only two names. Peter Flynn (1960-61) and Al Sharp (1961-62). Peter Flynn was altogther unAmerican, as we thought: very arty and unsporty (he became a judge). Al Sharp was the all-American boy. Some say he was sent as an antidote.
by michael scuffil
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?

Again, can't help you find him now. But he was Hall Warden at my first CH meal, tea on the day of arrival. That was Michaelmas 1955, so presumably he was not a 'new boy' then. I only encountered him personally as my master for non-classical-grecians' Latin (in a class which also included classical g...
by michael scuffil
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.
Replies: 22
Views: 494

Re: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.

Re the PSG, which I was in for a short while: it was preceded by something called 'the Pioneers', which was - I think - officially part of the CCF but did nothing that could be construed as 'combative'. A prominent member was Anthony Arblaster (ThB).
by michael scuffil
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Keith Douglas
Replies: 2
Views: 845

Re: Keith Douglas

Not available on iPlayer

Indeed, iPlayer is available for a month, not seven years :-)
by michael scuffil
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Revamping of Christ Church Newgate St
Replies: 6
Views: 1083

Re: Revamping of Christ Church Newgate St

I have just come across this old print of Christ Church, Newgate St, which is the best I've seen actually, because the perspective is right. It also includes two CH boys. But what is this open-air living room in the right foreground? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingd...
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 36
Views: 2650

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

certain restrictions on publishing such information less than 100 years after death You can publish what you like about someone who's dead. And truth is a defence against libel anyway. So if you wanted to add to the potted biography something like 'lazy and incompetent' or 'notorious paedophile' or...
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 36
Views: 2650

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

There was an art teacher called Vaux (rhymes with forks) and a science teacher called Marchbanks (known as Marsh-gas) who were so unflamboyant that I remember nothing else about them. Neither was on the staff for very long. There was another art teacher who had reddish curly hair, but I can't even r...
by michael scuffil
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH in Art
Replies: 11
Views: 567

Re: CH in Art

Conrad Clark was a near contemporary of mine in ThB (two years older), and we were quite good friends for a while. He was certainly, by CH standards, very eccentric. He had a copy of Lord of the Rings almost immediately it was first published (you have to remember that in its early days, this was ve...
by michael scuffil
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 36
Views: 2650

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

he was senior housemaster of Mid B

I hadn't known that. Mid B seems to have had an attraction for the non-flamboyant. No one could accuse Harry Spurrier of being flamboyant either.
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 36
Views: 2650

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

The least flamboyant master I can remember was RW Crosland, who taught physics. He would come to chapel on Sunday evenings, with his wife, who wore strange hats (or maybe, a strange hat -- I can only remember one). He ran the Scout Troop, it was joked he did it because no one was less scout-like tha...
by michael scuffil
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 116
Views: 14465

Re: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster

I haven’t seen any these “very public open air urinals” here, but I admit I haven’t been looking for them, so I’ll ask a local. I wonder if they have vanished as did the elegant Parisian “Pissoirs” some years ago. But at least there seem to be no unisex toilets in The Hague. I first saw them in 201...
by michael scuffil
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH in Art
Replies: 11
Views: 567

Re: CH in Art

Re the painting by Tissot, it's quite well known, but I can't imagine anything less Impressionist. But I'm told this goes for much of the exhibition.
by michael scuffil
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Morton Peto
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Morton Peto

I see from The Old Blue that Morton Peto has died, at what must have been a ripe old age. He was my first French teacher in 1955, and didn't strike me as being particularly young even then, and he was already a senior housemaster. I didn't have much to do with him after that, until I applied to leav...