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by rockfreak
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library
Replies: 17
Views: 910

Re: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library

Certainly NOT in the CH library at the time, as THAT court case was in progress, but someone, somehow managed to get a copy of 'Lady Chatterly's Lover' into school. Now that WAS an eye opener at such a tender age !! Attitudes to sex were changing at precisely this time. As the unfortunate Philip La...
by rockfreak
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 132
Views: 9980

Re: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?

Ho ho! An evangelical from York has replied in the Guardian to my letter. He says that if Eurovision featured the tuneful songs of his local congregation we might win the competition one year. Well done sir, for a pithy and humorous response. Several members of my family were religious as well as my...
by rockfreak
Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 132
Views: 9980

Re: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?

Freaky's latest letter to the Guardian, 9 September, under the heading "Whether or not to disestablish the C of E". I run it out here in full because it touches on points already made in this thread. I was replying to Giles Fraser in his Guardian column "Loose Canon". It was interesting because Fras...
by rockfreak
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 344
Views: 22643

Re: Politics

Contrary to Avon's mutterings, 74 is the perfect age to be sending letters to the Guardian, as Freaky proves today (30th) with his latest missive which goes under the heading "Economic recovery depends on spending". This may seem a pretty obvious point but the question is "whose spending"? Writing i...
by rockfreak
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Roy Salisbury
Replies: 5
Views: 435

Re: Roy Salisbury

I remember the name, but that's all. I don't remember any medicals in London. I do remember the address 26 Great Tower Street, I remember where I sat for the Almoner's exam - who sat opposite me and who sat at the end of the table, but I don't remember any medicals. I do remember a medical my first...
by rockfreak
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Happy Birthday Freaky !!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 343

Re: Happy Birthday Freaky !!!!

Give some examples of my broken brained letters and I'll try and engage. Thanks for the good wishes JR. Your old mates in the Bill came to our rescue two weeks ago, My middle daughter was getting married to her long-time girlfriend. She and two bridesmaids were staying overnight at an apartment on t...
by rockfreak
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sharks
Replies: 14
Views: 1024

Re: Sharks

I'm not suggesting the painting actually frightened anyone (at least pre-Jaws) but it still seemed to me typical of a certain lack of joie de vivre which existed at the time (the 1950s), particularly in the boarding schools. I suppose that the work was typical of the age of romantic painting and poe...
by rockfreak
Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sharks
Replies: 14
Views: 1024

Sharks

Today's Guardian Review, which on a Saturday features books, gave me a nasty dose of deja vu when two recent books about sharks were reviewed and up popped a familiar picture. Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley, a disturbing vision of an ethereal looking naked blond man floating in the br...
by rockfreak
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 344
Views: 22643

Re: Politics

This takes me back to my history lessons at CH when Chern was always telling us about trouble in the "Balkanth".

On another note, is there a sudden absence from JR or is it that he doesn't have anything to say? Any news of him?
by rockfreak
Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 344
Views: 22643

Re: Politics

Re. Michael Scuffil's comment about privatisation rules in the EU, Larry Elliott in today's Guardian talks about the gradual drift in the EU towards neoliberalism, less state aid, balanced budgets and outsourcing. I sometimes think that economics is like pop music or clothes; there's an inevitable d...
by rockfreak
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 344
Views: 22643

Re: Politics

Freaky does it again! Another letter in today's Guardian (24 June). Along the lines of "The 70s wasn't so bad". Ha ha! Already I can hear Banker Brown grinding his teeth and muttering darkly about unions, strikes, three-day weeks, etc. Actually he might also have mentioned flares, idiotic suits with...
by rockfreak
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 344
Views: 22643

Re: Politics

Freaky does it again. Another letter in the FT (today, 19 June). Exhorting British businessmen to shout their misgivings about Brexit before it's too late. If I read it correctly and we jump off the cliff onto WTO rules and have to pay tariffs on our exports and imports for the foreseeable future, B...
by rockfreak
Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RESEARCH
Replies: 60
Views: 3297

Re: RESEARCH

It sounds positively civilised and cultural Katharine. We got turned out into the local countryside on our whole holiday to do...well, I don't know what. We just got turned out, from age 12 onwards. No-one worried about whether we might come to any harm. I don't know of anyone who did. When we came ...
by rockfreak
Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 344
Views: 22643

Re: Politics

Ian Paisley has gone but Arlene Foster appears to be a bit of a chip off the old block. She's got a voice like broken glass in a blender. At least there's no cries of No Popery this time round but instead we've got No Gropery, as far as Lesbians are concerned. And if it all continues in this unsatis...
by rockfreak
Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 344
Views: 22643

Re: Politics

Well that was a turn-up for the books, wasn't it. The Maybot's software providers failed to provide her with enough varied programming. But for those of us who remembers the 70s we see the return to influence of that familiar tribe, the gaggle of garrulous Ulster Protestants asking for favours, in t...