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by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library
Replies: 17
Views: 709

Re: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library

but his reply was that he [Kit Aitken] would wait for the film For an English-language film, he would have had to wait until 1981. Did he live that long? In fact, a film was made in French long before the novel was published in Britain. But in those days, there was no video. (Actually, Lady Chatter...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library
Replies: 17
Views: 709

Re: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library

There was The Cruel Sea. Most house libraries had what was called the 'Cadet Edition' (yuk). But the school library had the unexpurgated version, with graphic descriptions of shore leave in, I think, Brazil. Mostly, of course, we had to make do with the Bible, Lot's daughters and all that.
by michael scuffil
Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 132
Views: 9470

Re: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?

I remember the Chaplain (Pullen) once saying that he very much disapproved of people getting confirmed just because they had reached a certain form. And Roger Wilson, the confirming bishop (of Chichester), said he personally thought confirmation in adolescence a very bad thing. He said he thought th...
by michael scuffil
Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 132
Views: 9470

Re: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?

John, I meant that no one else knew that I'd been baptized in a Catholic church. So the fact that I had been was not the reason no one pressured me to get confirmed. Before I arrived at CH, and before John Page said something at Duty one evening about confirmation classes, I'd never heard of the con...
by michael scuffil
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 132
Views: 9470

Re: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?

In the mid/late fifties confirmation was just about compulsory unless you were of a different faith. That is certainly not true. Not the slightest pressure was put on me to be confirmed. It was not even casually suggested, and no one thought it odd that I wasn't. (As it happened, I had been baptize...
by michael scuffil
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 132
Views: 9470

Re: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?

In c. 1960, CH was CofE to the core. And CofE in those days meant the BCP, Matins and Evensong, communion on an empty stomach, no vestments, and absolutely no 'enthusiasm' of the happy-clappy sort. In the meantime, the CofE, for good or ill, has changed out of recognition, to become just two sects o...
by michael scuffil
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 341
Views: 21181

Re: Politics

"The rich cannot buy great quantities of bread" Which is also a less-often-mentioned reason why immigration is a good thing per se. Almost the only reason why the UK economy has held up so well in the last 15 years is that unlike many other countries in Europe, it has a rising population, largely fu...
by michael scuffil
Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did You Learn to Swear at CH? And Do You Still Eff It Today?
Replies: 15
Views: 877

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

I remember once, at a monitors' meeting, Pat Cullen telling us how he'd heard a junior say 'b****r you!' to someone, and he'd taken said junior aside and explained what it meant. I was not in the mood for debate, otherwise I would have asked what he would have done if the junior had said 'Damn you!'...
by michael scuffil
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s
Replies: 29
Views: 1395

Re: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s

(tho' I do sometimes wear socks more than once).

This made me wonder how often I changed my socks. Then I realized I hadn't worn any for at least four months, and my memory doesn't go any further back. And don't ask me how often I change my tie.
by michael scuffil
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s
Replies: 29
Views: 1395

Re: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s

A suitable piece of carbolic soap could be hurled down the lav end floor, so that it hit the inclined skirting board and came back over the screen. We made a sport of this, called Boggo. The idea was to get the soap to come back as far as possible. There was a period in the Summer Term of, I think,...
by michael scuffil
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s
Replies: 29
Views: 1395

Re: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s

Once again. Maine A in the 50s seems to be an outlier. The changing room trough was used a lot, especially after rugby and cross country runs. My memories are of a steam-filled atmosphere with extremely muddy water everywhere and the trough solidly packed. As for limits on the bath, I remember none...
by michael scuffil
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s
Replies: 29
Views: 1395

Re: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s

In retrospect, I wonder why 'strip washing' was not practised at CH. After all, no one had any qualms about stripping to get into a bath or the notorious changing-room trough. My wife tells me that when she was a girl (i.e. at about the same time I was a boy), it was quite normal for her on school e...
by michael scuffil
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s
Replies: 29
Views: 1395

Re: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s

I introduced my mother's 'clean dirt theory' partly in opposition to sejintenej's 'clean dirty underwear theory'. I don't know whether any medical research has been done on the latter. However, there is a book by Ruth Goodman called 'How to be a Tudor'. In it, she describes how, while the Tudors did...
by michael scuffil
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s
Replies: 29
Views: 1395

Re: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s

While I'm not opposed to Spartan conditions for teenagers, I wouldn't want to return to the hygiene of those days. Whilst I can understand that feeling surely those conditions made your body resistant to all sorts of nasties? Certainly I have been able to live (comfortably and unaffected) whilst th...
by michael scuffil
Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Roy Salisbury
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: Roy Salisbury

My entrance exam was in a rather forbidding building in Westminster called the Horticultural Hall, which I think is the building now called the Lindley Hall. We had the written exams in the morning, and the medical (with Dr Scott) and the interviews in the afternoon. I think there must have been 50 ...