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by michael scuffil
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Coleridge: the bones
Replies: 2
Views: 107

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: 46
Views: 1645

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: 1280

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: 46
Views: 1645

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: 58
Views: 4106

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: 58
Views: 4106

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: 58
Views: 4106

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: 4521

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: 4521

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: 294

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: 4083

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: 83
Views: 4083

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: 482

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: 83
Views: 4083

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: 482

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...