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by michael scuffil
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr
Replies: 67
Views: 2720

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 ...
by michael scuffil
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr
Replies: 67
Views: 2720

Re: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr

Could all the victims, paid or otherwise, go to the police today and see their abusers successfully prosecuted? Or are the abusers in some sense exempt from prosecution because they were only teenagers at the time and weren't in a position of trust (and anyway everyone does silly things in their te...
by michael scuffil
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: W.P.C. Davies
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: W.P.C. Davies

There were 'hearties' and 'arties'. While WPC was on tour with the British Lions in South Africa, his stand-in as junior housemaster of ThB was David Herbert. You could hardly imagine two people more different. WPC was nice enough, but the artily inclined certainly preferred Sloppy Herbert, who prob...
by michael scuffil
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr
Replies: 67
Views: 2720

Re: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. By far the most widespread form of sexual abuse in the old days was perfectly legal and not recognized for what it was by most people, namely corporal punishment. And we know who the guilty ones were. While I can only put a name to three masters who were r...
by michael scuffil
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: W.P.C. Davies
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: W.P.C. Davies

Beaky Davies was certainly an excellent teacher and a very pleasant man, who left CH to become the headmaster of various prep schools in turn. One item about him while at CH was an occurrence during a Harlequins match, in about 1954, when somehow he lost his shorts. The Daily Mirror published a pic...
by michael scuffil
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 353
Views: 23616

Re: Politics

I cannot help but think that there is a desire amongst the political class to deliberately foul it up so that either we never actually leave or else run back, cap in hand, fully integrated. One can only hope so. But mainly I would like honesty. 'Frictionless trade' is not compatible with leaving th...
by michael scuffil
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 353
Views: 23616

Re: Politics

doublethink 'is the act of holding, simultaneously, two opposite, individually exclusive ideas or opinions and believing in both simultaneously and absolutely'. Mrs May is giving us a splendid example at the moment. You may think leaving the EU Customs Union and Mrs Thatcher's Single Market is a go...
by michael scuffil
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: W.P.C. Davies
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: W.P.C. Davies

He was just down from Cambridge, and in 1951/2 he taught us about DNA and the double helix. I think that this was the first time ever that it was taught in any school world wide! I have a report from him in 1951, written in green ink. Hardly in 1951/52 I think. The Crick/Watson article was only pub...
by michael scuffil
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: W.P.C. Davies
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: W.P.C. Davies

A good innings. He was my junior housemaster for about half my time at CH, though I was never taught by him. His Wikipedia entry doesn't mention CH, where he spent 6 years, maybe someone will find the time to edit the entry. Maybe I will...

He had a nice wife and a revolting bulldog.
by michael scuffil
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Lamb Photos
Topic: Lamb House Photos
Replies: 38
Views: 21629

Re: Lamb House Photos

The "X" in the back row next to Stewart is my brother Richard Wells (known as "Bodge" to the "Uncle" Kirby group). He left in 1952 to join the Merchant Navy (note the RMS plate on his left shoulder) after a course at the Outward Bound School so the photo is not 1953 . The "X" next to him is "Bunny"...
by michael scuffil
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: CH and flu
Replies: 8
Views: 417

Re: CH and flu

There was a severe outbreak in1957 - no vaccines then. I did not catch it and remember helping in the infirmary. Several houses were used for emergency beds. Can anyone shed any more information about this? My memory is poor. It was a bit like reading Camus's 'The Plague' -- every day, more people ...
by michael scuffil
Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Siegfried Sassoon & Dennis Silk
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: Siegfried Sassoon & Dennis Silk

Sassoon was 54 years older than Silk. Now, I have young friends, but I would find it strange to regard any of them as one of my closest friends (and I doubt they would reciprocate the honour).
by michael scuffil
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr
Replies: 67
Views: 2720

Re: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr

British sentencing is the harshest in Europe, and the prison population is by far the highest, which also helps to explain the overcrowding in British prisons. I think in Germany where I live these two would not have been given a custodial sentence, or at least it would have been suspended. But almo...
by michael scuffil
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Story of Old Blues in North America - BCOB Book Project
Replies: 30
Views: 656

Re: The Story of Old Blues in North America - BCOB Book Project

I remember five Americans at CH for a year, but only two names. Peter Flynn (1960-61) and Al Sharp (1961-62). Peter Flynn was altogther unAmerican, as we thought: very arty and unsporty (he became a judge). Al Sharp was the all-American boy. Some say he was sent as an antidote.
by michael scuffil
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Re: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?

Again, can't help you find him now. But he was Hall Warden at my first CH meal, tea on the day of arrival. That was Michaelmas 1955, so presumably he was not a 'new boy' then. I only encountered him personally as my master for non-classical-grecians' Latin (in a class which also included classical g...