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Re: exploring

Post by Great Plum » Sat Feb 26, 2005 12:19 pm

Jolyon wrote:The tube was a nightmare to explore, and has more urban myths than the Big Cats living on Dartmoor.

Mid-90's there were fire doors between house sections, and doors at the base of the house stairs leading into the tubes. Most of these were never locked, and all of them could be opened, using a bank card, in about 5 seconds.

As for the fabled "Master Key" there were a number of them floating about. But there was more than one key needed anyway. I think there were about 9 keys that you needed to have full access to every where in the school, what with the refits and the different ages of the buildings. I managed to have 4 at one point, mainly due to my resourceful elder brother (he was Flid from Maine B/A 82-89), who gifted me 2.

Thing about CH was that in the warmer weater the security went to hell in a hand cart as so many windows and doors were not locked.

The one thing that made all exploring difficult was the night watchman. Why didnt he just slack off and drink cocoa somewhere and give us all a break!
One of the myths was that there is more than one level of tube - is this true?
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good question

Post by Jolyon » Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:30 pm

the tube did raise and fall a bit, but I never found a "lower level" of the tube. To be honest considering the fairly robust way in which the tube and most of the rest of the buildings were constructed I suspect a lower level is out of the question.

Because of the problems with there being a second big hole under the foundations of all the boarding houses, the fact that a lower level would have been even more costly (and CH has never been fond of spending money just for the sake of it) and the fact that the tube floods so easily all gave me the impression that there was no "lower level".

On a totally practical point what exactly would a lower level be for?

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Post by Great Plum » Sat Feb 26, 2005 2:03 pm

Well, that's what I thought - but it was what the rumours were...
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Post by Hobbit » Sat Feb 26, 2005 3:37 pm

i always thought that there were lower elvels that just carried loads more pipes and stuff, but i never saw any and to be honst i really didnt like teh tube, always seemed so wierd and freaky.
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Post by Cleopatra » Sat Feb 26, 2005 4:20 pm

I heard that the military did chemical research on a group of UF in the 60's which caused incredible mutations. They sealed them into the lower level of the tube, where their hideous grandchildren remain today. Occasionally one of them escapes, but they're usually rounded up quickly, subjected to mind-control drugs, and made to spend the rest of their lives in forced labour as as a "bokker".

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Post by Hendrik » Mon Feb 28, 2005 2:26 pm

i heard something similar, they were called the 'Seriously Mutilated Test-patients', later abbreviated, and served a much more key role within CH.

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smt

Post by Jolyon » Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:28 pm

Does the School Masonic Temple still run stuff? What ever happened to Bob Sillet?

That man was way too connected. He is seriously scary

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Post by Lamma looker » Wed Mar 02, 2005 9:07 pm

BTW the school has a long tradition of chemical jokes. In my day the science crowd would mix up some elixir that would explode when put on hot radiators after a short delay. Scared the bejeezus (originally typed something else there) out of whoever was walking past at the time.
Only just caught up with this. It was something made with potassium permanganate. It actually exploded on contact also. Michael Cherniavsky (junior housemaster in LaA) always put his hand on the radiator when he came into the dayroom for house prayers between 1st and 2nd prep. Naturally he was a frequent target but never learnt.
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Post by menace » Thu Mar 03, 2005 12:37 am

I well remember Cherniavsky - I had him for history for a while. He was promoted to Housemaster of BaB - shock of curly hair and somewhat distracted manner. I believe he is now deceased. Nice guy. Man you go back....

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Post by Lamma looker » Thu Mar 03, 2005 12:53 am

Man you go back....
Don't remind me...

It's surprising what comes crawling out of the memory banks.
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Post by menace » Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:22 am

Lamma looker wrote:
Man you go back....
Don't remind me...

It's surprising what comes crawling out of the memory banks.
No kidding - I'd rather not remember some of it though. Was not always happy, unlike our childhood summers which I KNOW were sunny.

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Post by Lamma looker » Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:34 am

menace wrote:
No kidding - I'd rather not remember some of it though. Was not always happy, unlike our childhood summers which I KNOW were sunny.
But it always rained on Sundays...
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Post by Hendrik » Thu Mar 03, 2005 12:35 pm

in all seriousness though, when i was at CH i did notice just how much it rained on sundays. anyone know why? :? :?:

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Post by jtaylor » Thu Mar 03, 2005 12:37 pm

I might be clutching at straws here, but maybe it was coincidence??!??? :roll:
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Michael Cherniavsky

Post by Rex » Fri Mar 04, 2005 12:37 am

menace wrote:I well remember Cherniavsky - I had him for history for a while. He was promoted to Housemaster of BaB - shock of curly hair and somewhat distracted manner. I believe he is now deceased.
A nice obituary of Michael Cherniavsky by Michael Craton (MA 43-49) is here: http://www.adm.uwaterloo.ca/infoipa/Gaz ... herniavsky

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