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by Chris T
Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did You Learn to Swear at CH? And Do You Still Eff It Today?
Replies: 15
Views: 664

Re: Did You Learn to Swear at CH? And Do You Still Eff It Today?

Considering the mention of “Damn,” and in contrast to Tucker’s Law, I recollect one swearer of the 50s (history Grecian and Cambridge scholar) whose favourite expression, usually to juniors, was “Damn your eyesight”.
by Chris T
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Visiting the Tower in uniform
Replies: 7
Views: 619

Re: Visiting the Tower in uniform

I have no idea if such escorted tours of the Tower of London still exist for CH pupils in uniform. My only knowledge of visits in Housey dress to the Tower is that allegedly no entry fee was required. Is this true? Was it ever true? I don’t know, for my home was not in London, so I was never able to...
by Chris T
Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 19
Views: 1401

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

It’s a very big task to collect information on so many. I’d be interested to read the results, but rather anecdotes than bare facts. Even so, encouraged by Post War Blue here’s a contribution. Mr Matthews - (I don’t know his first name) Non Oxbridge graduate. Chain smoker with much stained fingers. ...
by Chris T
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Does this bring back memories?
Replies: 28
Views: 1756

Re: Does this bring back memories?

I lived in the USA for some years in a middle class residential area. There were two designated days a year called 'Spring Clean-Up' and 'Fall Clean-Up' when anything could be left outside to be picked up by the garbage collectors, who used a large open truck for the purpose. This was especially use...
by Chris T
Sat May 02, 2015 7:45 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: General Election: Old Blue candidates
Replies: 29
Views: 2392

Re: General Election: Old Blue candidates

It could be much worse. In 1940, after the start of World War 2, Anselm Capell (at CH in the early 1920s, house unknown to me) stood in a LCC election as a member of the British Union of Fascists (and hence supporter of Hitler).
by Chris T
Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Art School
Replies: 12
Views: 1159

Re: The Art School

A selection of Benedict Rubbra’s works (mainly portraits of the great and the good) can be seen at http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings ... deshow#/11
by Chris T
Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Saluting of Masters
Replies: 2
Views: 584

Re: Saluting of Masters

Saluting was not only to greet masters, but also their wives. It continued up to the very early 1950s, when it seemed to die a natural death. In Horsham a favourite way of avoiding the necessity of saluting was to look intently into a shop window, when first noticing the approach of a person who had...
by Chris T
Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Arthur Rider
Replies: 17
Views: 1685

Re: Arthur Rider

I believe Arthur Rider had an excellent French accent (from where?). This was in great contrast to Windy McCracken, an Australian graduate of Melbourne University, who was junior housemaster in Barnes B and taught French and Divinity, to lower forms. His accent was so appalling that even his Lower F...
by Chris T
Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:18 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 36
Views: 2961

Re: Reading to the dormitory

Can I suggest that the Moderator combines a previous thread ( "Reading to the House" started on 12 Oct 2013) with this one? Chris T
by Chris T
Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Leaving Bibles
Replies: 10
Views: 1083

Re: Leaving Bibles

In my days (1950s) at Horsham every leaver was given a Bible. All monitors were also given the choice of a Concordance or a Prayer Book, whether they were Anglican or not. Once, in an interview on a BBC radio programme Baroness Deech, OB, was asked about her time at CH and leaving it, etc. She menti...
by Chris T
Wed May 21, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Senior Grecians
Replies: 19
Views: 4206

Re: Senior Grecians

Here are some partial additions. Others can possibly complete them.

Morrison, 48/9 MidA
Dennis RM Silk, MaA (Headmaster of Radley School)
Peter R Birkett, LaA
Mackenzie, ThB (Captain of Swimming at CH)
Alan S Everest, 55/6 MidB
Peter Attenborough, 56/7 MaB (Headmaster of Charterhouse School)
by Chris T
Wed May 21, 2014 4:46 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Grecian's Play
Replies: 50
Views: 6587

Re: Grecian's Play

Excuse the (temporary?) diversion, but what's a Wessex Ranger?
by Chris T
Wed May 21, 2014 4:34 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Pranks in Chapel
Replies: 21
Views: 4032

Re: Pranks in Chapel

Thanks very much, dsmg. I'm greatly relieved.

I trust that all readers will please forgive my error. Sorry. Chris T
by Chris T
Tue May 20, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Pranks in Chapel
Replies: 21
Views: 4032

Re: Pranks in Chapel

This is a non-Chapel prank, but it merits mention, even if only to condemn it for its crassness. By chance I came across a recording on You Tube (at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-6CAfxwHlQ ) called “christ hospital school prank” [sic], which recounts a fictitious phone call to CH allegedly from ...
by Chris T
Wed May 14, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Bullying & Abuse - Take II
Replies: 132
Views: 18803

Re: Bullying & Abuse - Take II

To sum up the two valuable comments from Rockfreak and Sejintenej, BOTH ARE CORRECT AND NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. Of course poverty causes bad (social) things, but the culture of a community/nation is at least equally (and frequently more) important. Two examples make my case: (1) In Britain during th...