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by michael scuffil
Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Roy Salisbury
Replies: 5
Views: 256

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 ...
by michael scuffil
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sharks
Replies: 14
Views: 625

Re: Sharks

This painting is important enough to have its own Wikipedia entry. And Copley felt it important enough to paint not one, but three originals. When I was at CH, it was in the Court Room Passage, where it could be inspected close up, and probably fingered by little boys' dirty paws. This location, it ...
by michael scuffil
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Roy Salisbury
Replies: 5
Views: 256

Roy Salisbury

I note the death of former Clerk Roy Salisbury. Like many, many others, I imagine, I first remember him as a young CH London office factotum designated to shepherd candidates for entrance examinations around the rather large premises in which they were held, in particular getting us (re-dressed) fro...
by michael scuffil
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s
Replies: 29
Views: 1056

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

My recollection is that we had clean underpants only once a week (but I may be wrong). (YUK, especially as opportunities for intimate washing were limited.) Bands and socks twice. As far as I remember, bedlinen was not rotated but changed all at once: 'For tonight we'll merry, merry be, It's clean s...
by michael scuffil
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 338
Views: 19890

Re: Politics

I don't see any reason why the Balkans should be about to explode again. But otherwise everything is plausible. Trump has become a figurehead, after all there's a country to run.
by michael scuffil
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 338
Views: 19890

Re: Politics

Don't worry rockfreak, we have a govt. which has not only found the magic money tree to buy itself a majority (the same money would have re-clad all the tower blocks in the country, but not bought their votes), but also one which is positively rolling in its love of red-tape and regulation, as witne...
by michael scuffil
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 338
Views: 19890

Re: Politics

I'm a bit baffled about these EU privatisation laws Michael. The EU is basically a free-enterprise economy and frowns on state aid and on monopolies. Of course, there have been certain industries which were already state-owned when the EEC was formed, and there is no obligation to privatize them. B...
by michael scuffil
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RESEARCH
Replies: 60
Views: 2257

Re: RESEARCH

We were not allowed out into Hertford alone until we reached the Upper VI, Hertford was known to be particularly restrictive, but was not unique. My parents lived in Southwold, Suffolk, in the 1970s. Just outside is a school called St Felix. It was a girls' boarding school then, though maybe now it...
by michael scuffil
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RESEARCH
Replies: 60
Views: 2257

Re: RESEARCH

Ascension Day at Horsham was marked by a longer chapel service, and that probably meant no morning PT, because Thursday was a PT day in the summer (the other was Tuesday). But I think that was the extent of it. I have a vague recollection that one day we had a half-holiday at the request of a famous...
by michael scuffil
Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RESEARCH
Replies: 60
Views: 2257

Re: RESEARCH

Princess Margaret's wedding day was a Whole Holiday 'by command of Her Majesty' as Seaman put it on his notice (all schools had the day off). I don't remember any extra half-holidays apart from the annual varsity match. The reason I mentioned prep was to re-inforce your 'busy bee' comment. A 'survei...
by michael scuffil
Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Happy Birthday Michael !!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Re: Happy Birthday Michael !!!!

Many thanks, and for all you maths buffs, 73 is a prime number with complex factors: (8 + 3i) x (8 - 3i).
by michael scuffil
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 338
Views: 19890

Re: Politics

Well that was a turn-up for the books, wasn't it. The Maybot's software providers failed to provide her with enough varied programming. But for those of us who remembers the 70s we see the return to influence of that familiar tribe, the gaggle of garrulous Ulster Protestants asking for favours, in ...
by michael scuffil
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RESEARCH
Replies: 60
Views: 2257

Re: RESEARCH

Busy little bees, weren’t we? You could have added: 1st prep 7.30 -- 8.00 pm; 2nd prep. 8.30 -- 9.00 pm. 3rd prep 9.15 -- 9.45 pm In his autobiography, Bryan Magee (CH late 40s) relates how as a grecian he spent a term at a French boarding school. He totted up the time they spent on academic activi...
by michael scuffil
Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RESEARCH
Replies: 60
Views: 2257

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. In that case, perhaps senior and junior chapels were...
by michael scuffil
Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RESEARCH
Replies: 60
Views: 2257

Re: RESEARCH

1) weighing This was a practice started by Dr Friend, Scott's predecessor. I remember it much as Alex does. But occasionally (beginning of each school year?) the regular weighing and height measurements were supplemented by other measurements: chest, biceps. (In those days, the main point of weighin...