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Post by Lamma looker » Fri Mar 04, 2005 12:39 am

at CH i did notice just how much it rained on sundays. anyone know why?
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the tube!

Post by tobeconfirmed » Fri Mar 04, 2005 6:03 pm

Funny how this topic has digressed to chapel!
I was just going to share a brief but odd experience I had the other day with a member of staff. It was during a routine band parade, and I had to go to the MLD on the top floor of the maths block. I crossed the path of the band perhaps a bit too closely, as they were coming towards me, and an older member of staff went out of his way to walk over to me and ask me what on earth I was doing, crossing the path of the band during the parade. I responded, probably overly frustratedly, "How else was I meant to get to the maths block by 1:25? Using the tube?"
Of course, I said this in order to state clearly that I had no option but to walk across the path at that moment (well, I could've used the quad, in front of the whole school...), but as soon as I mentioned 'tube,' this member of staff went purple, and looked at me as if I was insulting him; or as if I knew something that they didn't, and as if he wanted to shoot me in the face, and walked away subconsciously clenching his fists!

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Post by J.R. » Fri Mar 11, 2005 3:35 pm

.... so back to the Tube.

I distinctly remember, (probably 1958/1959), when I was still in Prep B, on a rainy morning, we were all told that the Tube was out-of-bounds, no matter what the weather.

It transpired that one of the 'bockers' had decided that enough was enough, and suspended himself by his neck to the over-head pipes.

The bocker in question was always a bit of 'strange' character. In hind-sight he always reminded me, (before his death), of a character from a Stephen King type novel. Or, the 'Tall Man', in the 'Phantasm' movies.

Ring any bells with any-one ??

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Post by tobeconfirmed » Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:56 pm

It transpired that one of the 'bockers' had decided that enough was enough, and suspended himself by his neck to the over-head pipes.
That's amazing that the word 'bocker' has been going on so long! I only though it was a recent thing to complement their everincreasing rudeness, impatience, and lack of ability to either understand or speak English.
PS most of them are perfectly nice; although I'm sure everyone will agree that there are always the same few who seem to enjoy being grumpy towards the pupils, even those who ask politely.
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Post by Lamma looker » Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:18 pm

and lack of ability to either understand or speak English
Is CH using immigrant labour these days? In the G.O.D. all we had to cope with was a broad Sussex accent, eminently speakable and understandable.
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Post by jfdawson » Sat Mar 12, 2005 1:14 am

Is CH using immigrant labour these days? In the G.O.D. all we had to cope with was a broad Sussex accent, eminently speakable and understandable.
When I was there many of the bockers seemed to come from Newcastle or Liverpool... not quite the level of immigration you are thinking of, I'm sure, but some of the broader accents took a bit of getting used to!
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Post by Great Plum » Sat Mar 12, 2005 10:29 am

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Is CH using immigrant labour these days? In the G.O.D. all we had to cope with was a broad Sussex accent, eminently speakable and understandable.
When I was there many of the bockers seemed to come from Newcastle or Liverpool... not quite the level of immigration you are thinking of, I'm sure, but some of the broader accents took a bit of getting used to!
Then, we did have a number who came from South Africa - one of them was a trained accountant but was earning 3 times his salary here by serving meals than being an accountant in Jo'burg!
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Post by tobeconfirmed » Sat Mar 12, 2005 4:40 pm

Then, we did have a number who came from South Africa - one of them was a trained accountant but was earning 3 times his salary here by serving meals than being an accountant in Jo'burg!
I remember that dinnerman, his name was Matthew Theron.
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Post by J.R. » Sun Mar 13, 2005 3:17 pm

There were plenty of immigrant staff in the kitchens in the 60's !

Mainly Spanish or Italian.

One real stunner was getting a regular 'seeing-to' by one of the Col B Grecians, who shall remain nameless ! (No ! It wasn't me. I never stayed long enough to get all those buttons !!)

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Post by sejintenej » Sun Mar 13, 2005 9:24 pm

Lamma looker wrote:
and lack of ability to either understand or speak English
Is CH using immigrant labour these days? In the G.O.D. all we had to cope with was a broad Sussex accent, eminently speakable and understandable.
Only a year or two after you we had Italian (male) and Finnish (v e r y female) kitchen staff.
Surprisingly there were no instructions to us about fraternising. I suppose they realised that any attempt would be no more use than hot air.
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Post by Great Plum » Mon Mar 14, 2005 8:12 am

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Then, we did have a number who came from South Africa - one of them was a trained accountant but was earning 3 times his salary here by serving meals than being an accountant in Jo'burg!
I remember that bocker, his name was Matthew Theron.
That;s right - his missus was called Angie...

Anyone remember Luigi (I think that's his name - the Italian guy in the kitchens who has been around for ever) - Apparently he's retiring/ leaving at the end of the term...

And it's good to see that 'bullet proof glasses' Jon is still around...
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Post by ben ashton » Mon Mar 14, 2005 12:10 pm

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Post by graham » Mon Mar 14, 2005 5:55 pm

And it's good to see that 'bullet proof glasses' Jon is still around...
You've got to be joking!!! what about the geordie who was mad about Newcastle utd. I forgot his name but Frank Pattison was always chatting football with him.

I remember that a fairly attractive bocker turned up on my Grecians (96/97) does anyone remember and were there any tales of inappropriateness?

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Post by jfdawson » Mon Mar 14, 2005 6:01 pm

what about the geordie who was mad about Newcastle utd. I forgot his name but Frank Pattison was always chatting football with him.
I certainly remember him! I think he was called Dean, although I might be mistaken. I know that he always called both me and my sister "Sheffield" because we were/are Sheffield Wednesday supporters... which always sounded a bit strange in a strong Geordie accent! I often talked football with him too, and also played football (5-a-side) with him a few times... he wasn't at all bad considering his size!
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Post by Great Plum » Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:10 am

jfdawson wrote:
what about the geordie who was mad about Newcastle utd. I forgot his name but Frank Pattison was always chatting football with him.
I certainly remember him! I think he was called Dean, although I might be mistaken. I know that he always called both me and my sister "Sheffield" because we were/are Sheffield Wednesday supporters... which always sounded a bit strange in a strong Geordie accent! I often talked football with him too, and also played football (5-a-side) with him a few times... he wasn't at all bad considering his size!
Dean also had a couple of greyhounds I think...
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