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by MrEd
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: New deputy head
Replies: 10
Views: 532

Re: New deputy head

To the best of my knowledge the denomination of the School has always been Church of England as that is the historic Church of the Chaplains. Just curious to know what the School did, if anything, regarding 'denomination' during the reign of bl**dy Mary, half-sister of and successor* to Edward VI, ...
by MrEd
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 51
Views: 1674

Re: Attitudes to sports

My original comment was that Karim had transformed girls sport at CH. I think that the gist of the response might be that such a comment is like saying of Ronnie Biggs ' He is used to handling large quantities of cash. ', context is everything and one might have a reasonable expectation of such a d...
by MrEd
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 51
Views: 1674

Re: Attitudes to sports

Sport: late 1970s to mid-1980s. In the context of being (like many sleeping on horsehair mattresses, a great benefit I received in that place) asthmatic, and often on pass for runs, and wholly unsporty generally, there was the School's lunatic obsession with rugby. I missed the basic training as a S...
by MrEd
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: staff accommodation
Replies: 40
Views: 1198

Re: staff accommodation

On the tax rules front, I'm not an expert, albeit briefly an Inland Revenue Officer (refunds, I am proud to say), if there is accommodation that is 'essential' for an aspect of the job, then it is not regarded as a taxable benefit. E.g. a pub landlord living 'above the shop', some farm workers, vica...
by MrEd
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH and the Armed Services
Replies: 50
Views: 5839

Re: CH and the Armed Services

For those at Horsham in the 1970/80s, 'Chief' who ran the CCF Navy section and took drill might well have had an interesting career. He was salt of the Earth, perfect for putting the right amount of fear into us, but was a wonderful man. I recall him tearing a strip of us Navy cadets for some sloppy...
by MrEd
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Phone boxes
Replies: 27
Views: 1155

Re: Phone boxes

Re phone scammers, the last one I got on my mobile, a lad with a Mancunian accent, I strung him along as I had nothing better to do walking to the shops, and I thought of his phone bill and wasted time as he told me about my phantom accident. Should I get such a call on my landline, I fully intend t...
by MrEd
Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Data Protection Act
Replies: 11
Views: 391

Re: Data Protection Act

I think our legal eagles will agree that the Companies Act 1948 was a model of competent writing (OK there is just one clause in Table A which is a bit uncertain) so why in tarnation cannot Parliament write laws which are complete and unambiguous and allow for sensible actions? Parliament doesn't r...
by MrEd
Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Looking for....
Topic: Old Blue Scientists???
Replies: 10
Views: 1754

Re: Old Blue Scientists???

Michael Seakins PA1945-54 was a scientist. When I last heard of him he was living in Barbados. He did researh in physical chemistry, and was senior lecturer in Univesity of West Indies. He was scathing about some of my results in medical research; he had not appreciated the wide variability of biol...
by MrEd
Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Looking for....
Topic: Roger Martin [STILL LOOKING...]
Replies: 13
Views: 5247

Re: Roger Martin [STILL LOOKING...]

Perhaps this thread should be locked in the light of current issues.

I was taught French by RM in my second form in 1978, the text book that I had had his name in it as a pupil.
by MrEd
Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Leigh Hunt Photos
Topic: Leigh Hunt House Photos...
Replies: 50
Views: 21761

Re: Leigh Hunt House Photos...

Miss Haigh was an excellent matron, I cannot speak highly enough of her. As a squit, it was thrice-weekly inspections. She alternated with a younger matron whose name escapes me but who I think is in the picture for LHB 1985/86, she was great too. I recall that she did complain slightly to us about ...
by MrEd
Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: CH and flu
Replies: 32
Views: 2561

Re: CH and flu

I recall, probably 1981/1982, that there was a severe outbreak of illness at CH and the top floor of the Sicker was used and it was rumoured to be at the point of overflowing. The outbreak came just after an unusual change in the food, some round pies with minced beef (horse?) and a flaky pastry whi...
by MrEd
Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Phone boxes
Replies: 27
Views: 1155

Re: Phone boxes

There was a phone box at the back of Leigh Hunt A, with a queue in the evenings of boys clutching 2p and 10p pieces to phone home. It had a few of the glass panes broken (no sharp bits left mind) however, this did not render it entirely safe. One half-term someone in Leigh Hunt B went to France and ...
by MrEd
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Expelled
Replies: 152
Views: 12794

Re: Expelled

in much the same way that the ignorant and the mentally challenged insist on calling their local supermarket Tesco's It is rare that I rise to such bait, but first of all, people calling their local supermarket 'Tesco's' probably do so verbally, so the apostrophe is not spoken but inferred, and sec...
by MrEd
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Which prison?
Replies: 13
Views: 1050

Re: Which prison?

Anyone know where "nonce" comes from?
It's not very clear is it, but it is clear where they went to teach.
by MrEd
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Letter to the Head Master
Replies: 182
Views: 8191

Re: Letter to the Head Master

It was Mr Polkey, a van driver made redundant 'on the spot', and his case established (from 1987, not in Mr Webb's time), that if an employee was dismissed, the inevitability of the dismissal can affect the value of the compensation, not the fairness of the dismissal, so had an abuser been fired on ...