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by Avon
Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 341
Views: 21089

Re: Politics

I think it is elitist to rail against History of Art; it has been a proven means of getting jolly nice but fundamentally opaque children to university for many years.

Also were it not for HofA, Kate Middleton wouldn't have been able to chase William all the way to St Andrews and get her man.
by Avon
Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 341
Views: 21089

Re: Politics

Replying to Sejintenej - I wasn't really referring to CH, I was talking more about the elite, expensive public schools where these days they seem to have state of the art drama, music and arts centres and coaches to match. Meanwhile, the state schools get trimmed back by comparison. But at least an...
by Avon
Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: pretty boys
Replies: 3
Views: 836

Re: pretty boys

One from my generation was so pretty that he had to rename himself.
by Avon
Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Allegations of abuse in today's news
Replies: 45
Views: 4822

Re: Allegations of abuse in today's news

And Avon, whether you agree with me or not, I don't think that anyone could be in any doubt about what I'm on about. Er, apart from me, who posted basically along the lines of 'what are you on about?' But I understand that any effort to provide logic, evidence and reason have always taken second pl...
by Avon
Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Allegations of abuse in today's news
Replies: 45
Views: 4822

Re: Allegations of abuse in today's news

rockfreak wrote:I'd be happier to engage with Banker Brown's posts if he could provide more solid, independent evidence for his sweeping assertions. To put it bluntly - what the hell is he on about?
What on earth are you talking about?
by Avon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:50 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Allegations of abuse in today's news
Replies: 45
Views: 4822

Re: Allegations of abuse in today's news

Can anyone say who was at CH in the 80s or 90s that they are surprised by these allegations? I mean given that school policy was to actively encourage a hierarchical structure that promoted bullying and borderline abuse? Nope - I was there mid 80's to early 90's. I'm not surprised. In fact, purely ...
by Avon
Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: PETITION: Is 26% Full-Fee Paying Pupils Too High?
Replies: 104
Views: 6942

Re: PETITION: Is 26% Full-Fee Paying Pupils Too High?

So... six months later, what news from Mafeking?

What are the ratios in the new intake?
by Avon
Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Old Blue County cricketers
Replies: 27
Views: 2896

Re: Old Blue County cricketers

rockfreak wrote:How do you know they're just my prejudices? You might find they're quite widely shared, although maybe not on public school websites peopled by establishment automatons.
And where did I imply they were 'just' your prejudices?
by Avon
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Old Blue County cricketers
Replies: 27
Views: 2896

Re: Old Blue County cricketers

Talking of Newbolt, Michael, I've researched him a bit further and he was apparently at Clifton College with Douglas Haig, who went on to Oxford and joined the Bullingdon, and was subsequently General "Butcher" Haig who consigned God knows how many young men to their deaths in World War One, sendin...
by Avon
Sun May 29, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The New Headmaster.
Replies: 26
Views: 2779

Re: The New Headmaster.

davidtaplin wrote:Good plan. We need a discussion on the 2017-2027 strategy of the school and the FFP% reduction process.
OK. Off you go then. What news from Mafeking?
by Avon
Tue May 24, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The New Headmaster.
Replies: 26
Views: 2779

Re: The New Headmaster.

I used to love face down abseiling - wearing the descender at the back of the harness and therefore being able to sprint down the rock face in huge, arcing jumps. Great fun, it just took a leap of faith at the top and a bit of gravity awareness at the bottom!
by Avon
Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:01 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: PETITION: Is 26% Full-Fee Paying Pupils Too High?
Replies: 104
Views: 6942

Re: PETITION: Is 26% Full-Fee Paying Pupils Too High?

Another bit of focus then. As a data point, the pupil ratios have a beat rate of one per year - in September. So do we expect to see a more acceptable ratio in September 2016 which is already only 5 months away and I daresay some of the pupils are already selected. Or September 2017?
by Avon
Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: PETITION: Is 26% Full-Fee Paying Pupils Too High?
Replies: 104
Views: 6942

Re: PETITION: Is 26% Full-Fee Paying Pupils Too High?

Perhaps. But do you want to win the point or have a virtuous debate? A bit of devil's advocacy here. Suppose you were up against a campaign that set itself the modest target of, say, 1500 or so votes. That campaign fails to get 1000 votes. What do you feel about the credibility and impact of that ca...
by Avon
Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: PETITION: Is 26% Full-Fee Paying Pupils Too High?
Replies: 104
Views: 6942

Re: PETITION: Is 26% Full-Fee Paying Pupils Too High?

Anyone thought about generating a bit of media interest on this? 'Charity school turns its back on charity?' Hyperbole of course but might draw the debate onto the open. Responses from the powers that be are frankly anodyne.
by Avon
Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Giving back to CH - some ideas....
Replies: 11
Views: 1108

Re: Giving back to CH - some ideas....

There was a proposal made some years back that C H should be transferred back to the London area. it was certainly discussed at the highest level but considered impractical. What would they done with the Horsham site ? Q Interestingly a former head who now seems to be an active supporter of 1552 wa...