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by brian walling
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 36
Views: 3354

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

Re Gordon Van Praagh .The original poster's April 2017 notes told us: Gordon van Praagh, played double bass in school orchestra, keen Gilbert & Sullivan performer/director. Head of Chemistry & Science at CH. Text book author. Left CH for distinguished career in science education (theory and practice...
by brian walling
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Story of Old Blues in North America - BCOB Book Project
Replies: 30
Views: 1042

Re: The Story of Old Blues in North America - BCOB Book Project

Dear David One interesting and unique North American OB who could perhaps be considered for mention in the book is James H Bell, Maine A 1957-58 (born 1939, died 2011). He was American, from New Jersey, and came to CH on a special one year English Speaking Union exchange deal. He came straight to CH...
by brian walling
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Memories of Corks - chapel organ 1950s
Replies: 3
Views: 257

Memories of Corks - chapel organ 1950s

Purel by chance, I recently came across a Youtube recording (with good video) of an organ concert that includes one of Corks's favourite organ voluntaries: the impressive last movement of Dvorak's New World Symphony (transcribed for organ). As I recall, he typically played this once a term after eve...
by brian walling
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Re: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?

Brian, Can't help you find Martin Barker today, but the name rings a distant bell. Would he have been a junior housemaster in Lamb B in the early 50s, when I was there? A young, very pleasant, quietly-spoken man as I recall. I see that you live in Penang, which must be one of the roughest, toughest...
by brian walling
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Re: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?

You could try the CH Office direct to see if they have any information. Thanks. I have now contacted the CH Office but will not receive a reply until they resume after the Christmas/New Year break. Meanwhile, however, the OB desk (Gina Skillings), who looked into another OB for me, has told me that...
by brian walling
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.
Replies: 22
Views: 897

Re: DAMBUSTERS AND C.H.

I hadn't seen this newsreel clip before, but very glad to see it now! I remember well in 1955 watching the film itself at CH in Big School -- I think before it went on general release, thanks to arrangements kindly made by Barnes Wallis. This was in summer, when we usually didn't have school films d...
by brian walling
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Martin Barker, master/housemaster 1950s, any news?

Martin W Barker, a classics teacher, was my senior housemaster in Maine A from 1956 (when he replaced Colin Tod) until I left in Dec 1960. He joined CH, I believe, in 1954 or 1955 and presumably started then as a junior housemaster in another house. Does anybody have any recent news or information o...
by brian walling
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Scholarships to CH -- and beyond
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Scholarships to CH -- and beyond

What has happened to the various old "scholarships" that existed as means of entry to CH in my time (1950s)? Maybe somebody who visits this forum has an understanding of how these old arrangements have evolved. I got to CH in 1953 at age 11 because I won one of the two places offered that year to th...
by brian walling
Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RESEARCH
Replies: 60
Views: 4653

Re: RESEARCH

I was at CH 1953-60 and (like David, last post but one) I have absolutely no memory of anything such as divided chapel. This may have been an experiment up to 1952 only. If indeed it continued thereafter, it doesn't seem to have had great impact.
by brian walling
Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH featured in London Financial Times newspaper last weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 1630

Re: CH featured in London Financial Times newspaper last weekend

It occurs to me that it might be easier for readers if I posted a copy of the photo in question from the Financial Times. Here it is. (It is copyrighted to Harry Mitchell.)

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by brian walling
Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH featured in London Financial Times newspaper last weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 1630

CH featured in London Financial Times newspaper last weekend

I was delighted on reading last weekend's Financial Times (the UK newspaper) to see an iconic picture of CH prominent on the front page of the Life and Arts section. Those who have not seen the article (which contains a few words about CH besides the photo) and who are interested can probably find i...
by brian walling
Tue May 10, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Art School
Replies: 12
Views: 1427

Re: The Art School

Another less well known CH artist, broadly contemporaneous with B Rubbra, was WA (Bill) Riseboro, MaA 49-57. He left CH for a distinguished career in architecture and town planning, but at CH he was quite active in painting and there were several of his works in the Art School. Perhaps his best know...
by brian walling
Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Council of Almoners statement in response to petition
Replies: 2
Views: 572

What does the Council of Almoners statement really mean?

Please, could somebody closer to this complex subject than I am give a balanced assessment of how far/how well this formal statement responds to the concerns of the petitioners? It is tempting, on the surface, to see it as evasive and not really addressing the issues raised, but I remain open to a m...
by brian walling
Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: PETITION: Is 26% Full-Fee Paying Pupils Too High?
Replies: 105
Views: 8398

Re: Is 26% Full-Fee Paying Pupils Too High?

I agree whole-heartedly with David -- both his observation and his suggested general solution. I have myself for some time been uneasy about the School's apparent increasing movement away from its original ethos. I overlapped for about four years with David at CH and I imagine that he and I share ma...
by brian walling
Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What Keith Douglas got up to at CH
Replies: 66
Views: 3686

Re: What Keith Douglas got up to at CH

I'm not familiar with his poetry at all, but if he's as good as suggested it's a pity that he has not been recognised more at CH. I can connect with much of what is aired in the post and I had a fairly literary time at CH (1953-60), not long after the 2nd WW, but there was definitely no mention of K...