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by Chris T
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Should there be a separate sub-forum for the “historic abuse” threads?
Replies: 14
Views: 612

Re: Should there be a separate sub-forum for the “historic abuse” threads?

Some of the learned attitudes were unnecessarily harsh. We even sat in seniority order for meals - not just clumping year groups together but sitting in age order (and later seniority order based on "black aprons"). A trivial point but indicative of the supremacy of hierarchy in the mind of DR. At ...
by Chris T
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Underachieving at CH
Replies: 20
Views: 1249

Re: Underachieving at CH

I too am an under achiever, both by CH and my own standards. BUT I have been happily married for over a half century with three successful and happy children who have produced four great grandchildren. My work is respectable and has been mainly satisfying. While far from wealthy now I can do most of...
by Chris T
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Loony nonsense at English boarding schools
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: Loony nonsense at English boarding schools

When at Housey I was lucky enough never to be punished by being “off jam,” although I was beaten twice by my senior housemaster. Rockfreak's piece on Donald Maclean was fascinating (and the lowdown on the Gresham’s School even more so). However I doubt it if Maclean’s school was so direct a cause as...
by Chris T
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.
Replies: 22
Views: 1211

Re: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.

Great film, which I had not seen before. Thanks.

Two of the three “interesting young chaps” are William(?) SHREEVES (BaA) at 4 min 17 sec, standing on the right of someone I recognise, but whose name I’ve forgotten and at about 7 min there’s curly haired Martin(?) TWITCHIN (MaA).
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: 16
Views: 2524

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: 1317

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: 37
Views: 4386

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: 2473

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: 3176

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: 1600

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: 798

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: 2309

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: 74
Views: 5832

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: 1366

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...