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by michael scuffil
Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: disused railway lines
Replies: 21
Views: 3038

Re: disused railway lines

The guy who made the film (he calls himself "dumpman") said that access to the Guildford platforms on CH station was fenced off and had lots of no entry signs. He filmed as a trespasser. But apparently this is part of the disputed territory which the local council is/was having hearings about. Incid...
by michael scuffil
Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:35 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: disused railway lines
Replies: 21
Views: 3038

Re: disused railway lines

I've just watched (some of) the other disc, the one between Guildford (actually, the pillbox at Peasmarsh Junction) and CH. Most of it the same exciting footage of a cycle track between hedgerows, taken with a hand-held camera while cycling. However, he does go (not very knowledgeably) into what is ...
by michael scuffil
Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Fame for Michael Scuffil
Replies: 3
Views: 610

Re: Fame for Michael Scuffil

Angela, it wasn't my voice. It was some dull voice-over actor.
by michael scuffil
Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:10 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Fame for Michael Scuffil
Replies: 3
Views: 610

Re: Fame for Michael Scuffil

Actually this is my third mention on Farming Today. They seem to like me. I wrote a mail to Today recently, and John Humphrys said "We had this mail from a German professor... "
by michael scuffil
Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:33 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Monitors criticise Russian poll
Replies: 3
Views: 595

Re: Monitors criticise Russian poll

Yes Katharine that was precisely the calculation I performed sleepily when I woke up to News Briefing this morning.
by michael scuffil
Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Entrance to CH - Picture
Replies: 6
Views: 1093

Re: Entrance to CH - Picture

I was going to say...

The view itself is quite well known, but this is the first coloured version I've seen. From the description, though, this is just a modern computer scan of what is probably a near-contemporary hand-colouring of an original engraving.
by michael scuffil
Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: Thornton Photos
Topic: Thornton House Photos
Replies: 20
Views: 9409

Re: Thornton House Photos

in the 1962 photo, I think you will find that ex Barnes B is Ledeboer, Nigel, if I remember correctly. Got his colours at rugby. His brother, Pete, remained in Barnes B, whopping the bass drum. Paddy Cullen was also ex Barnes B, we seemed to export a lot. It went both ways. John Watts and Noel Kirk...
by michael scuffil
Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:17 pm
Forum: Thornton Photos
Topic: Thornton House Photos
Replies: 20
Views: 9409

Re: Thornton House Photos

Mr Page, the housemaster in 1962/63, had previously been housemaster of Thornton B. He moved to Thornton A, because having got married* (in 1960, I think), he found that living in West Gun Copse road (about 150 yrds away) was "too far". He was succeeded in Thornton B by Pat Cullen, who proceeded to ...
by michael scuffil
Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: Thornton Photos
Topic: Thornton House Photos
Replies: 20
Views: 9409

Re: Thornton House Photos

Incidentally "Linton" on the 1962 picture is Martin Linton, now the Labour MP for Battersea.
by michael scuffil
Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:18 am
Forum: Hertford Memories
Topic: Sports standards
Replies: 22
Views: 2419

Re: Sports standards

Sports at Horsham c. 1960 meant Rugger Athletics Cricket Cross-country running PT gym I hated rugger, except seven-a-sides, which was fun. I quite liked athletics. Most people disliked cricket because it took up so much time, and the category of "non-cricketing senior" was created: we would play hoc...
by michael scuffil
Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:28 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 120
Views: 21192

Re: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster

More about Kirby. (See also the thread on "CH dogs") CF Kirby (his first name was Cecil, but he seems to have been known to colleagues as Bill, and liked to be called Uncle by the boys) taught biology, and I think he was a very good biology teacher indeed. But he was very strange. He was an Old Blue...
by michael scuffil
Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: CH dogs
Replies: 56
Views: 12560

Re: CH dogs

Ah...

Thanks for that hint. I have added a post there.
by michael scuffil
Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:59 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: disused railway lines
Replies: 21
Views: 3038

Re: disused railway lines

At least he's not a cycling nerd. But the bulk of the film consists of footage of a cycle path, all looking much the same for 90 minutes. He gets very excited when he sees a few bricks among the bushes, and dwells on them for minutes at a time as evidence of a platform or whatever. And we keep getti...
by michael scuffil
Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: disused railway lines
Replies: 21
Views: 3038

disused railway lines

There's a guy on ebay selling 2 home-produced dvds of a cycle trip from Guildford to Shoreham via Christ's Hospital along the disused railway tracks which were still in use in my day. I bought them for reasons of nostalgia and curiosity. After all, something of interest could be made of this. They h...
by michael scuffil
Wed Feb 27, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: CH dogs
Replies: 56
Views: 12560

Re: CH dogs

You see, Chlorine was already a legend. I think "Urine" is apochryphal. I believe the litter were named after the halogens. Strangely, I never heard Kirby referred to as "Bill" while I was there, but often since. His name in fact was Cecil, and he liked being called "Uncle" (by the boys). He deserve...