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by michael scuffil
Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Michael Cherniavsky
Replies: 82
Views: 11466

Re: Michael Cherniavsky

Although I haven’t read the Kantorowicz book, nor even the extracts on the internet, I am sure the photo is of our MTC. Also Cherniavsky is a very unusual name and I have never come across it (apart from MTC, his father and his brother, a few years younger who was also at Oxford). The MTC of the re...
by michael scuffil
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Michael Cherniavsky
Replies: 82
Views: 11466

Re: Michael Cherniavsky

In the Times Literary Supplement of 24 Feb 2017 there is a book review containing a prominent photo of a young Michael Cherniavsky, with another medieval historian. However don’t rush to read it to learn more about the Chern, for the review is of Ernest Kantorowicz: a Life, (by Robert E Lerner and ...
by michael scuffil
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 116
Views: 14465

Re: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster

Someone in this long thread suggested that he was a “failed medical student.”

Plead guilty as charged, m'lud, and withdraw the comment unreservedly. I knew he had studied medicine, because he told us so, but manifestly he wasn't a doctor. So I jumped to a totally unwarranted conclusion.
by michael scuffil
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 36
Views: 2650

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

Ivor R Maconnell [...] Bachelor for a long time and senior housemaster of BaB. Thereafter married. Known as 'Slim'. By 1955 he was married and senior housemaster of ThA (which had married quarters attached). He retired from there in 1961, and later became 2nd Master (I think). But was he Chern's pr...
by michael scuffil
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 36
Views: 2650

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: 1592

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: 856

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: 856

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: 856

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: 1149

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: 1392

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: 1392

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: 1392

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: 475

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: 1268

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...