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by michael scuffil
Sun May 06, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 4700

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: 1990

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: 4700

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: 1990

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: 234

Coleridge: the bones

Found this curiosity in the Guardian...

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/ ... ine-cellar
by michael scuffil
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal
Replies: 53
Views: 2230

Re: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal

No. Historic sexual abuse is one thing, corporal punishment another. As others have pointed out, corporal punishment was the norm at that time. So was much else which is now considered abusive. A starlet in a Hollywood studio was expected to act as a 'comfort woman' for important male visitors. Her...
by michael scuffil
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Revamping of Christ Church Newgate St
Replies: 8
Views: 1343

Re: Revamping of Christ Church Newgate St

Another change to have occurred in this area is the re-erection of Temple Bar (which once stood in Fleet St. and was removed as an impediment to traffic, being moved to Theobalds Park in Herts.) in a position roughly corresponding to that of the group of cranes in John's bottom picture above.
by michael scuffil
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal
Replies: 53
Views: 2230

Re: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal

I see Sillett has an MBE for charity work. Ironic that the only thing I remember him for during the 8 years I spent at CH was that we were all terrified of him, his temper and his ´tangents`(using a metre ruler to impart corporal punishment on young boys' bottoms). And you haven't made a complaint ...
by michael scuffil
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 4700

Re: Reading to the dormitory

Or 'screwing'.

Or 'getting your finger out and getting stuck in' (admonition from impatient female partner, and the true origin of these phrases).
by michael scuffil
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 4700

Re: Reading to the dormitory

I take your point. One might also note that in Germany at least, the 'life reform' people, who embraced things like dress reform (no stiff collars or corsets), vegetarianism, naturism, 'free love', were often fervent Nazis. This was in part because they had a common enemy: the 'bourgeois mentality' ...
by michael scuffil
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 4700

Re: Reading to the dormitory

The trouble with the 'words' in Lady Chatterley is that as the main reason for the book's prohibition, they raised Lawrence almost to the status of martyr. At the trial, the Bishop of Woolwich, author of that work of pop-radical theology, 'Honest to God', when asked to expatiate on the book's 'ethic...
by michael scuffil
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: HOUSEY SLANG
Replies: 76
Views: 4741

Re: HOUSEY SLANG

John's was Mottingham 3373 and Michael's was Thames Ditton 3373. I only remember that because I was friends with both of their sisters at the same time!!

Hope you didn't get the numbers mixed up, then...
by michael scuffil
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: HOUSEY SLANG
Replies: 76
Views: 4741

Re: HOUSEY SLANG

Things resembling bolios (hard cylindrical pillows) are common in Germany. They're called 'Nackenstützen' (neck-rests or 'neck-supports') and many people swear by them.
by michael scuffil
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Tom Lawson: the interview
Replies: 9
Views: 339

Re: Tom Lawson: the interview

To be heretical, I'm amazed that anyone learns anything* at a co-ed school. Pretty boys were time-wasting enough, but (a) such liaisons were, shall we say, dangéreuses, and (b) they weren't in the same classroom. *what you do learn, of course, is how to relate to the opposite sex, which many of us d...
by michael scuffil
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr
Replies: 83
Views: 4456

Re: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr

My view is that historic cases of any sort ought not to be prosecutable. Seriously? Yes, seriously. I live in a country where the right not to be tried after a certain period is regarded with the same sort of reverence as the British regard trial by jury. Britain and Ireland are, I think, the only ...