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by michael scuffil
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Thornton B Sword
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Thornton B Sword

I believe that genuine antique samurai swords kept by museums and genuine collectors are exempt (and rightly so). But that would presuppose that they are kept safe, I imagine.
by michael scuffil
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Damian Le Bas, Radio 4 Book of the Week
Replies: 14
Views: 440

Re: Damian Le Bas, Radio 4 Book of the Week

I remember well the French onion sellers with the bikes festooned with their wares. One turned up at CH once. Apparently Arthur Rider had met him in France, and, the way one does, had said 'You must drop in and see me if ever you're in England again' (without, I imagine, thinking this would actuall...
by michael scuffil
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Thornton B Sword
Replies: 3
Views: 164

Re: Thornton B Sword

It was in the house until at least 1963. It was displayed in the junior housemaster's study (in fact for some time I was under the entirely mistaken impression that it belonged to Richard Fry). It was very sharp. We had unsupervised musical evenings in that room, and boys being boys, it was occasion...
by michael scuffil
Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Housey Slang.....
Replies: 361
Views: 43667

Re: Housey Slang.....

Most discussions of Housey slang concentrate on words, but there was also Housey grammar. It particularly affected prepositions and articles. For example, one went 'back to house', and was then 'back at house'. You went 'up' to school, or to chapel, or to choir practice. And if you were ill, you wer...
by michael scuffil
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 93
Views: 3230

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

I suppose everyone has their own response to the regime, and it depends on various things. For a start, the elite at CH was not a sporting elite but an academic elite with their posh uniforms. This filtered all the way down, and if you were on an A form and first set for everything you had status. T...
by michael scuffil
Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Damian Le Bas, Radio 4 Book of the Week
Replies: 14
Views: 440

Re: Damian Le Bas, Radio 4 Book of the Week

When I was young, and living in London, I was a great supporter of gypsy rights and of the MP Norman Dodds who was known as the 'gypsies' friend'. Then my parents moved to the country (briefly) and I actually saw a gypsy encampment for the first time. It was, shall we say, a sobering experience.
by michael scuffil
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 93
Views: 3230

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

Chrissie Boy wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:19 am
Just look at the Cliff Richard vs. the BBC case. Still on-going, but when did we last hear anything about it in the news?
That is a civil case. Proceedings tend to be technical and rather dry. Also the urgency is less.
by michael scuffil
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Damian Le Bas, Radio 4 Book of the Week
Replies: 14
Views: 440

Re: Damian Le Bas, Radio 4 Book of the Week

I didn't hear it, but I did hear an interview with him (on Today?) in which, in a very non-public-school accent, he mentioned in passing that he'd been at a public school, and I wondered if it was CH.
by michael scuffil
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Maine Photos
Topic: Maine B 1952
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: Maine B 1952

Peto taught me French in my first year. I came second in the exam, beating all those in the top set who had had French in the Prep or at their prep school. So he must have been a reasonable teacher. In any case I liked him. I may have been wrong about Holland being in MaB, or perhaps he only moved t...
by michael scuffil
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Maine Photos
Topic: Maine B 1952
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: Maine B 1952

From his position and posture, it appears that Carey was the senior housemaster. But three years later, Morton Peto was. Does this mean that Peto was promoted from junior to senior housemaster in the same house? I know of no other such instance. Incidentally, future Labour MP Stuart Holland ought to...
by michael scuffil
Sun May 06, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 4933

Re: Reading to the dormitory

Now as to the rest of Europe, the American media research group Freedom House tells us that Finland has the greatest readership of serious independent broadsheets (think The Guardian, Indie and FT) and also that the Finns have the best educational standards in Europe. Some connection here? It is co...
by michael scuffil
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Ajaz Karim found guilty
Replies: 68
Views: 2285

Re: Ajaz Karim found guilty

As for me, I once offered a prize to anyone on the internet who could nominate a politician of any country and of any time period who was undoubtedly ans incontroversially honest. The prize has not been earned.

A. Hitler comes pretty close. But nobody realized.
by michael scuffil
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 4933

Re: Reading to the dormitory

Yes, this 5%-or-so correspond with the hegemonic class groupings in British society, and until really quite recently "boarding school survivors" also dominated English literary culture; so down to the mid-C20 – and indeed beyond – we get a massive over-representation of this class in the fiction th...
by michael scuffil
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Ajaz Karim found guilty
Replies: 68
Views: 2285

Re: Ajaz Karim found guilty

As the father of 3 daughters I have one observation. How come, in a co-educational environment, a male teacher was apparently allowed to massage or even mix with naked or semi naked female pupils without a female (teacher, matron) being present? As the father of two daughters, I find that an excell...
by michael scuffil
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Coleridge: the bones
Replies: 4
Views: 262

Coleridge: the bones

Found this curiosity in the Guardian...

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/ ... ine-cellar