Search found 465 matches

by rockfreak
Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 390
Views: 29467

Re: Politics

I don't think that anyone is contesting that bad regulation is the problem. Unfortunately it's impossible to get close to government to protest these days. Parliament is surrounded by a ring of steel (or concrete) and my letters to my local (Tory) MP always get a reply containing what you might call...
by rockfreak
Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:05 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 390
Views: 29467

Re: Politics

Yes, and HSBC is the biggest rotten apple in a pile of rotten apples when it comes to tax avoidance and evasion. The Tax Justice Network estimates that we lose something like £100 billion a year this way, enough to sort out our financial problems overnight rather than bleeding dry those at the botto...
by rockfreak
Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 390
Views: 29467

Re: Politics

They used not to be up to their tricks John until Nigel Lawson deregulated them in 1986 - when the functions of the investment banks and the retail banks were merged. Up till then the investment banks (or merchant banks as we used to call them) knew that if they played fast and loose they would not ...
by rockfreak
Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 390
Views: 29467

Re: Politics

Freaky gets yet another of his letters into the Guardian (20 March) challenging young Gideon's lies about the economy ("What the chancellor didn't put in his budget"). I do love that episode in The Revolution will be Televised where they waylay him as he goes in to make his Mansion House speech and ...
by rockfreak
Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Constant Lambert
Replies: 13
Views: 1483

Constant Lambert

Richard suggests a thread on CH's famous composer. I don't think there is one but apologies if I'm about to cover stuff that's already on the site. There's some very good left-field info about Lambert in the sleeve notes of two CDs that I've got, both on the Hyperion label, one is Summer's Last Will...
by rockfreak
Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: William Glock
Replies: 3
Views: 859

Re: William Glock

Yes I agree about Lambert even though he is on record as saying that he wasn't very happy at CH. His great love was ballet and he was the first British composer to compose for Diaghilev's Ballet Russe. His ballets don't seem to get performed these days, certainly not at the main London venues.
by rockfreak
Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: William Glock
Replies: 3
Views: 859

William Glock

Notable omission on the CH Old Blues section in Wikipedia of William Glock, who successfully ran the Third Programme after the war (what we now call Radio 3) and who was feted for having revitalised the Proms at this time to include modern (often avant garde) composers and to revive the works of neg...
by rockfreak
Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 132
Views: 11846

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

Right Annie. I'm absolutely sure he wasn't an OB. It's easy enough to check out on Wikipedia, which I haven't actually done yet.
by rockfreak
Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 132
Views: 11846

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

Freaky gets one of his periodic letters to the Guardian today (24 Feb) under the heading "The deep religious roots of censorship". Pondering on, after recent events in France and Denmark, how far the Christian church has tolerated different types of religious imagery, after the Grauniad's art critic...
by rockfreak
Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury
Replies: 73
Views: 17789

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Further to my last post, I read in the sports pages recently that one England forward finds it hurts to shampoo his head the day after a match, and Wales's Sam Warburton has such dodgy knees that he hangs onto the banisters when climbing the stairs. He's 26.
by rockfreak
Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 390
Views: 29467

Re: Politics

In reply to Donsimone. While I personally feel that the Euro is unsustainable and will probably implode of its own contradictions one day, I do feel that there are some things we can only do in tandem with the rest of Europe. Dealing with the offshore tax havens is one; damping down damagingly specu...
by rockfreak
Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:50 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 390
Views: 29467

Re: Politics

It's official. Thatcherism has failed. The OECD last week tells us that there's been trickle-up rather than trickle-down. But I think we knew that anyway, didn't we? It's a sobering thought that the three Labour MPs (I think it's three?) produced over the years have been nullified by the beast that ...
by rockfreak
Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:37 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Bullying & Abuse - Take II
Replies: 132
Views: 23004

Re: Bullying & Abuse - Take II

I'll stay out of the political argument for now but as regards Col B I left at the end of the winter term 1954 and remember Leach and Dickinson (as an unusual boy of 11 or so, reading Gibbon in the swirling beargarden of the dayroom). My swab in the last term, in which I had just become a monitor, ...
by rockfreak
Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:25 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Bullying & Abuse - Take II
Replies: 132
Views: 23004

Re: Bullying & Abuse - Take II

Leaving any school in the 1960s was the easy bit. Anyone could get a job of some sort and get on if they worked hard. I came from a working class north London background, had family in the north and Scotland, and I didn't know anyone who was unemployed back then. There were training schemes, apprent...
by rockfreak
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:28 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Bullying & Abuse - Take II
Replies: 132
Views: 23004

Re: Bullying & Abuse - Take II

Hah! If you think you have a problem with people not wanting to pay taxes, come to New England and see just how bad it can be. Inthe 21st century, in what is still the richest country in the world, we get our water from a well and our sewage goes into a septic tank because voters wil not pay for mu...