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by rockfreak
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Roger Martin
Replies: 195
Views: 11263

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: 11263

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: 1346

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: 2079

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: 1003

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: 10951

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: 14982

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: 14982

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...
by rockfreak
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 439
Views: 39476

Re: Politics

Totally agree. When I left home in the 1960s in an era when private rents were controlled, my little flat in north London (on the Northern line into the West End) was one fifth of my salary. Now it might well be half. Someone had a letter in the Guardian the other day saying just this, that we need ...
by rockfreak
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 439
Views: 39476

Re: Politics

I'm not sure that workers' pay is the whole story when it comes to efficiency. What about all those well-paid German workers and their strong trade unions and the traditionally excellent German productivity and balance of trade figures (exports versus imports)? I wonder if investment (or lack of it)...
by rockfreak
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Karim's sentence hearing
Replies: 110
Views: 5813

Re: Karim's sentence hearing

I had one of my mischievous thoughts the other day. Was it wise of Karim to big up his Ugandan refugee status in his defence? He's perhaps not au fait with Private Eye which use to refer to sexual misdemeanours as Ugandan relations.
by rockfreak
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: The silence of Elizabeth Cairncross
Replies: 4
Views: 782

Re: The silence of Elizabeth Cairncross

The title of this thread sounds a bit like a film by Rainer Fassbinder.
by rockfreak
Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Letter to the Head Master
Replies: 182
Views: 10951

Re: Letter to the Head Master

Replying to Michael 's piece on boarding and the subject generally, I wonder if there is a compromise here in what I believe is a system elsewhere in Europe and particularly in Denmark. This is a mainly state-run system of weekly boarding for youngsters in their mid-teens who are just needing to stu...
by rockfreak
Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Tom Lawson: the interview
Replies: 16
Views: 1678

Re: Tom Lawson: the interview

Yes, nothing surprises me. Nigel Lawson himself has now become a professional climate change denier getting lots of lucre from vested fossil fuel interests. And he's also defected to France with some kind of non dom status which is going to allow him to stay there even after Brexit. He himself was a...
by rockfreak
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 439
Views: 39476

Re: Politics

Freaky gets another of his letters into the Guardian today (Sat). Titled "Brexit risks: food and a weak pound", and challenging the notion that a cheap currency is an unalloyed blessing for our exporters given the countervailing costs of oil and other materials which are traded in dollars, along wit...