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by rockfreak
Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Underachieving at CH
Replies: 15
Views: 616

Re: Underachieving at CH

I have been posting on Nick Duffell's sites ever since I read his books 'The Making of Them' and 'Wounded Leaders'. I sent him emails about my experiences at Christ's Hospital and in later life and he asked if I would put these up on his sites. His late co-worker Rob Bland happened to be at CH in th...
by rockfreak
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Underachieving at CH
Replies: 15
Views: 616

Re: Underachieving at CH

Janey Jam-Jar is a wonderful moniker. How did she come by it? Everyone should be required to post and explain how they dreamed up their moniker.
by rockfreak
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Deputy Head Writes...
Replies: 29
Views: 1160

Re: The Deputy Head Writes...

I haven't always found myself in agreement with Sejintenej but I do agree that the vague and modern-day jargon-esque language used is what you might expect from a politician asked by a newspaper for a quote. Or even from a Deputy Headmistress asked to justify an educational system that only seven pe...
by rockfreak
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Science teaching in the 50's
Replies: 37
Views: 4247

Re: Science teaching in the 50's

Drinking is a thoroughly worthwhile academic discipline and there should be a PhD in it.
by rockfreak
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Underachieving at CH
Replies: 15
Views: 616

Underachieving at CH

The minute my mother knew that I was going to CH she was on the phone to everyone she knew telling them the good news. It was the chance of a lifetime. Especially in 1952. To make matters worse my sponsor was an old boy of the school and a senior governor. The weight of expectation was on my shoulde...
by rockfreak
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 390
Views: 29534

Re: Politics

Steve Hilton gets a good slagging off from Nick Cohen in this Sunday's Observer. Hilto now appears to have completed a journey from left to right. Starting off by claiming to endorse old-fashioned one-nation conservatism in the Tory party he is now a regular on Murdoch's Fox News, hosting all sorts ...
by rockfreak
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 390
Views: 29534

Re: Politics

I'm just picking myself up off the floor. Avon and I are on the same side of the fence for once. I know that opinion polls aren't totally reliable but the last four have put Remain in the ascendancy by anything from two to six points. Foureyes's language skills and parental ancestry are all very wel...
by rockfreak
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 390
Views: 29534

Re: Politics

Went on the Anti-Brexit march in London today. About 100,000 there I reckon. Most of the banners bigging up the fact hat we'd been lied to and only another referendum nearer to Brexit will be the answer. Right on cue Airbus and BMW put their heads above the parapet and voiced their concerns. How wil...
by rockfreak
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Remaining Trials.
Replies: 19
Views: 1123

Re: The Remaining Trials.

Someone said that the papers would be interested in cases such as these. Which papers? And which broadcast media outlets? I read the Guardian for my main paper and try to get an occasional look at other broadsheets now and then but I've never seen or heard a peep of these cases in the courts. I've o...
by rockfreak
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 15
Views: 1043

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

So sad, the closure. Even in the preliminary stages the evidence was shaping up to sound like some of the worst nightmares of Caitlin Moran.
by rockfreak
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 134
Views: 4495

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

I'm pleased that Nick Duffell and Dr Joy Scheverien's work with boarding school survivors is being well aired on this site. Now not everyone has a bad experience at these places but of those who did Nick makes the points that they are psychologically made to feel guilty along the lines of: "Well you...
by rockfreak
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 134
Views: 4495

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

Bakunin, I've learnt to ignore the argumentative and illogical ravings of Sejintenej (whom I remember from my time at CH in the 1950s). He uses any excuse to indulge in screeds of obscure and unevidenced rambling and sometimes abuse. It's a nuisance when you find trolling on a private site like this...
by rockfreak
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?
Replies: 33
Views: 1269

Re: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?

Since we mention Steeleye and Peter Knight I've been checking out old videos on You Tube and Knight's fiddle playing is shown wonderfully on "Steeleye Span: Old Maid in the Garret/Tam Lin" where an old Irish folk favourite is segued into a spirited reel. Maddy Pryor had at this time been joined by G...
by rockfreak
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 134
Views: 4495

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

It sounds to me as if Michael Scuffil had the good fortune of a fairly relaxed regime under Page and Killer (who seems to have been quite the opposite in peacetime). In my last year I remember Nicholas Cox saying to me that he felt he was sitting on a volcano. I too felt that for much of my time the...
by rockfreak
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 134
Views: 4495

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

Alterblu, you're misquoting me. It wasn't me who said that I had an awful time of it at CH. Actually I coped pretty well all things considered. But I understand those who did have an awful time of it. My parents always said that CH had changed me although they wouldn't say in what way. So for many y...