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by alterblau
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 134
Views: 6045

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

I apologise unreservedly to Rockfreak for my error in wrongly ascribing the quotation and have made an appropriate changes. But I believe the other points I made remain valid and I agree with almost all of Rockfreaks’ subsequent observations. Two additional trite, but relevant, comments are: - boys ...
by alterblau
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 134
Views: 6045

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

It is sad, but crucially important, to read Bakunin‘s above post most carefully. Much of value can be gleaned that could be applied to support others in a comparable situation. Certainly more perceptive and sympathetic masters could have alleviated some of his unhappiness. But a vital question is im...
by alterblau
Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.
Replies: 22
Views: 1304

Re: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.

As for the Pub Quiz question the following comment by Katherine reinforces a suspicion that I have concerning the nakedness of Mercury. Is that the reason for the difference? “As to your pub quiz question, are girls nowadays still protected from such obscene (!) sights? Are the current plates identi...
by alterblau
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library
Replies: 17
Views: 1988

Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library

So many things at CH have changed since the 50s and 60s. I recollect a few books in the Library were very much read (or more precisely specific pages consulted, in situ ). They were opened very often at one particular page. So on looking at the unopened book one could see relevant page(s) from dirt ...
by alterblau
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Scholarships to CH -- and beyond
Replies: 6
Views: 843

Re: Scholarships to CH -- and beyond

The West Gifts scholarships were for pupils from Reading, Newbury (about a dozen boys from each town) and a few from Twickenham. They were the bequest of John West and his wife Frances. Any of their relations who applied for West’s scholarships were given preference over other candidates. One such w...
by alterblau
Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH, Assisted Boarders and the TES
Replies: 10
Views: 1684

Re: CH, Assisted Boarders and the TES

I believe the FF % has been reduced from 26% to about 20%. But, apart from future planned percentages, there are other crucial questions.

Have sufficient donations arrived to cover the resulting increase in costs, are some economies underway, and/or is there a current increased running deficit?
by alterblau
Mon May 29, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Michael Cherniavsky
Replies: 82
Views: 15397

Re: Michael Cherniavsky

Whatever the Canadian practice, elsewhere there have been university teachers of science without a PhD, but very few. One such was Mr Carl Collie a senior lecturer at Oxford who retired in 1971. (He spent two years in the University of Peshawar, Pakistan, where we was called a visiting professor, bu...
by alterblau
Wed May 10, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Threads being moved
Replies: 19
Views: 2680

Re: Threads being moved

Keep up the good work. You're a great advert for a CH (male) education.
by alterblau
Tue May 09, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Threads being moved
Replies: 19
Views: 2680

Re: Threads being moved

Bingo! Congratulations eucsgmrc. Perhaps you too were taught by The Oil, or more likely you are simply bright.
by alterblau
Tue May 09, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Threads being moved
Replies: 19
Views: 2680

Re: Threads being moved

The circumflex has been dealt with well. Now what about the same sign ( ^ ) when it is placed under the line of letters, meaning that something written above the line must be inserted? What is this sign called and why? (I learned this from The Oil in a Latin class, so I suppose there is some vague r...
by alterblau
Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: A recent book (partly) about CH
Replies: 2
Views: 772

A recent book (partly) about CH

I have discovered a biography published last month of an “unknown” OB, LH Gray (1905-65). It contains 4 chaps with plenty about CH, Horsham in the 1920s (out of 14 chaps). The book is expensive (£53), so it seems better to ask your local library to get it, rather than buy it, if you’re interested. S...
by alterblau
Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:07 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Memorable Sermons
Replies: 30
Views: 5005

Re: Memorable Sermons

Apart from any intrinsic humour in the story of the Valley of the Dry Bones, I suspect that the reason for the general hilarity, whether it was read in evening House Duty or in Chapel, was the fact that in the early 1950s there was an African-American pop song (using today’s parlance), Dem Dry Bones...
by alterblau
Tue May 10, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Art School
Replies: 12
Views: 1659

Re: The Art School

In response to Angela - While at school I recollect a portrait of Nell Todd, by Benedict. It was superb, just like his other work I saw in the Art School. Whether he still paints females, or not, I don’t know.
by alterblau
Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:32 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What Keith Douglas got up to at CH
Replies: 66
Views: 4607

Re: What Keith Douglas got up to at CH

They certainly did, for I presume there was some sort of absolute standard which if attained (whether for entry to Oxbridge or somewhere else) resulted in the awarding of buttons. Frequent examples of this were for those going to the London Medical Schools. Some, not going on to Universities, were a...
by alterblau
Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What Keith Douglas got up to at CH
Replies: 66
Views: 4607

Re: What Keith Douglas got up to at CH

I have been trying to get access to the School Monitor pictures for some time, without success. Some are picturesque (eg the nineteenth century ones in which some School Monitors have moustaches of varying sizes and shapes). At least now I know who to blame for their disappearance – Seaman!