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by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Teaching staff
Replies: 35
Views: 1711

Re: Teaching staff

I don't get on with these newfangled smart phones I've never seen the point of them. They're no use as computers, and not particularly good as phones (dumbphones are better). Their main use is for taking snapshots and the instantaneous transmission of pictures. My wife inherited one from our grandd...
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Teaching staff
Replies: 35
Views: 1711

Re: Teaching staff

Only one of my contemporaries at CH, or at least of those that I knew well, made a career in computing. He was an English Grecian, and read English at Oxford. As for Joe Lyons mentioned above: When I first arrived in Cambridge, it was a Sunday afternoon, I wandered around the town and happened to se...
by michael scuffil
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Wendy Fryer
Replies: 19
Views: 1282

Re: Wendy Fryer

I think she was a genuine dietician, with college qualifications and all that. The school employed three, I think, under one Miss Dawe. Belinda went off to America for a year. One Saturday morning, THK appeared in class in a suit. It turned out he was off to Southampton to meet her. Incidentally, th...
by michael scuffil
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Teaching staff
Replies: 35
Views: 1711

Re: Teaching staff

My wife (a physicist) needed a calculator for her degree course. It was a Texas Instruments model, and cost about 150 pounds in 1974. A lot of money (say about 2000 in today's money). But I used it a huge amount for my PhD, which involved a lot of statistics. It had an LED display, which was both fa...
by michael scuffil
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Wendy Fryer
Replies: 19
Views: 1282

Re: Wendy Fryer

I must admit that WPC Davies was my junior housemaster and I never realized his (very nice) wife had been a CH nurse.
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Wendy Fryer
Replies: 19
Views: 1282

Re: Wendy Fryer

Yes, I noticed from the CHOBA news emailed to me today that David Swale had died, which is sad, but he had a good innings. And yes, now that I come to think of it, I did know that he married Nurse Barnitt. In the same edition of the CHOBA news there is a pic of the E. Midlands OB lunch, which featur...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Wendy Fryer
Replies: 19
Views: 1282

Re: Wendy Fryer

A science master, the late John Osborn, married a Norwegian kitchen au pair in 1966 or thereabouts. Her colleague married an OB, my ThB contemporary Wyn Parry. (Whether Mrs J. knew about either of these liaisons, conducted clandestinely*, at the time the girls were employed at the school is a moot p...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Wendy Fryer
Replies: 19
Views: 1282

Re: Wendy Fryer

How many other CH masters married infirmary nurses? I can only think of one 'almost' example: Peter Brotherton called his marriage off at the last minute. An indecently late minute, in the view of many.

Tom Keeley married dietician Belinda.
by michael scuffil
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2294

Re: The Old Blue 2018

FGM is not (generally) a Muslim practice. It is more widely performed in Christian Ethiopia and in traditional and/or Christian parts of West Africa.
by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2294

Re: The Old Blue 2018

If you asked my opinion on a variety of social issues, you would probably be surprised at how reactionary they are, and I too have serious reservations about self-conscious diversity-mongers. However, the most serious problem facing mainly Europe, but other parts of the world too, is nationalism, an...
by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2294

Re: The Old Blue 2018

I have worked in France, speak the language, studied in french, and one of my degrees is from a french university, and I'm very glad to see the tricolor flown from every town hall. My local council will not allow the St George to be displayed in pubs on St George's day, but the flying of other nati...
by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2294

Re: The Old Blue 2018

my wife of 52 years is officially classified as "coloured". In which country? There are no 'official' ethnic classifications in the UK. Apartheid South Africa had its Pass Laws, which stated criteria for official classification by race, including the get-out phrase 'obviously by appearance'. But Br...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sometimes I forget
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: Sometimes I forget

Ref baths.Before 1955 Th.B had showers and a tiled trough bath in the changing room. We used to unscrew the shower heads and let hot water rain down after rugby. We could also fill the bath to overflowing to get a bath about 1 ft deep! THE tiled trough was also useful for keeping carp,caught in the...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 76
Views: 3658

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

As for Outlook, never heard of it.

Well you should have done. It was published at least twice a year and possibly termly the whole time you were at CH. Sold about 200 copies each time, I believe. As school literary magazines go, it was quite good. (Perhaps it's still going -- anyone know?)
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sometimes I forget
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: Sometimes I forget

Somehow it then got round to how frequently we were allowed to have a bath (3 times a week, no showers at Hertford in my day). Three baths a week would have been a luxury in most households in those days, and it was well into the 1970s before most homes had a shower. (It is said that the first show...