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by michael scuffil
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 19
Views: 1401

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

Died in harness: Archbold (after a skiing accident), Bullard (after being suddenly taken ill and rushed to hospital), Fryer, suicide after an interview with headmaster Derek Baker apparently concerning his pension arrangements. Archbold was succeed as housemaster of LaB not by Barker, as someone sta...
by michael scuffil
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Time to bring back Kiff Bowls?
Replies: 19
Views: 1167

Re: Time to bring back Kiff Bowls?

As house captains, I remember we felt ourselves very superior having cups and saucers for our tea (poured from teapots) on the dais. Mrs Johnson was an opponent of kiff bowls, and always wanted to introduce cups and saucers. As she got her way on most things, I don't know who can have opposed her so...
by michael scuffil
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Old report card
Replies: 11
Views: 652

Re: Old report card

We usually had interviews with the housemaster. I suppose it depended on the (assiduity of the) housemaster, and sometimes I remember only problem-cases (and new boys generally, of course) were summoned. But not with the headmaster, no. He was a distant figure.
by michael scuffil
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Old report card
Replies: 11
Views: 652

Re: Old report card

Our housemaster's reports were the only thing on the report form of any significance (except maybe for grecians, whose report forms were much longer). Mostly the subject teachers just wrote things like 'Good.' or 'Fair.' Kit Aitken used to write your position in the form on the bais of tests, like: ...
by michael scuffil
Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Old report card
Replies: 11
Views: 652

Re: Old report card

I have the complete set. Academically I was always good, but my housemaster's reports make for interesting reading. As a new boy I was 'scruffy' (though by the age of 17 I fancied myself a bit of a dandy, which would probably have raised John Page's ire in equal measure). By the age of 13 I was in d...
by michael scuffil
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Can We Donate Our Dead Bodies to Christ's Hospital?
Replies: 13
Views: 889

Re: Can We Donate Our Dead Bodies to Christ's Hospital?

A corpse belongs to no one. CH can certainly take possession of your body. However, whether they would be prepared to pay the not inconsiderable costs of preservation is another matter. The question with the skeleton is more interesting. I see no reason why you shouldn't indicate that CH should have...
by michael scuffil
Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: FIRST TIME VISITORS & Feedback
Topic: problem with Chrome
Replies: 13
Views: 1182

Re: problem with Chrome

Apparently when they first got electricity she would plug something into every outlet, to stop the electricity from leaking out. Ah, she realized early on that this was a government plot to poison us and cook our brains. (But to be slightly more serious, google EMF, and you'll find that many people...
by michael scuffil
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: FIRST TIME VISITORS & Feedback
Topic: problem with Chrome
Replies: 13
Views: 1182

Re: problem with Chrome

Crtl + F5 has fixed it. The logic of computers never ceases to astound me.
by michael scuffil
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: FIRST TIME VISITORS & Feedback
Topic: problem with Chrome
Replies: 13
Views: 1182

problem with Chrome

This Forum (for me) has suddenly become unreadable on Chrome -- it's covered in red circles enclosing symbolic lines representing text (and I can't shrink the drop-down menus). This doesn't happen in incognito mode, but there of course I can't post, because surprise surprise I'm incognito. I'm writi...
by michael scuffil
Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Re: Three-day week 1973/74
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: Three-day week 1973/74

Almost certainly not. There was a major power-cut in the autumn/winter of 1961 or 1962, which affected the whole of south-east England, incl. CH.
by michael scuffil
Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Ghost stories etc?
Replies: 12
Views: 1067

Re: Ghost stories etc?

I am curious about the parish boundary. I had always thought the whole school was in Itchingfield (accounting for the burials of staff and boys in its churchyard**) but the 1911 OS map does indeed show the boundary running through Peele A, albeit not through a study*, with most of the school being i...
by michael scuffil
Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 6724

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

Avon wrote:
MrEd wrote:Tom Keeley was widely rumoured to have narcolepsy by the 1980s.
It was a defence strategy against his wife's godawful cooking!
No, he was narcoleptic before he got married. (Can't comment on her cooking, but she was a dietician, so that doesn't bode well.)
by michael scuffil
Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: 5s and6s
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Re: 5s and6s

It took a wholesale change of premises for the boys' numbered wards to be changed to named 'houses'. The wards in London were rooms in larger buildings, while the houses were real houses. I suppose the numbers could have been retained, as the correspondence was, I think, one to one. The ward numbers...
by michael scuffil
Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: FIRST TIME VISITORS & Feedback
Topic: God in the Quad ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1457

Re: God in the Quad ?

If I were a Christian, I would despair at a church that thought the issue of same-sex marriage was even worth debating. If I were C of E, I would defect to the Orthodox, at least their churches are full, and their priests are married (to women). As I said, I grew up in a home that ignored religion. ...
by michael scuffil
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: "Endeavour"
Replies: 23
Views: 1901

Re: "Endeavour"

As monitors, we used to make a drink in the evning that used nescafe dissolved in hot milk. The milk was saved from break (i.e. was govt. funded), and heated on the matron's gas ring. The drink was vaguely coffee-like.