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by michael scuffil
Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: "Endeavour"
Replies: 23
Views: 1903

Re: "Endeavour"

After all, remember the Housie Sunday morning coffee which bore no relation whatsoever to actual coffee as known to the rest of the Western wolrld! Indeed. CH tea was recognizably tea, though not what you'd hope for at the Ritz, but CH coffee didn't really pass the recognizability test. But then ag...
by michael scuffil
Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: FIRST TIME VISITORS & Feedback
Topic: God in the Quad ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1458

Re: God in the Quad ?

In India they ... burnt their unfortunate widows on the funeral pyres of the deceased husbands.

I read somewhere an opinion that the abolition of this practice was the one positive contribution the British made to India. (I can't think of another, either.)
by michael scuffil
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: FIRST TIME VISITORS & Feedback
Topic: God in the Quad ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1458

Re: God in the Quad ?

I remember the arrival of John Robson. He was presumably appointed by Seaman after talking advice from the chapel committee, but he was a very un-Seaman-like appointee. He was an innovator from the word go, introducing things like communion in dayrooms, which I regarded as a form of populism. He was...
by michael scuffil
Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: FIRST TIME VISITORS & Feedback
Topic: God in the Quad ?
Replies: 25
Views: 1458

Re: God in the Quad ?

This was an interesting post from Chris Martin, as he is a priest now but showed no signs of any such vocation when I knew him at CH. Those OBs of my acquaintance who were or are active Christians in later life were otherwise all already fairly or very active Christians at CH, and in most cases had ...
by michael scuffil
Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?
Replies: 11
Views: 1738

Re: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

As the amount of largesse varied by status, there must have been some order of collection. I don't think there was someone whispering in the Lord Mayor's ear 'A guinea for this one, a half-crown for this one, a half-guinea for this one' etc. From the precisely two photos I've got of me about to coll...
by michael scuffil
Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?
Replies: 11
Views: 1738

Re: Can you identify this pupil from 1969?

The Lord Mayor, incidentally, is Sir Charles Trinder, one of the least distinguished holders of the office -- he gets fewer google hits than I do.
by michael scuffil
Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Food at CH
Replies: 13
Views: 1125

Re: Food at CH

I arrived after rationing stopped, after the new Lady Superintendent arrived, and after the kitchens had been modernized. The three events together were said to have triggered a huge improvement by those who'd known the old regime. Certainly you could never complain about the quantity of food; the q...
by michael scuffil
Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: "Endeavour"
Replies: 23
Views: 1903

Re: "Endeavour"

'kiffen' is standard German slang for 'to smoke pot'. And 'verkifft' means 'stoned'.

If it was an expression picked up in the desert in WW2, it may be that the Brits got it from the Germans, or both got it from the natives. I think a CH connexion unlikely.
by michael scuffil
Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Oh dear..here we go again.
Replies: 25
Views: 2317

Re: Oh dear..here we go again.

It would be most extraordinary if an Old Blue weren't convicted in a court of law from time to time. If this one had left 40 years ago, rather than less than two, I doubt if the HM would have found it necessary to say anything, but as he's known to most of the school, I imagine it's a talking point ...
by michael scuffil
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 6728

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

For the record, 'te absolvo' was the formula used by Catholic priests at the end of confession. I don't think 'vos' was ever used in Latin as a singular, polite or formal or otherwise. The gladiators addressed even the emperor with 'Morituri te salutamus'. My favourite story of second-person pronoun...
by michael scuffil
Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 6728

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

David:

In view of the mea culpa: te absolvo.
by michael scuffil
Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 6728

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

" If you feel that strongly, David, I suggest you contact the Forum Administrator direct. " Quis custodat custodies? Done. :shock: Oh dear. Double detention, I think. Or five Hail Marys and a cold shower. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? True, there does seem to be a first conjugation verb custodo, w...
by michael scuffil
Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: celebrity culture
Replies: 20
Views: 1362

celebrity culture

I remember when Buddy Holly died (it was while I was at CH). The event got about two column inches in the Daily Mail, and those of us who took any notice of pop music (a very small minority) were derided for even thinking this might be important. But this year has seen the deaths of David Bowie, Pri...
by michael scuffil
Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: From the sublime to the ridiculous
Replies: 152
Views: 12679

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

It should be strait-laced, not straight-laced. Strait means narrow or tight (as in Strait of Gibraltar, or straitjacket).

The derivation of 'gossip' is not the one usually given.

The earliest documented use of 'an arm and a leg' dates from 1949. Any connexion with painting seems unlikely.
by michael scuffil
Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Where does the word "Toyce" come from?
Replies: 68
Views: 6492

Re: Where does the word "Toyce" come from?

I think I said it years ago, but I'll say it again. In 1962 or 63, when Seaman was explaining the forthcoming re-organization and the physical manifestations to a meeting of monitors, he outlined the appearance of these things, and said 'At Winchester they call them "toyces". Perhaps we should do th...