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by michael scuffil
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 134
Views: 5291

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

Chrissie Boy wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:19 am
Just look at the Cliff Richard vs. the BBC case. Still on-going, but when did we last hear anything about it in the news?
That is a civil case. Proceedings tend to be technical and rather dry. Also the urgency is less.
by michael scuffil
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Damian Le Bas, Radio 4 Book of the Week
Replies: 14
Views: 664

Re: Damian Le Bas, Radio 4 Book of the Week

I didn't hear it, but I did hear an interview with him (on Today?) in which, in a very non-public-school accent, he mentioned in passing that he'd been at a public school, and I wondered if it was CH.
by michael scuffil
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Maine Photos
Topic: Maine B 1952
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: Maine B 1952

Peto taught me French in my first year. I came second in the exam, beating all those in the top set who had had French in the Prep or at their prep school. So he must have been a reasonable teacher. In any case I liked him. I may have been wrong about Holland being in MaB, or perhaps he only moved t...
by michael scuffil
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Maine Photos
Topic: Maine B 1952
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: Maine B 1952

From his position and posture, it appears that Carey was the senior housemaster. But three years later, Morton Peto was. Does this mean that Peto was promoted from junior to senior housemaster in the same house? I know of no other such instance. Incidentally, future Labour MP Stuart Holland ought to...
by michael scuffil
Sun May 06, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 5553

Re: Reading to the dormitory

Now as to the rest of Europe, the American media research group Freedom House tells us that Finland has the greatest readership of serious independent broadsheets (think The Guardian, Indie and FT) and also that the Finns have the best educational standards in Europe. Some connection here? It is co...
by michael scuffil
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Ajaz Karim found guilty
Replies: 68
Views: 3258

Re: Ajaz Karim found guilty

As for me, I once offered a prize to anyone on the internet who could nominate a politician of any country and of any time period who was undoubtedly ans incontroversially honest. The prize has not been earned.

A. Hitler comes pretty close. But nobody realized.
by michael scuffil
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 5553

Re: Reading to the dormitory

Yes, this 5%-or-so correspond with the hegemonic class groupings in British society, and until really quite recently "boarding school survivors" also dominated English literary culture; so down to the mid-C20 – and indeed beyond – we get a massive over-representation of this class in the fiction th...
by michael scuffil
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Ajaz Karim found guilty
Replies: 68
Views: 3258

Re: Ajaz Karim found guilty

As the father of 3 daughters I have one observation. How come, in a co-educational environment, a male teacher was apparently allowed to massage or even mix with naked or semi naked female pupils without a female (teacher, matron) being present? As the father of two daughters, I find that an excell...
by michael scuffil
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Coleridge: the bones
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Coleridge: the bones

Found this curiosity in the Guardian...

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/ ... ine-cellar
by michael scuffil
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal
Replies: 53
Views: 2993

Re: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal

No. Historic sexual abuse is one thing, corporal punishment another. As others have pointed out, corporal punishment was the norm at that time. So was much else which is now considered abusive. A starlet in a Hollywood studio was expected to act as a 'comfort woman' for important male visitors. Her...
by michael scuffil
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Revamping of Christ Church Newgate St
Replies: 13
Views: 1819

Re: Revamping of Christ Church Newgate St

Another change to have occurred in this area is the re-erection of Temple Bar (which once stood in Fleet St. and was removed as an impediment to traffic, being moved to Theobalds Park in Herts.) in a position roughly corresponding to that of the group of cranes in John's bottom picture above.
by michael scuffil
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal
Replies: 53
Views: 2993

Re: Sentence of Peter Webb referred to Court of Appeal

I see Sillett has an MBE for charity work. Ironic that the only thing I remember him for during the 8 years I spent at CH was that we were all terrified of him, his temper and his ´tangents`(using a metre ruler to impart corporal punishment on young boys' bottoms). And you haven't made a complaint ...
by michael scuffil
Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 5553

Re: Reading to the dormitory

Or 'screwing'.

Or 'getting your finger out and getting stuck in' (admonition from impatient female partner, and the true origin of these phrases).
by michael scuffil
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 5553

Re: Reading to the dormitory

I take your point. One might also note that in Germany at least, the 'life reform' people, who embraced things like dress reform (no stiff collars or corsets), vegetarianism, naturism, 'free love', were often fervent Nazis. This was in part because they had a common enemy: the 'bourgeois mentality' ...
by michael scuffil
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 5553

Re: Reading to the dormitory

The trouble with the 'words' in Lady Chatterley is that as the main reason for the book's prohibition, they raised Lawrence almost to the status of martyr. At the trial, the Bishop of Woolwich, author of that work of pop-radical theology, 'Honest to God', when asked to expatiate on the book's 'ethic...