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by michael scuffil
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Thornton Photos
Topic: Thornton House Photos
Replies: 15
Views: 6598

Re: Thornton House Photos

Whoever took that picture ought to be shot. The lighting is dreadful.
by michael scuffil
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: All this is incredibly sad
Replies: 62
Views: 1896

Re: All this is incredibly sad

Two points from this thread. Like rockfreak, I too am amazed by the fact that bullying, which was declining in his time, and declining still faster in mine (we overlapped but he was four years my senior) seems to have got worse in the 1970s and 1980s. As for non-foundationers, of course they had an ...
by michael scuffil
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: CH and flu
Replies: 32
Views: 2350

Re: CH and flu

Why we thought that could give us flu I have no idea

I suppose it could have stressed the immune system (that's probably what you intuitively thought). But probably it merely stimulated it.
by michael scuffil
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Academic jargon
Replies: 9
Views: 346

Re: Academic jargon

While I agree that 'postmodern' in most contexts is an oxymoron, in some it can be said to have a meaning, namely those contexts where 'Modern' means 'in the Modernist style'. This can certainly be applied to architecture, probably to the other visual arts, and probably to classical music. So that w...
by michael scuffil
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Why a teacher DOES NOT have to report abuse
Replies: 46
Views: 1916

Re: Why a teacher DOES NOT have to report abuse

I hadn't realized Burr's case went back to Newsome's time. I knew Newsome fairly well from Cambridge, and I imagine no one's suggesting he had any knowledge of this, because it would have been out of character for him to have known and done nothing. As for Gregory and Lorrimer: if they knew, they sh...
by michael scuffil
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Why a teacher DOES NOT have to report abuse
Replies: 46
Views: 1916

Re: Why a teacher DOES NOT have to report abuse

There used to be a common-law crime called 'misprision of felony' (i.e. failure to report a felony of which you had knowledge). It was abolished in 1967 (mainly because it was very hard to prove). I don't know whether an indecent assault on a child (short of rape) was a felony; I doubt it, and there...
by michael scuffil
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Phone boxes
Replies: 27
Views: 1017

Re: Phone boxes

The ony one I remember was in the court room corridor. Always dark and musty with a distintive smell of despair and overshadowed by that shark attack picture which didn't help much either.. 1d coins, if memory serves. That's the only one I remember too. I think all payphones took sixpences too, may...
by michael scuffil
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: staff accommodation
Replies: 40
Views: 960

Re: staff accommodation

I was the last member of staff to live in a room next to the lower dorm and to have a dayroom study. This was for three years in Maine B from 1981-4. It was unreasonable as it was basically like being on duty 24/7, seven days a week. I also did six and a third sporting activities a week which was t...
by michael scuffil
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Annoying car man
Replies: 21
Views: 704

Re: Annoying car man

I'd say the OP guy is either weird (and people can get very weird, especially in England, when it comes to car-parking), is trying to hide something from his wife, is trying to confuse the authorities, or is trying to avoid unofficial revenge-takers (gangland spat). My neighbours (husband and wife) ...
by michael scuffil
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: staff accommodation
Replies: 40
Views: 960

staff accommodation

Having written this http://www.chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=5232&p=143121#p143121 in another thread, it occurred to me to wonder if we had a thread on staff houses. Originally, I think, apart from the bachelor accommodation in the boarding houses, there were attached houses for the married ...
by michael scuffil
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Ernest McCall- Maths teacher / housemaster Maine A
Replies: 38
Views: 2255

Re: Ernest McCall- Maths teacher / housemaster Maine A

I don't recall Housemasters ever moving house before In the olden days, it happened occasionally if a housemaster got married. There were only four (Upper) houses with married quarters (MaB, ThA, PeA, PeB). While housemasters could live in nearby staff houses, this only gradually became normal for ...
by michael scuffil
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Dobbie's departure
Replies: 109
Views: 5575

Re: Dobbie's departure

Re the employment of a chaplain: It should be remembered that a chaplain is also a teacher, for whose remuneration the school is solely responsible. In the case of Robson and Whitfeld, they were also (as assistant chaplains) junior housemasters. These are not functions over which the CofE should hav...
by michael scuffil
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Address to the Governing Council help please
Replies: 28
Views: 1268

Re: Address to the Governing Council help please

From TMF: Here is a review of child sexual abuse in England and Wales. This article discusses various cultural changes - e.g. laws concerning homosexuality and state school guidelines. You will see that there were many convictions (i.e. involvements of the police) throughout the 20th century: https:...
by michael scuffil
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Address to the Governing Council help please
Replies: 28
Views: 1268

Re: Address to the Governing Council help please

Perhaps I was wrong about 'abetting'. Baker seems to have a lot to answer for. I don't think there was any abetting under Seaman or Newsome. My impression of Flecker (from hearsay, reading, and general knowledge of the world) is that in his last years at CH he was getting lazy and complacent. He was...
by michael scuffil
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Address to the Governing Council help please
Replies: 28
Views: 1268

Re: Address to the Governing Council help please

I see your point regarding re-writing history, how do you feel about Poulton proudly wearing the CH tie? That is a matter for Poulton and his conscience. My feelings one way or the other are neither here nor there. It is a past event and cannot be undone. His picture in the Dining Hall, by contrast...