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by rockfreak
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Tom Lawson: the interview
Replies: 9
Views: 387

Re: Tom Lawson: the interview

Full marks to him for having turned down politics or journalism after having got a PPE degree at Oxford. Oxford's PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) is so useless as to be positively lethal. Look at who got one. David Cameron got a double first in the Economics bit and Nigel Lawson also passed...
by rockfreak
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 4937

Re: Reading to the dormitory

I remember The Cruel Sea, which John Page approved of because it was the 'Cadet' edition. As soon as he had gone, the non-cadet edition was substituted, which contained some pretty juicy passages. On another occasion, we chose Duncan Webb's memoirs. Duncan Webb was a crime reporter on the 'People' ...
by rockfreak
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: HOUSEY SLANG
Replies: 76
Views: 4957

Re: HOUSEY SLANG

Elsewhere on the site some of the girls have said they resented their punishments at Hertford - in some cases being condemned to be silent for ten minutes: a draconian punishment for a woman. I haven't got time to trawl this forum for reports of punishments at Hertford but I do think your last phra...
by rockfreak
Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: HOUSEY SLANG
Replies: 76
Views: 4957

Re: HOUSEY SLANG

There was a programme on television on corporal punishment last night John. Strangely they neglected to mention our old housemaster. And they only touched briefly on the sado-masochistic side of things. Le Vice Anglais was always thought to be the result of young upper class people being sent to sin...
by rockfreak
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: HOUSEY SLANG
Replies: 76
Views: 4957

Re: HOUSEY SLANG

Yes, I'm of your vintage Keith. Crug and Flab. Although when I went up into the senior school I got haughtily told off for calling it Crug. It was apparently Bread in the Upper. How typical of the English boarding school. Thus do those above us seek to put us down with sneering pedantic corrections....
by rockfreak
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr
Replies: 83
Views: 4807

Re: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr

Painters of yore seem to have been a bit more worldly and earthy. Hylas is positively restrained in comparison with Bronzino' s 'Allegory of Cupid and Venus' in the National and dating from the sixteenth century; a positive paean to heavy petting between what appears to be a fourteen year old Cupid ...
by rockfreak
Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr
Replies: 83
Views: 4807

Re: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr

Now that the Harvey Weinstein revelations have come tumbling out it may be that people, and witnesses, will be encouraged to shout at the time, rather than bottle it up and complain later. This is precisely what the #MeToo movement is trying to encourage. I have three daughters and they tell me that...
by rockfreak
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr
Replies: 83
Views: 4807

Re: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr

It may be that today's greater readiness to come forward and complain (and be believed) will aid prosecutions. I can see what MS is saying in that the longer these things disappear into the mists of time the harder it is to get at the facts.
by rockfreak
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr
Replies: 83
Views: 4807

Re: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr

Last night's ITV documentary by Alex Renton showed up the reluctance of the boarding school authorities and bodies like the Independent Schools Couuncil to allow these scandals to spread too widely. Offenders were allowed to quietly leave and in some cases were still given references for jobs at oth...
by rockfreak
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 372
Views: 27608

Re: Politics

Yo! Our splinter group Sisters Uncut have just invaded the red carpet at the BAFTAs and held the proceedings up for a while, just as they did at the premiere of Suffragette. So the posh, smooth, privately educated La Lumley had to put her silly speech on hold for a while.
by rockfreak
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr
Replies: 83
Views: 4807

Re: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr

That sounds a bit cryptic John. Hope things aren't going to be too bad.
by rockfreak
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: UK’s Top Schools - where’s CH?
Replies: 10
Views: 797

Re: UK’s Top Schools - where’s CH?

Unfortunately these league tables never seem to measure how many decent, responsible, socially concerned people may emerge from particular schools. But I imagine that sort of measurement would horrify today's Tory party and particularly the likes of Michael "Gradgrind" Gove.
by rockfreak
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr
Replies: 83
Views: 4807

Re: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr

On one occasion that I know of the activities certainly were notified to the parents by letter. This was in the Seaman era. I wonder if these antics are described as peccadilloes because they so often seem to involve someone's pecker? Sexual abuse seems to be, er, popping up everywhere these days. O...
by rockfreak
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Home visit from a busar
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: Home visit from a busar

What should you expect from a busar? A few rounds of drinks presumably.
by rockfreak
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr
Replies: 83
Views: 4807

Re: Date of sentencing of Webb and Burr

Chrissie Boy makes some interesting points about master/pupil relations and bragging rights in terms of sexual experience. In his diaries Evelyn Waugh records a liaison which was uncovered at his boarding school and observes that the reputation of the pupil concerned would not have stood any scrutin...