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by michael scuffil
Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Attack of Literalism
Replies: 9
Views: 742

Mothercare briefly sold something called a "Baby Mincer".
by michael scuffil
Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: What Do You Wear In Bed?
Replies: 124
Views: 7852

blondie95 wrote:Did you know that M&S do pyjama bottoms in different leg lengths

This conjures up a curious image: are blondie95's legs different lengths?
by michael scuffil
Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:21 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Films you think everyone should watch
Replies: 28
Views: 2533

No one has mentioned Marat/Sade or whatever its full title was. It features a very young and pretty Glenda Jackson as a narcoleptic playing Charlotte Corday.

And Closely Observed Trains: much better than its title.

Futtock's End is a good short.
by michael scuffil
Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:11 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Favourite teacher
Replies: 227
Views: 38167

postwarblue wrote:My favourites? Gad Malins, David Jesson-Dibley; big debts to Bill Armistead, Gordon Van Praagh and Pongo Littlefield.
I think Littlefield would be amazed to find himself in this rarefied company. (And probably vice versa). Actually, this is the first good word I've ever heard about the man.
by michael scuffil
Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Favourite teacher
Replies: 227
Views: 38167

Trivial point: did anyone apart from me think that sleepy Tom Keeley spoke like DJ John Peel? No? Just me then...again. THK was a Brummy and John Peel was a Scouser and I've heard others say the accents sound similar but to me there seem to be quite marked differences. THK's accent made him a figur...
by michael scuffil
Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:55 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Favourite teacher
Replies: 227
Views: 38167

Ron Lorimer - sorry people but I can't get excited about him. He didn't like non-conformists. I gather Lorimer was a pillar of the establishment in his later years, but when he first arrived he was a non-conformist himself. He was believed to be the first teacher to sit down at lunch on the dais wi...
by michael scuffil
Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: CH Postcards - Series 1
Replies: 33
Views: 9775

Corks certainly didn't leave before Dec 55. He was there the whole of my first year 55/56, and I think the second as well. And he didn't leave hastily. His successor Jack Rust was not popular at first. (Corks was a hard act to follow.) A famous note was found in the choir room: Wanted, rust remover,...
by michael scuffil
Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Photos wanted
Replies: 0
Views: 927

Photos wanted

Does anyone have any pix of

1. Grecians at Hertford Speech Day 1963?
2. Horsham Festival 1963, pageant and fete?
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:36 pm
Forum: Barnes Photos
Topic: Barnes House Photos
Replies: 85
Views: 29299

I was referring to the 1951 pic. You can also see why McConnell was nicknamed "Slim".
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:31 pm
Forum: Barnes Photos
Topic: Barnes House Photos
Replies: 85
Views: 29299

The priest is surely Lloyd Whitfeld, who later became a monk who took the name Father Gilbert. He was variously known as "Wind" or "Yo" -- both names apparently came from the curious noise sometimes made by the wind in his classroom.
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:14 pm
Forum: Prep Photos
Topic: Prep B House Photos
Replies: 25
Views: 11681

There is at least one future SG in this pic: Frank Hunter (SG 65/66 I think) is seated 4th from right.
by michael scuffil
Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:40 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: CH in the Forties
Replies: 13
Views: 1855

Grecians taking classes happened not infrequently. I took a class for Jack Massen when he was ill for about three weeks. And when John Bullard died suddenly in 1961, his classes were taken over by Grecians for the rest of the school year. They were paid quite well for it.
by michael scuffil
Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:14 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Favourite teacher
Replies: 227
Views: 38167

And the late David Herbert.
by michael scuffil
Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:11 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Favourite teacher
Replies: 227
Views: 38167

A note on some of the above: I remember the day Killer Fry got his nickname: as junior housemaster in ThorntonB he ferociously beat a boy (maybe two) who giggled during prayers. This was actually rather out of character. (He kept in his study a Japanese sword, surrendered to him by an officer of equ...
by michael scuffil
Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:50 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Bullying & Abuse - Take II
Replies: 132
Views: 19330

CH in the 50s was pretty rough, but reading some of these items I get the impression that bullying as commonly understood was less prevalent. The peer pressure against it was enormous. What did make an enormous difference was the quality of the housemaster. There was little or no bullying in Thornto...