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by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 31
Views: 1661

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: 31
Views: 1661

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: 10
Views: 299

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: 31
Views: 1661

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: 31
Views: 1661

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: 13123

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: 10
Views: 299

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: 169

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...
by michael scuffil
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 116
Views: 13123

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

Perhaps that explains his highly suspect habit of drawing the bone structure of the human skeleton on naked boys in class? When I was taught by him, the 'model' was told in advance to wear swimming trunks if the pelvic area was the topic of the day. If it was shoulders or ribs, the boy (me) would s...
by michael scuffil
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 116
Views: 13123

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

I’m in The Hague for a short while and visited the Peace Palace or Palais de la Paix. (It and its history are interesting, but there are no CH connections of which I am aware. So I have invented one.) But have you used any of the city's very public open-air urinals? (Far more public than the old ir...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH San
Replies: 17
Views: 461

Re: CH San

I have never understood why we should be expected to apologise for bombing Dresden when the Germans carried out these attacks on London - and also, I should add, Antwerp (4,229 killed); Liege (1,649 killed) and Brussels (508 killed). The reason is that we consider ourselves to be civilized and the ...
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH San
Replies: 17
Views: 461

Re: CH San

I notice that this happened on 29 June 1944, so it was a fairly early V-1. The first fell on London on 13 June that year, two days after I was born (and my mother's birthday). At about the same time as this one fell on CH, another fell on London, and thereby hangs a tale. My father was stationed som...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Proposed demolition of old CH kitchens & Wardrobe
Replies: 8
Views: 393

Re: Proposed demolition of old CH kitchens & Wardrobe

Obviously 'temporary' is a somewhat elastic expression.

'Ce qui dure, c'est le provisoire' (Talleyrand)
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library
Replies: 17
Views: 545

Re: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library

but his reply was that he [Kit Aitken] would wait for the film For an English-language film, he would have had to wait until 1981. Did he live that long? In fact, a film was made in French long before the novel was published in Britain. But in those days, there was no video. (Actually, Lady Chatter...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library
Replies: 17
Views: 545

Re: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library

There was The Cruel Sea. Most house libraries had what was called the 'Cadet Edition' (yuk). But the school library had the unexpurgated version, with graphic descriptions of shore leave in, I think, Brazil. Mostly, of course, we had to make do with the Bible, Lot's daughters and all that.