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by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 48
Views: 1326

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

That was the delectable Nena, was it not?

She's still around, though I believe she makes her living as a comedian these days.
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: The Old Blue 2018

The Christ's Hospital Book (1953) opens with an extract from the Report of the Schools Inquiry Commissioners (1867/68) which states 'Christ's Hospital is ... sui generis'. These days one has to translate even common Latin phrases, but this is where 'a school like no other' comes from.
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 48
Views: 1326

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

The girls that came to Horsham for the Quatercentenary were shown round by, I suppose selected, Grecians. The buzz was that, on passing the pillar box outside the Common Room, one of the girls asked 'Are you allowed to post things in that?' St Matthew's Day was the girls' only other manifestation f...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 48
Views: 1326

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

That there was a girls' CH at Hertford must have been known to everyone at Horsham apart from maybe new boys in their first few weeks. There were also quite a few sibling pairs divided between the two schools. There were official exchange visits by senior pupils on each other's Speech Days, and both...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Thornton Photos
Topic: Thornton House Photos
Replies: 20
Views: 7015

Re: Thornton House Photos

by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Corporal Punishment by CH Teaching staff
Replies: 92
Views: 10415

Re: Corporal Punishment by CH Teaching staff

Corporal punishment at CH was a form of sexual gratification and had very little to do with chastisement. It was a prime source of aggressive sexual satisfaction and it is directly linked to the culture of sexual abuse that occurred and the issues with the school not just in my time but for some 32...
by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Corporal Punishment by CH Teaching staff
Replies: 92
Views: 10415

Re: Corporal Punishment by CH Teaching staff

Definitely not the same 'Hewitt'. R. Hewitt's subject was English, both Lit. and Lang. I believed he played rugby for The Harlequins. As far as I'm aware, he wasn't at CH for any great length of time If he is the person I am thinking of, then he also tried to teach some of us Russian. After "A' lev...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Hammer blows to CH finances
Replies: 36
Views: 1185

Re: Hammer blows to CH finances

Michael, I would hope that you would approve of one more exemption from VAT, sanitary products. It’s a disgrace there should be VAT on such essential items for women. I live in a country which (like almost all others) imposes VAT on all sorts of obvious essentials, including food, water, books and ...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Hammer blows to CH finances
Replies: 36
Views: 1185

Re: Hammer blows to CH finances

Michael, I take your point about a school not being a 'business.' However, that argument is weakened by the growing number of people (some in very elevated positions) who make remarks like 'don't forget a school is a business'. Indeed, that argument is being increasingly used to re-label headmaster...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 48
Views: 1326

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

How sure are you that he didn't write a reference for Baker? Your post doesn't explicitly say that he didn't. I've not the slightest idea whether he wrote one or not. The article in The Leysian suggests (more than suggests, actually) that Barker had strong reservations about Baker, in particular th...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 48
Views: 1326

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

Golfer wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:27 pm
michael scuffil wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:00 pm
While very reactionary, he was a man of integrity and good sense.
Michael, some people might find "reactionary" and "good sense" to be oxymoronic?
Some people might. That's their business.
by michael scuffil
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Hammer blows to CH finances
Replies: 36
Views: 1185

Re: Hammer blows to CH finances

So about half a million. Not insignificant, but not a great deal in the broader scheme of things (about 2% of total expenditure, unless I have overlooked something). However, the report makes the point that VAT is not charged on fees because the foundation is not a 'business'. This is the crucial po...
by michael scuffil
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 48
Views: 1326

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

That tribute, while praising him as a teacher, also hints at why he should not have been given a job with headmasterly responsibilities. I also knew Alan Barker, the headmaster of The Leys mentioned here. While very reactionary, he was a man of integrity and good sense. The CH Council presumably did...
by michael scuffil
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Hammer blows to CH finances
Replies: 36
Views: 1185

Re: Hammer blows to CH finances

Someone who charges VAT can also reclaim VAT. I don't know how much VAT CH pays (most of its expenditure is presumably on non-VATable items such as salaries).
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: A letter from the CHOBA board
Replies: 37
Views: 1982

Re: A letter from the CHOBA board

Golfer wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:34 pm
Notwithstanding the above, I do think that justice is the supreme value.
Yes, if we could agree what it was. But we can't, except in a very few open-and-shut cases.
Law, while subject to continuous development, has the advantage of being objective at any given time (and *reasonably* certain).