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by rockfreak
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 133
Views: 14443

Re: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?

Remarkable article in today's papers in which the Archbishop of Canterbury (or the Rev Oilwelby as Private Eye calls him) admits to sometimes speaking in tongues when praying. This is something that Evangelicals claim to be able to do, although I'd always imagined that it was rather unusual and that...
by rockfreak
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Coleridge Photos
Topic: Col A - is this 1960?
Replies: 12
Views: 2177

Re: Col A - is this 1960?

After all this time it's interesting to try and put names to faces but I think I can still name the Grecians row plus a few others, even though I was in Col B. Back row, third from right, is our old friend Banker Brown, already dreaming of the opportunities for currency speculators if only someone m...
by rockfreak
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 52
Views: 3159

Re: Vikki Askew

Interesting point here about the demise of pop music between rock 'n' roll and the onset of the Beatles, et al. Michael mentioned Cliff Richard's 'Move It' as being his only decent one. Yes, and in about 1980 I asked him about it. I was working for the music industry paper Record Business and our ed...
by rockfreak
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 52
Views: 3159

Re: Vikki Askew

In reply to ZerodeConduite, firstly I agree with your memories of Van Praagh. He always struck me as being a bit more progressive than many of the teachers in the 50s. There was one hilarious time when we were in the lecture theatre watching VP's slides of his travels in Sarawak. Suddenly one flashe...
by rockfreak
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 52
Views: 3159

Re: Vikki Askew

Yes, an interesting point Michael. Is it not true (and I only submit this due to the views of a friend from Germany) that the private schools in Germany are not necessarily better in educational standards than the rest but because the parents are, for example, strict Catholics who want their childre...
by rockfreak
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 52
Views: 3159

Re: Vikki Askew

Firstly, apologies to Golfer. I probably did go over the top in the circumstances. But I do still stick to my original points. The system is unfair. Avon says that my points are selective. Which ones and in what way?
by rockfreak
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 52
Views: 3159

Re: Vikki Askew

If the state sector is failing it's because it's underfunded and because it has, by definition, to take in the most difficult youngsters and cannot exclude. them. The immensely snooty private sector (including Christ's Hospital) doesn't have to take in the very bottom layer of society and can in any...
by rockfreak
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Looking for....
Topic: Joe Horwood
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Joe Horwood

I can't give you an update on Horwood but I remember him from Col B in the 1950s. He was one of those superior, sarcastic, monitors who had little time for us younger boys and who typified the snotty, hierarchical system at the time. I've said some adverse things about Fryer on this site but in fair...
by rockfreak
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 52
Views: 3159

Re: Vikki Askew

If this sainted woman wanted to do something useful, why didn't she take her much-touted academic talents into the state system like Michael Marland (an Old Blue) did in the 1960s?
by rockfreak
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:41 pm
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: 45
Views: 4278

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

Watching music videos on You Tube I've just stumbled across an interesting video called "How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins". This claims that recent experiments by neural scientists have shown that when you play an instrument (and I imagine this means at any level) firewo...
by rockfreak
Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 439
Views: 39823

Re: Politics

Yes, Fintan O'Toole who writes for the Irish Independent and sometimes for the Guardian and Observer is making some pertinent comments on these lines. Sadly, the animosity between Britain and Ireland was just starting to settle into the mists of history (why, our rugby team even went back to play at...
by rockfreak
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 439
Views: 39823

Re: Politics

UKIP (lately transformed into the Tommy Robinson Appreciation Society) and other Europhobes are crying foul about the idea of a second referendum. But suppose that Harold Macmillan's "events, dear boy" overtake us? Foreign investment is already drying up because of uncertainty with regard to Brexit....
by rockfreak
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 439
Views: 39823

Re: Politics

Hell's Bells! I never thought to find myself in agreement with Avon. The appearance of the hard-faced, tight-lipped, Protestant bigots of the DUP leadership at the last election was like stumbling through the Amazon rainforest and coming across a primitive tribe that everyone thought was extinct. A ...
by rockfreak
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The band leading the People’s Procession at the Cenotaph tomorrow
Replies: 16
Views: 1434

Re: The band leading the People’s Procession at the Cenotaph tomorrow

John, perhaps we should adjourn to the Politics site at this point, but briefly: what we know so far of Corbyn's ideas are that he wants to increase the corporation tax back up to about 25% (Germany's is 30%), he wants the rich to pay more tax by one means or another (there is considerable support f...
by rockfreak
Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The band leading the People’s Procession at the Cenotaph tomorrow
Replies: 16
Views: 1434

Re: The band leading the People’s Procession at the Cenotaph tomorrow

Hello Brian. Thank you for your generous acceptance of some of my points. It seems that broadcasting differs from one country to another. I would absolutely agree that so many of the Asian and Commonwealth soldiers who fought on our side in the two world wars have been forgotten by many in this coun...