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by Spoonbill
Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did You Learn to Swear at CH? And Do You Still Eff It Today?
Replies: 15
Views: 864

Re: Did You Learn to Swear at CH? And Do You Still Eff It Today?

I knew several swear words before entering the hallowewd cloisters at Horsham, including the 'F' word, though I wasn't too sure of it's meaning. ....which reminds me of the first time I ever heard someone use the F-word, at my previous school. I asked my best mate "What does f*** mean?" and he repl...
by Spoonbill
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did You Learn to Swear at CH? And Do You Still Eff It Today?
Replies: 15
Views: 864

Did You Learn to Swear at CH? And Do You Still Eff It Today?

When you arrived at CH, were you already a sweary little tyke who effed and blinded virtually non-stop, both by day and by night? Or were you a sweet and innocent little lambkin who didn't even know what 'bum' meant? If the latter, did your peer group at CH soon sort you out and set you a-swearin' a...
by Spoonbill
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Can We Donate Our Dead Bodies to Christ's Hospital?
Replies: 13
Views: 1011

Re: Can We Donate Our Dead Bodies to Christ's Hospital?

I'd been wondering about Richard Ruck myself. In a week's time it'll be four years since he last exerted himself in this forum. Do we assume that he's been on a four-year bender? Or is the poor lamb gravely ill? Richard, if you're out there and you're seriously unwell, the message seems to be that d...
by Spoonbill
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Can We Donate Our Dead Bodies to Christ's Hospital?
Replies: 13
Views: 1011

Re: Can We Donate Our Dead Bodies to Christ's Hospital?

What a fearsomely erudite response, Richard. Very much appreciated. On top of everything you mention as potential obstacles, I now find that even A-Level Human Biology exams are currently in the process of being done away with by the examining boards OCR, AQA and WJEC (and possibly by others, if oth...
by Spoonbill
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Can We Donate Our Dead Bodies to Christ's Hospital?
Replies: 13
Views: 1011

Can We Donate Our Dead Bodies to Christ's Hospital?

It struck me the other day that it must be rather tedious for A-Level biology students to have to keep on dissecting just rats and frogs from one year to the next, so how's about we all donate our cadavers to the school for the students to dissect? That'd be much more fun for all concerned. Or is th...
by Spoonbill
Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Who's Blue?
Replies: 6
Views: 770

Re: Who's Blue?

And maybe they could also publish a subsidiary online resource called Who's Fat? , naming and shaming OBs like me who periodically succeed in lowering their weight significantly, only to drop the ball subsequently and pack all the weight back on again. I really do need an incentive. I've a feeling t...
by Spoonbill
Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Penguin-Bashers: Did They Really Exist or Were They a Myth?
Replies: 79
Views: 8511

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

...the only differences being that your parents paid to put you in Care and the Council paid for us to be put in Care No.31, very interesting to hear from you. In the '70s, Christ's Hospital was closer to its charitable roots than it is today (it was founded as a charitable institution for the bene...
by Spoonbill
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did I dream this?
Replies: 32
Views: 2056

Re: Did I dream this?

In the '70s (as I appear to recall it), we would twice a week find a laundry roll consisting of shirt, socks and underpants deposited at the foot of our beds; on another occasion in the week, a pair of socks with a pair of bands tucked into them would be similarly deposited on our beds by the fairie...
by Spoonbill
Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did I dream this?
Replies: 32
Views: 2056

Re: Did I dream this?

One grey shirt only? I had one pair of flannels only. When I was in the Third Form, I accidentally knelt in a pool of spilt orange squash on a worktop in the hobbies room whilst wearing my flannels and as a result spent the next seven or eight weeks with an extensive stiff patch on one trouser leg, ...
by Spoonbill
Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did I dream this?
Replies: 32
Views: 2056

Re: Did I dream this?

As I remember it, 'going into flannels' was a yearly event until 1977. The weather in the summer of that year was absolutely rubbish, so the decree from the headmaster never came. This apparently led to a rethink along the lines of Why does CH need to go into flannels anyway? and it was decided that...
by Spoonbill
Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:21 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: 13
Views: 1155

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

John, is that you shown parping the trombone at 0.02 in the second video, in check shirt and body-warmer? If so, I can't help noticing that you're definitely blowing into the right end of it, so you've evidently remembered the basics of what you learned at CH. Jolly good show. No need to join the Sa...
by Spoonbill
Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:02 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: 1155

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

Last night I went to an absolute tour de force of a brass band concert. The band consisted of people of all ages, male and female, and their glee at having found a musical home for themselves was self-evident. It left me wondering what it must've been like for CH pupils who, on leaving school, found...
by Spoonbill
Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Barbara Borgars "Euterpe" On This Forum
Replies: 3
Views: 671

Re: Barbara Borgars "Euterpe" On This Forum

Bummer. Very sorry to hear this.
by Spoonbill
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Neill the Notorious
Replies: 6
Views: 1177

Re: Neill the Notorious

Thoroughly well spotted, Jo. Hopefully they'll put up a statue to him in Bournemouth and/or Poole. Or failing that, a scarecrow. Certainly this forum won't be quite the same without him. But was he ever actually notorious ? If so, for doing what? Did anyone ever find out? Or was he just notorious fo...
by Spoonbill
Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Noseblowing by numbers - how did it work?
Replies: 28
Views: 3117

Re: Noseblowing by numbers - how did it work?

Angela Pratt wrote:Yes I remember that well, especially when I had diarrhoea.....
I heard that some poor kid once blew his nose so hard that diarrhoea came out into his handkerchief.