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by LongGone
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sometimes I forget
Replies: 10
Views: 329

Re: Sometimes I forget

Horsham in the fifties allowed one bath a week, though showers after sports were common. Truth is, that was probably more than I got at home. The building I lived in had just one bath for four flats, in an unheated room, so not much incentive in the winter. I agree, I just accepted everything as nor...
by LongGone
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Vegetarians
Replies: 12
Views: 325

Re: Vegetarians

“I still dislike most meat but enjoy bacon for breakfast.” Ahhh, bacon: the gateway drug for vegans and vegetarians.
by LongGone
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Explanation of the 'Tube'
Replies: 47
Views: 6237

Re: Explanation of the 'Tube'

Tunnel running (crawling) was a lot of fun. I think we found all the accessible areas others have mentioned, plus there were a couple of storage rooms that were full of junk. As it happened, many years later I worked at The Rockefeller University in NYC, and it also had an extensive tunnel system an...
by LongGone
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 51
Views: 1716

Re: Attitudes to sports

As others have pointed out, in the 50s sports were elevated to an almost religious level. So, for people like me, it didn't work out so well. I was the classic 'weed': I couldn't run, had no coordination, was very weak and really disliked getting hit. So, it quickly became apparent that I was of no ...
by LongGone
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Academic jargon
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: Academic jargon

I would point out that ‘jargon’, academic or otherwise; is usually intended for internal use by a group that often use it either as shorthand for a complex concept or as a precise term. As such, jargon often becomes abused and misunderstood when used outside its intended area. As a geneticist I am a...
by LongGone
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Looking for....
Topic: David WICKS
Replies: 1
Views: 111

David WICKS

My brother-in-law is an avid ham radio user and wonders if David WICKS (born 1953) was at CH, and maybe active in signals. If anyone from the 64-71 era recognizes the name.
by LongGone
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Phone boxes
Replies: 27
Views: 1174

Re: Phone boxes

We have device that learns spam numbers and blocks them (including entire county and area codes)
by LongGone
Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Did anyone know?
Replies: 67
Views: 2719

Re: Did anyone know?

My view is almost identical to Michael's above. Our CH dates being very similar. There was only one master who ever raised a slight suspicion in my mind. His name hasn't appeared on these threads, so I won't elaborate. . Also in the same time period. I certainly was unaware of any 'goings on', but ...
by LongGone
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did monitors have any real use?
Replies: 41
Views: 1694

Re: Did monitors have any real use?

The fagging system is quite similar to the "prison bitch" system. Once you strip away all the pretentious layers of "culture" and "tradition", you realize there isn't much difference, it's all mindless and brutal protection rackets and petty psychological tricks. I was a swab for 5 terms and did it...
by LongGone
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did monitors have any real use?
Replies: 41
Views: 1694

Re: Did monitors have any real use?

Were there cases of senior boys who, for whatever reason, were never appointed as a monitor?
by LongGone
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Lovely grey day
Replies: 7
Views: 400

Re: Lovely grey day

Here in Connecticut we are in the second week of 85-95 degree days, over 10 inches of rain and a minor tornado. Heading to Vancouver Island for a couple of weeks to cool off though probably not dry off.
by LongGone
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Phone boxes
Replies: 27
Views: 1174

Re: Phone boxes

I don’t remember any phones. On the other hand no family had a phone at home, so it was no loss.
by LongGone
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Teaching staff
Replies: 22
Views: 1049

Re: Teaching staff

By heck, when I were a lad doing Maths A level with Ivor McConnell, there was an arrangement with Imperial College who allowed us computer time. We could write programs in something called Fortran 4 and put them onto punchcards using a small bodkin to push out perforated chads. The cards would go o...
by LongGone
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Mr Clippy
Replies: 16
Views: 981

Re: Mr Clippy

We suffered (Oh, how we suffered!) with attempts at home-made beer and wine; even distilled liquors. We had neither the money or opportunity to buy the real stuff. Probably my worst memory was a ginger-infused concoction that was the accompaniment to a wild mushroom and bird egg omelet, cooked in a ...
by LongGone
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: House structure
Replies: 56
Views: 2550

Re: House structure

This has probably been covered before but here we go. Talking to JR on Friday, he is a throwback to the old prep days whereas I was a pupil of the 70s. When I started boys usually joined at 11 and went through to 18. The first three years were spent at the junior end (11-14) and the rest of the tim...