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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: 584

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: 716

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: 10068

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: 3364

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: 1108

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: 1990

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: 8383

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: 1990

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: 13
Views: 1121

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: 1076

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: 1076

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.
by Phil
Mon May 16, 2016 8:40 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Shakespeare plays at CH
Replies: 19
Views: 1076

Re: Shakespeare plays at CH

Thanks for the information about AJ “Joe” Salkin. There was also a presentation of The Merchant of Venice in 1954, when it was the (Oxford and Cambridge Joint Board’s) O level set work. The lead was taken, I think, by Richard Shuttleworth, Maine B, a superb actor. I suspect that he did very well in ...
by Phil
Sun May 15, 2016 8:44 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Shakespeare plays at CH
Replies: 19
Views: 1076

Re: Shakespeare plays at CH

Joe Salkin was in Barnes A.
Does anyone know what happened to him after he left school? University? Then what? And now?
by Phil
Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:17 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Innovations in Housey dress
Replies: 16
Views: 1669

Innovations in Housey dress

In viewing recent videos of CH on the Internet I noted changes of Housey clothes that have been introduced in the last few decades. Can someone explain what they signify? There may be other changes which I did not see and could also be explained. Of course if they can be illustrated with an image th...
by Phil
Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Book Cricket and Scoring
Replies: 5
Views: 660

Book Cricket and Scoring

An innocent pastime of some of the most junior boys in the years after the war, was Book Cricket. One opened a book at random and noted the letters in sequence, using a code to play a game of “cricket” (eg ‘e’ was a ball bowled without result, ‘x’ was LBW, etc, etc). These juniors would make up fanc...