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by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Wendy Fryer
Replies: 19
Views: 1659

Re: Wendy Fryer

A science master, the late John Osborn, married a Norwegian kitchen au pair in 1966 or thereabouts. Her colleague married an OB, my ThB contemporary Wyn Parry. (Whether Mrs J. knew about either of these liaisons, conducted clandestinely*, at the time the girls were employed at the school is a moot p...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Wendy Fryer
Replies: 19
Views: 1659

Re: Wendy Fryer

How many other CH masters married infirmary nurses? I can only think of one 'almost' example: Peter Brotherton called his marriage off at the last minute. An indecently late minute, in the view of many.

Tom Keeley married dietician Belinda.
by michael scuffil
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2963

Re: The Old Blue 2018

FGM is not (generally) a Muslim practice. It is more widely performed in Christian Ethiopia and in traditional and/or Christian parts of West Africa.
by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2963

Re: The Old Blue 2018

If you asked my opinion on a variety of social issues, you would probably be surprised at how reactionary they are, and I too have serious reservations about self-conscious diversity-mongers. However, the most serious problem facing mainly Europe, but other parts of the world too, is nationalism, an...
by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2963

Re: The Old Blue 2018

I have worked in France, speak the language, studied in french, and one of my degrees is from a french university, and I'm very glad to see the tricolor flown from every town hall. My local council will not allow the St George to be displayed in pubs on St George's day, but the flying of other nati...
by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2963

Re: The Old Blue 2018

my wife of 52 years is officially classified as "coloured". In which country? There are no 'official' ethnic classifications in the UK. Apartheid South Africa had its Pass Laws, which stated criteria for official classification by race, including the get-out phrase 'obviously by appearance'. But Br...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sometimes I forget
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Re: Sometimes I forget

Ref baths.Before 1955 Th.B had showers and a tiled trough bath in the changing room. We used to unscrew the shower heads and let hot water rain down after rugby. We could also fill the bath to overflowing to get a bath about 1 ft deep! THE tiled trough was also useful for keeping carp,caught in the...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 76
Views: 4860

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

As for Outlook, never heard of it.

Well you should have done. It was published at least twice a year and possibly termly the whole time you were at CH. Sold about 200 copies each time, I believe. As school literary magazines go, it was quite good. (Perhaps it's still going -- anyone know?)
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sometimes I forget
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Re: Sometimes I forget

Somehow it then got round to how frequently we were allowed to have a bath (3 times a week, no showers at Hertford in my day). Three baths a week would have been a luxury in most households in those days, and it was well into the 1970s before most homes had a shower. (It is said that the first show...
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 76
Views: 4860

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

That was the delectable Nena, was it not?

She's still around, though I believe she makes her living as a comedian these days.
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2963

Re: The Old Blue 2018

The Christ's Hospital Book (1953) opens with an extract from the Report of the Schools Inquiry Commissioners (1867/68) which states 'Christ's Hospital is ... sui generis'. These days one has to translate even common Latin phrases, but this is where 'a school like no other' comes from.
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 76
Views: 4860

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

The girls that came to Horsham for the Quatercentenary were shown round by, I suppose selected, Grecians. The buzz was that, on passing the pillar box outside the Common Room, one of the girls asked 'Are you allowed to post things in that?' St Matthew's Day was the girls' only other manifestation f...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 76
Views: 4860

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

That there was a girls' CH at Hertford must have been known to everyone at Horsham apart from maybe new boys in their first few weeks. There were also quite a few sibling pairs divided between the two schools. There were official exchange visits by senior pupils on each other's Speech Days, and both...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Thornton Photos
Topic: Thornton House Photos
Replies: 20
Views: 8902

Re: Thornton House Photos

by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Corporal Punishment by CH Teaching staff
Replies: 98
Views: 13414

Re: Corporal Punishment by CH Teaching staff

Corporal punishment at CH was a form of sexual gratification and had very little to do with chastisement. It was a prime source of aggressive sexual satisfaction and it is directly linked to the culture of sexual abuse that occurred and the issues with the school not just in my time but for some 32...