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by rockfreak
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal
Replies: 48
Views: 1735

Re: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal

Richard Dawkins once recollected that when at his boarding school a master slyly slid his hand up his shorts. Dawkins commented that he hadn't been madly emotionally scarred by this and brushed it off as being part of life's rich (boarding school) pattern. This incurred anger among other commentator...
by rockfreak
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal
Replies: 48
Views: 1735

Re: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal

Corporal punishment may have been par for the course at that time but I agree with Michael Scuffil that some housemasters seemed to take a vicarious pleasure in laying it on while others hardly beat at all. I date from an age when many people in authority seemed to subscribe to the Christian doctri...
by rockfreak
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Ajaz Karim found guilty
Replies: 36
Views: 743

Re: Ajaz Karim found guilty

I feel insulted that in all my time on the site I haven't been censored. I'm obviously not trying hard enough. "Could do better" as my reports used to say.
by rockfreak
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Ajaz Karim found guilty
Replies: 36
Views: 743

Re: Ajaz Karim found guilty

I'm the father of three daughters as well. They all went to the local comprehensive and were pretty streetwise. I believe that if anything like this had happened to them my wife and I would have heard about it pretty quickly. From them. This is one of the reasons why I believe boarding schools shoul...
by rockfreak
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 60
Views: 4183

Re: Reading to the dormitory

Nick Duffell's theory in his second book Wounded Leaders, and one that I can understand, is that the type of person produced by the boarding schools has dominated our national psyche for two hundred years. I read a comment from a woman in a national tabloid who said that she thought David Cameron wa...
by rockfreak
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Ajaz Karim found guilty
Replies: 36
Views: 743

Re: Ajaz Karim found guilty

I can understand where Spoony's coming from. Are we going a bit over the top with the sentencing hopes of ten years and the like? The evening news has just announced sixteen years given to a bloke who threw acid over two people and gave them life-changing injuries. I wouldn't demur from the latter s...
by rockfreak
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 60
Views: 4183

Re: Reading to the dormitory

Keibat, this is exactly what Nick Duffell is saying in his books on "boarding school survivor syndrome" and the way that our class system has encouraged chauvinism and snobbery, at a time when this sort of nonsense has been largely consigned to history in other western European states. He believes t...
by rockfreak
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal
Replies: 48
Views: 1735

Re: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal

Corporal punishment may have been par for the course at that time but I agree with Michael Scuffil that some housemasters seemed to take a vicarious pleasure in laying it on while others hardly beat at all. I date from an age when many people in authority seemed to subscribe to the Christian doctrin...
by rockfreak
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 60
Views: 4183

Re: Reading to the dormitory

Ha Ha! No, there it is! Shagging in all its glory! There's hope yet.
by rockfreak
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 60
Views: 4183

Re: Reading to the dormitory

I think I can assure Keibat that Shagging about covered it for the working classes and many of the middle. Much like today in fact. Now, only when I submit this entry will I find out whether the designers of this site have starred it out.
by rockfreak
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 60
Views: 4183

Re: Reading to the dormitory

Michael, as Keibat says, I do think you're in danger of shooting the messenger in order to kill the message. In the thirties - that low, dishonest decade (as I think Auden? described it) - both capitalism and democracy seemed to have collapsed and some otherwise intelligent people joined extreme mov...
by rockfreak
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 60
Views: 4183

Re: Reading to the dormitory

As I remember, the two Joneses in Prep A were always known as Jonah Senior and Jonah Junior (although neither eaten by whales). As to Lady Chatterley, Michael, I've always believed that the jury in that trial correctly saw that this was a book about class rather than sex. Clifford Chatterley is the ...
by rockfreak
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Tom Lawson: the interview
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: Tom Lawson: the interview

To be heretical, I'm amazed that anyone learns anything* at a co-ed school. Pretty boys were time-wasting enough, but (a) such liaisons were, shall we say, dangéreuses, and (b) they weren't in the same classroom. *what you do learn, of course, is how to relate to the opposite sex, which many of us ...
by rockfreak
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Tom Lawson: the interview
Replies: 9
Views: 298

Re: Tom Lawson: the interview

Full marks to him for having turned down politics or journalism after having got a PPE degree at Oxford. Oxford's PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) is so useless as to be positively lethal. Look at who got one. David Cameron got a double first in the Economics bit and Nigel Lawson also passed...
by rockfreak
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 60
Views: 4183

Re: Reading to the dormitory

I remember The Cruel Sea, which John Page approved of because it was the 'Cadet' edition. As soon as he had gone, the non-cadet edition was substituted, which contained some pretty juicy passages. On another occasion, we chose Duncan Webb's memoirs. Duncan Webb was a crime reporter on the 'People' ...