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by Straz
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Ghost stories etc?
Replies: 12
Views: 1061

Re: Ghost stories etc?

Thanks for these posts...
So I was right! Peele A was in two parishes at one stage.
For a moment there I thought I was going off my bocker...
What a relief to discover that CH is now firmly in the Horsham parish.
by Straz
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Re: Three-day week 1973/74
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: Three-day week 1973/74

My wife is reading a book about the political and social upheavals of the 1970s. A gripping read, she's just got up to the three-day week. I clearly remember electricity cuts at home during holidays or half-term in early 1974 due to the three-day week, but I can't remember what the effect of the cut...
by Straz
Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: "Endeavour"
Replies: 23
Views: 1883

Re: "Endeavour"

Camp Coffee? Many years ago my dad told me a tale about the stuff. Our hall at home was undergoing redecoration in the mid-1960s. My mum decided she wanted a particular shade of magnolia for the woodwork, but, after many attempts with different paints, my dad couldn't find a colour that my mum was h...
by Straz
Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Food at CH
Replies: 13
Views: 1114

Re: Food at CH

I have a vague recollection that food quality improved for a term in the early-1970s under a new Catering Supervisor. I even recall that we applauded the supervisor and the catering team for the Christmas lunch that year. However the next term the food quality plummeted to an all-time low. That's be...
by Straz
Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: "Endeavour"
Replies: 23
Views: 1883

Re: "Endeavour"

I believe the spelling is 'kif or 'kief'. I am reliably informed that this is the North African word for cannabis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kif So, sorry, but I think the CH slang connection is unlikely. It was a great 'Endeavour' episode', btw. They clearly had a lot of fun, particularly with ...
by Straz
Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: celebrity culture
Replies: 20
Views: 1343

Re: celebrity culture

A small point.
MM - or Melody Maker - is actually no more.
Its last issue was in December 2000, 74 years after the first issue was launched in 1926.
by Straz
Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:33 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Where does the word "Toyce" come from?
Replies: 68
Views: 6456

Re: Where does the word "Toyce" come from?

jhopgood wrote:I can't believe that you mention Brian Augur without Julie Driscoll.
Ah, I'm talking about Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - the prog jazz-rock outfit he formed after the Trinity...
by Straz
Fri Dec 23, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Where does the word "Toyce" come from?
Replies: 68
Views: 6456

Re: Where does the word "Toyce" come from?

I find it difficult to envisage precisely what purpose they served and what they looked like. David :shock: It's been many years since I've seen one but as I said earlier in this thread, a toyce was essentially a large, legless desk that hinged off the dayroom's wall. As you progressed through a se...
by Straz
Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:20 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Where does the word "Toyce" come from?
Replies: 68
Views: 6456

Re: Where does the word "Toyce" come from?

Glad we've got back on topic here. My understanding - and certainly a tale circulating at CH during the late 1960s/early 70s - was that toyces were designed for CH dayrooms by Barnes Wallis, based on the 'swing wing' principle. I'm unclear how true that is, but it's possible. According to Wikipedia,...
by Straz
Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Ghost stories etc?
Replies: 12
Views: 1061

Re: Ghost stories etc?

I've got a vague memory that Peele A was half in one parish and half in another. Rumour had it that years ago some poor unfortunate wretch had become stuck between the two parishes when the new boundaries were drawn up and had died. Consequently his spirit was forever roaming the Peele A dormitories...
by Straz
Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:01 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 6686

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

Sorry to take us on to a different thread. Kit Aitken did teach Latin while I was at CH, along with other subjects. Possibly he taught Latin to younger forms. Re: "Rough copy. Fair copy." I call it a mantra. It's what Kit would always utter repeatedly, as we were doing Latin translations during his ...
by Straz
Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 6686

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

Slightly off thread here, but I do recall Kit Aitken's mantra of 'Rough Copy', 'Fair Copy', uttered many, many times during his Latin lessons. Oh, and that William James quotation that he loved so much: 'Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver...' Having delivered it, Kit would always say,...
by Straz
Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 6686

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

I was taught French by Roger Biddick for a year or so during the early 1970s. As others have mentioned here, he couldn't keep discipline. Consequently his lessons were often chaotic, occasionally verging on near-riots. The further you sat towards the back of his classes, the more you could indulge i...
by Straz
Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:39 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: When You Left CH, Did You Cease to Have Access to the Musical Instrument You'd Learned How to Play?
Replies: 13
Views: 1084

Re: When You Left CH, Did You Cease to Have Access to the Musical Instrument You'd Learned How to Play?

I was very lucky... and I owe a lot to Malcolm McKelvey. I'd learnt classical piano for a year or so before CH, plus flute. I wasn't that good to be honest, but stuck with it, even though I found classical music extremely hard work. It just didn't appeal to me, although I knew I had some affinity wi...
by Straz
Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:23 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Roger Wilson RIP
Replies: 6
Views: 867

Re: Roger Wilson RIP

Thanks Jo.
Much appreciated.