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by Phil
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 51
Views: 2190

Re: Attitudes to sports

Here are some additional memories of the eastern half of The Avenue during the late 40s and early 50s. In swimming Reynolds (MidB?) then held the record of 13.2 sec for one length (how many yards/metres?) of the old swimming baths (located not far from the station in former cowsheds and next to the ...
by Phil
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: REV PULLIN & THE OLD BLUE
Replies: 22
Views: 2804

Re: REV PULLIN & THE OLD BLUE

After the Rev LF Whitfield’s C of E theological studies he became a member of a pacifist group. When he realised this group was a communist front, he became an Australian Army chaplain and chose to serve with a Commando Unit in New Guinea. He inherited the nickname ‘Windy’ from his predecessor Ba B ...
by Phil
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 134
Views: 6300

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

Some OB readers don’t have easy access to UK newspapers and other such media. So, for those not at CH in the days of those on trial, significant statements such as, ... after reading the statements from the former leadership troika during Karim's trial (mostly Dickie P, though Liz made a bold play f...
by Phil
Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.
Replies: 23
Views: 1543

Re: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.

Although it doesn’t add much to the thread, this extract from Miss DR West’s autobiography [1] describes her impressions of the Dam Busters premiere. “On 15 May 1955 I took the first RAF Scholars, a party of three boys and Diana [2], to see the premiere of the film The Dam Busters. I was surprised a...
by Phil
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library
Replies: 17
Views: 2110

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

I too had never heard of a high-class Spanish lady, nor any other lady, washing her hands in urine to keep the skin soft. But I had a superstitious great-aunt, of Polish peasant stock, who apparently would put some of her own urine on the forehead of one of her babies, if she believed that someone h...
by Phil
Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sharks
Replies: 14
Views: 2000

Re: Sharks

There’s another reason (quite apart from the portrayal of a black American in a heroic light) why this painting is of great interest. Although not particularly successful financially Copley was a highly regarded portraitist and rightly so (eg his portraits of Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who repre...
by Phil
Tue May 23, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Michael Cherniavsky
Replies: 82
Views: 15997

Re: Michael Cherniavsky

I note that Fitzsadou wrote on 1 November 2012, MTC ended his teaching career in the History Dept of the University of Western Ontario, Canada. There can be very, very few CH schoolteachers who could move effortlessly from CH to a University post. (One other who springs to mind was HLO Flecker’s pre...
by Phil
Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Edward Malins
Replies: 20
Views: 4761

Re: Edward Malins

Gad Malins taught me English when I was in the UF and then history the following GE year. I believe his degree was in history, although he was head of the English Department. We were taught to write two sorts of notes. One formal sort comprised full complete sentences, with paragraphs, etc. He calle...
by Phil
Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Ghost stories etc?
Replies: 12
Views: 1983

Re: Ghost stories etc?

It was swab (noun and verb - pronounced 'swob').
by Phil
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: "Endeavour"
Replies: 23
Views: 3172

Re: "Endeavour"

Concerning ‘Camp Coffee’ (with its politically incorrect label extolling military aspects of colonialism in India), its popularity almost certainly was due to its low price, compared to Nescafe, etc. This was because it contained a very high percentage of chicory, providing its unique taste. Also be...
by Phil
Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Penguin-Bashers: Did They Really Exist or Were They a Myth?
Replies: 79
Views: 10881

Re: Penguin-Bashers: Did They Really Exist or Were They a Myth?

I can take the record back another decade (mid 40s to mid 50s). Then I knew nothing of any bad feeling towards boys in Housey clothes in Horsham or anywhere else in Sussex (or the UK). Also the words “penguin bashing” and “Muntham House” were unknown.
by Phil
Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did I dream this?
Replies: 32
Views: 3255

Re: Did I dream this?

For some reason I clearly remember that we had clean underpants twice weekly, on Wed and perhaps also Sat. In fact most of our laundering was twice weekly (socks, vests, shirts and handkerchiefs), with clean pyjamas once weekly. But unlike dsmg we only had big cubby holes in the linen room where suc...
by Phil
Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:46 am
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: 42
Views: 3319

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

I didn’t have any such access to my instrument, nor did any young OBs, whom I knew in the 1950s and 60s. One university OB friend and a good trombonist seriously considered joining the Salvation Army to allow him to continue playing. He didn’t of course and I have no idea whether he finally was able...
by Phil
Wed May 18, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Shakespeare plays at CH
Replies: 19
Views: 1659

Re: Shakespeare plays at CH

I don't think so. He contested Rye (Sussex) in the Labour interest in 1979, but came third. He has however written on political philosophy.

Thanks Michael. Sorry.
by Phil
Mon May 16, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Shakespeare plays at CH
Replies: 19
Views: 1659

Re: Shakespeare plays at CH

The Tempest’s Prospero was Anthony Arblaster, later an MP. After the shipwreck he appeared in an immaculate white shirt, strikingly calm and elegant as though having just disembarked from an upmarket cruise ship.