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by michael scuffil
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 429
Views: 37084

Re: Politics

The UK as a member of the EU is not ruled from 'outside' any more than Kent is ruled by the West Midlands. In practice, about 1% of EU directives were opposed by the UK. Membership of NATO involves a far greater surrender of sovereignty, as it commits us to sending British service personnel to their...
by michael scuffil
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Identification.
Replies: 17
Views: 654

Re: Identification.

I live in a country where you have to have either an official ID card or a passport. Most Germans think they have to have an official ID (but they don't, if they have a passport) and that they have to carry it (but they don't, or a passport either). Foreigners like me don't have ID cards. (The ID al...
by michael scuffil
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: HUSBAND APPEAL ??
Replies: 30
Views: 2623

Re: HUSBAND APPEAL ??

Look, I have said in other posts that I think victims ought, in cases of crimes against the person, be formally legally represented at all stages of the case against the accused. It is widely reported that in the English system, where they are not, victims often feel let down or left out. However, t...
by michael scuffil
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Two OB punsters
Replies: 1
Views: 269

Re: Two OB punsters

Puns have a bad reputation, but they can be serious.

Two examples:

'New presbyter is but old priest writ large' (John Milton. Possibly the wisest aphorism in the English language)

'The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall' (Wilfred Owen, from 'Anthem for Doomed Youth')
by michael scuffil
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: HUSBAND APPEAL ??
Replies: 30
Views: 2623

Re: HUSBAND APPEAL ??

Great news. Thanks for the update. Why is it 'great news'? It is neither good nor bad, just news. If serious judicial opinion had allowed the appeal, it would have meant they considered there was a prima facie case for an appeal. That is not 'bad news'. It is justice taking its course. Mutatis muta...
by michael scuffil
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: HUSBAND APPEAL ??
Replies: 30
Views: 2623

Re: HUSBAND APPEAL ??

Does anyone have any "notes from Court"? Andrew Husband may never see freedom again, given his age. That is unlikely. He doesn't have a life sentence, and in any case almost no one dies in prison of old age because prisons don't have the facilities to provide expensive end-of-life care. And unlike ...
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: HUSBAND APPEAL ??
Replies: 30
Views: 2623

Re: HUSBAND APPEAL ??

In case you want to know why I think the English legal system is not 'the best': 1. it sends far too many people to prison 2. the accusatorial system does not allow the courts to conduct their own inquiries (defence and prosecution can agree -- tacitly or explicitly -- to omit matters of public int...
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: HUSBAND APPEAL ??
Replies: 30
Views: 2623

Re: HUSBAND APPEAL ??

Great news. Thanks for the update. Why is it 'great news'? It is neither good nor bad, just news. If serious judicial opinion had allowed the appeal, it would have meant they considered there was a prima facie case for an appeal. That is not 'bad news'. It is justice taking its course. Mutatis muta...
by michael scuffil
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 887

Re: Matrons

Many thanks for the updates on Mrs Riches. In my original post I should have said I wasn't aware she was married with a son whilst I was in Coleridge. It was not much realized in ThB either that his mother was the Coleridge matron. (I think she was the only 'Mrs' among the matrons.) He was one of t...
by michael scuffil
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 887

Re: Matrons

It occurs to me that when I was thinking of the Barnes matron, it was not the young car-driving Miss Farr I was thinking of, but her predecessor, the formidable Miss Watts (who presumably was in her late 50s and retired at 60). The formidable Miss Dalziel in Thornton was succeeded (after I left) by ...
by michael scuffil
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 887

Re: Matrons

Our matrons were certainly in charge of laundry (within the house) and transferring/receiving it to/from the school wash-house. They were also in charge of repairs to clothing (and deciding when minor items -- shirts, socks, underwear -- were beyond repair). They didn't do this work themselves, of c...
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 887

Re: Matrons

Thank you Geoff for that. I never realized she had a car. But surely she was in her 40s at least?

But does anyone know what a matron was paid c. 1960? I think a run-of-the-mill teacher (without special status or responsibilities) would be paid around 850 a year.
by michael scuffil
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 887

Re: Matrons

The thought of treating Miss Dalziel as a 'mother figure'? The mind boggles. I'm told Mrs Riches was more approachable in this respect, but then she was (almost uniquely) a mother. She was known to be sympathetic when you were injured; Miss Dalziel had no sympathy whatever. One of the matrons' unoff...
by michael scuffil
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 887

Re: Matrons

I think a grasp of child psychology probably helped. And a good dose of common sense. Mrs Riches was our matron in Coleridge. I don't know what qualifications she had but she always seemed to me to have a relaxed and pragmatic way of dealing with our various little problems. Her son Graham was in o...
by michael scuffil
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 887

Re: Matrons

On paper, I imagine, none. I suppose matrons were appointed by the Lady Superintendent (?), and the applicant would have to demonstrate, on the basis of their experience, rather than formal qualifications, that they were competent organizers, had some knowledge of household management, and some basi...