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by rockfreak
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Revamping of Christ Church Newgate St
Replies: 6
Views: 904

Re: Revamping of Christ Church Newgate St

What odds on the whole site ending up as flats for Russian oligarchs?
by rockfreak
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH in Art
Replies: 10
Views: 340

Re: CH in Art

Michael, I can think of one headmaster of my acquaintance who wouldn't have been so relaxed about sacrilegious comments in the Bible. How times have moved on in half a century. When we were at CH religion and the royal family were pretty much off limits. I do wonder how much those radio phone-ins (N...
by rockfreak
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 341
Views: 20606

Re: Politics

Yesterday's (Saturday's) Justice for Palestine march in London was at the larger end of these sort of events, by my estimation. Yet not a whisper on the evening news bulletins of BBC, ITV or Channel 4. I do sometimes wonder whether I'm living in a democracy or whether the government has control of t...
by rockfreak
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH in Art
Replies: 10
Views: 340

Re: CH in Art

I was at CH at the same time as Ben Rubbra and Conrad Clark and often wondered what they went on to do. The pictures of Lambert on the link are interesting, and I note his son Kit there in tandem with Chris Stamp. I met the pair of them while working on the music press in the sixties. They managed t...
by rockfreak
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH in Art
Replies: 10
Views: 340

CH in Art

Checking out the website for the "Impressionists in London" exhibition which has just opened at Tate Britain, I note that it includes a painting by James Tissot called "London Visitors" which depicts some important looking members of the bourgeoisie plus a couple of Housey boys. Do CH pupils crop up...
by rockfreak
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH San
Replies: 17
Views: 500

Re: CH San

We had a very similar experience Michael. Dad was away in the war, Mum and I (aged 1) were in digs in Palmers Green, North London in 1944. A doodlebug cut out overhead and as they heard the whine as it descended the woman downstairs shouted up, "I think this is it!" My mother, like yours, dived unde...
by rockfreak
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: History of the Band
Replies: 3
Views: 565

Re: History of the Band

Looking at some Beating the Retreat footage on You Tube I noted the band playing the march that was the Monty Python theme tune. Did this ever get played at lunchtime and if so how many people got punished for going into a John Cleese silly walk?
by rockfreak
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library
Replies: 17
Views: 593

Re: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library

Certainly NOT in the CH library at the time, as THAT court case was in progress, but someone, somehow managed to get a copy of 'Lady Chatterly's Lover' into school. Now that WAS an eye opener at such a tender age !! Attitudes to sex were changing at precisely this time. As the unfortunate Philip La...
by rockfreak
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 132
Views: 9170

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

Ho ho! An evangelical from York has replied in the Guardian to my letter. He says that if Eurovision featured the tuneful songs of his local congregation we might win the competition one year. Well done sir, for a pithy and humorous response. Several members of my family were religious as well as my...
by rockfreak
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 132
Views: 9170

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

Freaky's latest letter to the Guardian, 9 September, under the heading "Whether or not to disestablish the C of E". I run it out here in full because it touches on points already made in this thread. I was replying to Giles Fraser in his Guardian column "Loose Canon". It was interesting because Fras...
by rockfreak
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 341
Views: 20606

Re: Politics

Contrary to Avon's mutterings, 74 is the perfect age to be sending letters to the Guardian, as Freaky proves today (30th) with his latest missive which goes under the heading "Economic recovery depends on spending". This may seem a pretty obvious point but the question is "whose spending"? Writing i...
by rockfreak
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Roy Salisbury
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Re: Roy Salisbury

I remember the name, but that's all. I don't remember any medicals in London. I do remember the address 26 Great Tower Street, I remember where I sat for the Almoner's exam - who sat opposite me and who sat at the end of the table, but I don't remember any medicals. I do remember a medical my first...
by rockfreak
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Happy Birthday Freaky !!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: Happy Birthday Freaky !!!!

Give some examples of my broken brained letters and I'll try and engage. Thanks for the good wishes JR. Your old mates in the Bill came to our rescue two weeks ago, My middle daughter was getting married to her long-time girlfriend. She and two bridesmaids were staying overnight at an apartment on t...
by rockfreak
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sharks
Replies: 14
Views: 720

Re: Sharks

I'm not suggesting the painting actually frightened anyone (at least pre-Jaws) but it still seemed to me typical of a certain lack of joie de vivre which existed at the time (the 1950s), particularly in the boarding schools. I suppose that the work was typical of the age of romantic painting and poe...
by rockfreak
Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sharks
Replies: 14
Views: 720

Sharks

Today's Guardian Review, which on a Saturday features books, gave me a nasty dose of deja vu when two recent books about sharks were reviewed and up popped a familiar picture. Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley, a disturbing vision of an ethereal looking naked blond man floating in the br...