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by rockfreak
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: When You Left CH, Did You Cease to Have Access to the Musical Instrument You'd Learned How to Play?
Replies: 42
Views: 2738

Re: When You Left CH, Did You Cease to Have Access to the Musical Instrument You'd Learned How to Play?

I think you could probably say that. But I guess youngsters are always one jump ahead. We still don't know when guitars were allowed. In 1958 the cultural commissar Clarence ME Seaman banned pop music from the houses. And there were certainly no guitars back then to my knowledge - not even a bog sta...
by rockfreak
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Annoying car man
Replies: 21
Views: 777

Re: Annoying car man

Some years ago I lived in a block of flats where we were allocated one parking space each. One geezer appeared to be running a second hand car business of some sort and he and his mates' cars would often appear in our spaces, in various states of repair. This was in the days when you had to have a t...
by rockfreak
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 404
Views: 33478

Re: Politics

It's not anti-semitic to draw attention to the very vocal and powerful pro-Jewish and pro-Israel lobbies in this country - because they exist as a matter of fact. Indeed, an Old Blue, Labour MP Martin Linton, once got himself censured in the Commons for some observation he'd made about Israel. I've ...
by rockfreak
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: When You Left CH, Did You Cease to Have Access to the Musical Instrument You'd Learned How to Play?
Replies: 42
Views: 2738

Re: When You Left CH, Did You Cease to Have Access to the Musical Instrument You'd Learned How to Play?

I never did music playing at school. largely because my parents couldn't have afforded it, but also maybe because I'd never shown any inclination for taking it up, perhaps because of the daunting prospect of having to learn to read music, even though I loved music. But after leaving school I develop...
by rockfreak
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 404
Views: 33478

Re: Politics

He's done it again. Freaky gets another letter in this Monday's (27th) Financial Times, replying to one of their anti-Corbyn news stories. "Predictably here comes the historical anti-Labour hysteria from business. How does a race to the bottom on corporation tax help anyone? Germany has a corporatio...
by rockfreak
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Who Knew What?
Replies: 193
Views: 10024

Re: Who Knew What?

Yes, the dentist was Pearsall. I agree with Donsimone. I don't see how an enclosed institution like CH can mimic the broad spread of age, sex, cultures and situations that exist in the outside world. What happens when you try to do this by getting up school discos and little soirees in masters' stud...
by rockfreak
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Roger Martin
Replies: 195
Views: 8203

Re: Roger Martin

One thing leads to another on these sites. I'm sure they'll get back to Roger Martin in due course. By the way, where is Spoony these days? Do you think he's popped his cloggs?
by rockfreak
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Roger Martin
Replies: 195
Views: 8203

Re: Roger Martin

I was born in 1943 and just survived death by doodlebug (so I was told later). My father was away in Germany during the war. No-one is denying the historical list of events that you mention. But my abiding memory of life in Britain was of stuffiness and self-congratulation - probably born of being a...
by rockfreak
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Roger Martin
Replies: 195
Views: 8203

Re: Roger Martin

Yes, poor old Clarence. The 60s would have been a big shock. I, Sejintenej, Michael Scuffil and JR and others on here were of a generation where we had witnessed the stifling and smug atmosphere of the postwar years, and around 1960 I think we were perhaps vaguely aware of a strange but distant rumb...
by rockfreak
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Which prison?
Replies: 13
Views: 1019

Re: Which prison?

What about Oscar Wilde's comment that the accusation against him was a "nonsense case"? Or has that theory been debunked?
by rockfreak
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Parents - Past, Present & Future
Topic: doesnt want us to visit
Replies: 15
Views: 1640

Re: doesnt want us to visit

Does anyone remember the cartoon strip Touchline Dads in an adult comic called Red Card which was a sort of sporting version of Viz? The school probably doesn't want your presence on the touchline in case you all start behaving like a bunch of footie hooligans and embarrassing the kids. Maybe Touchl...
by rockfreak
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: newspaper article re Peter Webb's departure from CH
Replies: 7
Views: 752

Re: newspaper article re Peter Webb's departure from CH

At the risk of rousing Avon from his slumbers I might mention that the proverbial Nick Duffell says in his books that when the press started to pick up on his discovery of Boarding School Survivor Syndrome they led with headlines like "Mr Squeers laid to rest" and "New bugs get squashed".
by rockfreak
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Letter to the Head Master
Replies: 182
Views: 7812

Re: Letter to the Head Master

Was that Polki vs Dayton Services or was that another Polki? I seem to remember Mr Polki cropping up in my research when I once took an ex-employer to a tribunal and wacked the b*ggers for a large sum of money.
by rockfreak
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Expelled
Replies: 152
Views: 12506

Re: Expelled

Back on thread. In my day when people were expelled they were sent straight to the Sicker from their houses after being given the grim (or welcome) news, before being sent home. This always struck me as being a bit like spending your last night in the condemned cell next to the gallows before being ...
by rockfreak
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Expelled
Replies: 152
Views: 12506

Re: Expelled

Yes I've come to the same conclusion JR. Listening to my kids and their friends way back when (and even allowing for a bit of bragging) I got the impression that 14 seemed to be a typical age for some kind of serious sexual involvement. Fascinating how different societies see these things. In our da...