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by rockfreak
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 45
Views: 2800

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: 45
Views: 2800

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: 45
Views: 2800

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: 489

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: 45
Views: 2800

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: 4246

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: 39507

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: 39507

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: 39507

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: 1424

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: 1424

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...
by rockfreak
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The band leading the People’s Procession at the Cenotaph tomorrow
Replies: 16
Views: 1424

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

Brian Walling objected to "inconsequential chit chat" about the origins of the first world war by a group of celebrities. As far as I remember they were actually rather well informed about the war. One or more, if I remember, were historians. I thought they were rather informative; they certainly ex...
by rockfreak
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Matrons
Replies: 21
Views: 1122

Re: Matrons

I think a grasp of child psychology probably helped. And a good dose of common sense. Mrs Riches was our matron in Coleridge. I don't know what qualifications she had but she always seemed to me to have a relaxed and pragmatic way of dealing with our various little problems. Her son Graham was in on...
by rockfreak
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What Steve Hilton is doing these days
Replies: 23
Views: 1610

Re: What Steve Hilton is doing these days

Would someone like to offer some odds on Hilto's next career move? "Strictly", "Bake Off" or "Love Island"? Or maybe "Naked Attraction"?
by rockfreak
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.
Replies: 23
Views: 1803

Re: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.

We in the Coleridge houses in the 1950s always knew when the illustrious BW had turned up to visit because he would be standing there at lunch parade chatting with Clarence on the HM's front lawn. But the rest of them knew it only when the band struck up the Dambusters march. He must have got terrib...