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by michael scuffil
Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:51 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: AUCTION Your chance to spend a penny.......
Replies: 31
Views: 2307

Certain things get impressed indelibly in the memory. Apart from my mother's Co-op divi number (296216) I can still repeat verbatim (with the capital letters) the words: Boys are STRICTLY FORBIDDEN to loiter or play in or around these buildings. Cutting or writing on the woodwork or walls is also ST...
by michael scuffil
Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:29 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: AUCTION Your chance to spend a penny.......
Replies: 31
Views: 2307

On the school special train to Victoria at the beginning of the summer holidays in 1958, we flew bog-roll streamers from the windows. When we arrived back for the Michaelmas Term, we found that all the simple bog-roll holders had been replaced by a patented device called "Toi-Lok", which meant you c...
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A few CH pics
Replies: 23
Views: 4439

DavebytheSea wrote:There is, I believe, also a Christ's Hospital at Abingdon, near Oxford.
I believe a party of them visited us while I was at CH. We stared at them as if they were some alien species. Their uniforms looked rather like ours, but weren't. In a way they were stranger than ordinary visitors.
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Word of the day
Replies: 681
Views: 39969

tortfeasor

as in Married Women and Tortfeasors Act 1935

under which married women could be sued in tort (previously they could hide behind their husbands)
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: THE BAND - 110 YEARS AGO
Replies: 15
Views: 5327

The figure of 2058 for those who served is quite high. Eligible for service (by age) would have been those admitted to the school between ca. 1885 and 1912. Assuming an intake of 120 per year, that makes ca, 3250 OBs eligible for service. (Given the number turned down nationally on grounds of health...
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Capturing Mary
Replies: 3
Views: 599

I didn't see either of these, but I know the feeling. You say: Never again!, but you watch again after all. I used to watch Silent Witness (the series about pathologists). Then I saw one dubbed into German, and I could only say: What drivel! The plot was rubbish, the acting was bad. The only good th...
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: THE BAND - 110 YEARS AGO
Replies: 15
Views: 5327

I suspect that many if not all of those boys would have fought in the First World War This thought arises with all pictures of young men taken between c. 1890 and 1918. It should also be possible to estimate how many of them did not survive it. One would need to know the total number of OBs killed ...
by michael scuffil
Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 19c Tissot painting found on the net
Replies: 15
Views: 4200

The boys are on the front steps of the National Gallery. That much is clear. I really don't think there's the slightest doubt they're from Newgate Street and not Hertford. They're clearly showing people around, and have an air that they know it all. Not what you'd expect from 10-year-olds who didn't...
by michael scuffil
Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:49 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Housey Slang.....
Replies: 360
Views: 41415

I see I'm reviving a dormant site, but never mind. There's one item of housey slang we use in our household because we can't think of a better word, namely "skiff-plate". A skiff-plate is a plate for skiffage (food scraps, see above). Normally the skiffage went into a skiff pan at the end of the tab...
by michael scuffil
Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:37 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: What Do You Wear In Bed?
Replies: 124
Views: 7958

fun pjs? Oxymoron.
by michael scuffil
Sun Nov 11, 2007 5:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: THE BAND - 110 YEARS AGO
Replies: 15
Views: 5327

englishangel wrote: pupils wear their own shoes so not quite the conformity here.

Since when?
by michael scuffil
Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 19c Tissot painting found on the net
Replies: 15
Views: 4200

The picture is called "London Visitors". It is used for the front jacket illustration of a book called "London" by an American called John Russell (pub. 1994).
by michael scuffil
Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:44 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Favourite teacher
Replies: 227
Views: 39440

There was a hall trade in Thornton B called "Door". It went to two quite senior people and involved closing the door between the Hall and the kitchens during grace, and making sure no one barged in from the kitchen. Thornton A (I think, or it may have been Mid A) had a similar trade. They had to clo...
by michael scuffil
Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:35 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: CH dogs
Replies: 56
Views: 8931

Re: DOGS

Foureyes wrote:My recollection is that Kirby had two dogs. One was definitely called Chlorine, but I thought that the other was called Hebburn, or a very similar sounding name. He used to cycle with one on his shoulders.
:shock:

This must have been before my time. I only remember Chlorine, and then Boodle.
by michael scuffil
Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:29 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: CH dogs
Replies: 56
Views: 8931

I was always under the impression that all of Kirby's dogs were called "Boodle". Pop Massen had a large black Labrador that wandered around aimlessly and I seem to remember another dog down the Middleton end of the Avenue. Boodle was Chlorine's successor. He (I think Boodle was a he) was announced ...