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by michael scuffil
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 51
Views: 2002

Re: Attitudes to sports

Asphalt games were expressly forbidden on Sundays. And they didn't count as a 'hobby'. Hobbies had to be accounted for. As for swimming, nudity was no longer compulsory for non-swimmers (except maybe in the Prep, I wouldn't know) by 1955, but still optional until John Lewis was designated sole purve...
by michael scuffil
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: All this is incredibly sad
Replies: 159
Views: 7528

Re: All this is incredibly sad

I cannot recall CMES EVER visiting Col B, or hearing of him ever entering any house come to that. I think he was too aloof for that sort of task. Almost true. There was one exception. He would always go to the house of the boy chosen to be senior grecian to tell him so. It would always be at around...
by michael scuffil
Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 51
Views: 2002

Re: Attitudes to sports

The master i/c of swimming and gym was Mr JH Edwards. He was never called a ‘coach’. But the verb was used for school team training. JHE was a pleasant chap, Cambridge BA, with a son in the school and clearly was not an intellectual. He only taught the most junior forms. JHE was known as 'Fish' Edw...
by michael scuffil
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 51
Views: 2002

Re: Attitudes to sports

Ah, yes, croquet. Played on the front lawns of some houses. I remember on one occasion playing on ColB lawn when a member of the visiting Hurstpierpoint 2nd XI saw us and invited us to play at Hurstpierpoint. We approached David Jesson-Dibley (who played croquet at a high level), who agreed to drive...
by michael scuffil
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 51
Views: 2002

Re: Attitudes to sports

School House was MidA, Keen House was LaB. At least in ThB we had proper rugby instruction: junior housemaster Phil Davies played for England and the British Lions. There were other masters (Fryer, Keeley, Hewitt) who played club rugby at quite high level. Athletics was mainly in the Lent Term. It w...
by michael scuffil
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 51
Views: 2002

Attitudes to sports

Younger members of this forum should note that during the time I'm talking about, the palette of available sports (not that we used the word, they were 'games') was limited and you had little or no choice. But bearing that in mind, why was it respectable to dislike some sports but not others? For ex...
by michael scuffil
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: All this is incredibly sad
Replies: 159
Views: 7528

Re: All this is incredibly sad

Bullying isn't like smallpox. It doesn't decline as medical science and progressivity increases. Ever since Emile Durkheim pointed out in 1897 that the incidence of something as profoundly personal as suicide varied from country to country (often without any apparent reason), the reasons for trends...
by michael scuffil
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Thornton Photos
Topic: Thornton House Photos
Replies: 20
Views: 8020

Re: Thornton House Photos

No, you're not at fault. I'm talking mainly (though not only) about the shadows on the faces. (If the Fountain was in the sun, there would have been plenty of shady (and photogenic) places within 100 yds.)
by michael scuffil
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Thornton Photos
Topic: Thornton House Photos
Replies: 20
Views: 8020

Re: Thornton House Photos

Whoever took that picture ought to be shot. The lighting is dreadful.
by michael scuffil
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: All this is incredibly sad
Replies: 159
Views: 7528

Re: All this is incredibly sad

Two points from this thread. Like rockfreak, I too am amazed by the fact that bullying, which was declining in his time, and declining still faster in mine (we overlapped but he was four years my senior) seems to have got worse in the 1970s and 1980s. As for non-foundationers, of course they had an ...
by michael scuffil
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: CH and flu
Replies: 32
Views: 2786

Re: CH and flu

Why we thought that could give us flu I have no idea

I suppose it could have stressed the immune system (that's probably what you intuitively thought). But probably it merely stimulated it.
by michael scuffil
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Academic jargon
Replies: 9
Views: 668

Re: Academic jargon

While I agree that 'postmodern' in most contexts is an oxymoron, in some it can be said to have a meaning, namely those contexts where 'Modern' means 'in the Modernist style'. This can certainly be applied to architecture, probably to the other visual arts, and probably to classical music. So that w...
by michael scuffil
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Why a teacher DOES NOT have to report abuse
Replies: 46
Views: 2615

Re: Why a teacher DOES NOT have to report abuse

I hadn't realized Burr's case went back to Newsome's time. I knew Newsome fairly well from Cambridge, and I imagine no one's suggesting he had any knowledge of this, because it would have been out of character for him to have known and done nothing. As for Gregory and Lorrimer: if they knew, they sh...
by michael scuffil
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Why a teacher DOES NOT have to report abuse
Replies: 46
Views: 2615

Re: Why a teacher DOES NOT have to report abuse

There used to be a common-law crime called 'misprision of felony' (i.e. failure to report a felony of which you had knowledge). It was abolished in 1967 (mainly because it was very hard to prove). I don't know whether an indecent assault on a child (short of rape) was a felony; I doubt it, and there...
by michael scuffil
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Phone boxes
Replies: 27
Views: 1351

Re: Phone boxes

The ony one I remember was in the court room corridor. Always dark and musty with a distintive smell of despair and overshadowed by that shark attack picture which didn't help much either.. 1d coins, if memory serves. That's the only one I remember too. I think all payphones took sixpences too, may...