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cold showers and brown water

Post by Hobbit » Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:21 pm

does anyone remember teh wondeful colour of the water throught eh lav ends taps? especially after a holiday? or if you were one of the last in the shower how there was no hot water........fun fun
just got remindined by my uni halls once again not having hot water.

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Cold Showers - baths more like!

Post by DavebytheSea » Wed Mar 02, 2005 6:27 pm

Does anyone else remember the compulsory cold baths that were de riguer in Prep B in Mr Pink's reign? ..... after prayers and nose-blowing at the end of the beds, the queues of shivering little boys that were required one after the other to plunge right into a bath fillled to the brim with ice cold water?

As for brown water, there was nothing to beat the happy social occasion when four boys at a time would share the tepid brown soup of the Middleton A trough after rugby on Little Side. Christ's Hospital cows were grazed there during the holidays so that the opening matches of term produced an authentic farmyard odour guaranteed to overcome the problems of smelly armpits in the days before deoderants were ever considered worthy of use by the healthy adolescent male.
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Post by Lamma looker » Wed Mar 02, 2005 8:54 pm

four boys at a time would share the tepid brown soup of the Middleton A trough after rugby
Only four? In LaA everybody went in the trough after a game and the water by the end of it was the colour of brown windsor soup and the consistency of oxtail. Especially nasty after a wet-weather game of "touch" rugby on the patch of ground by the 1stXV pitch.

Do you recall the 4 inch mark in the lav end baths? This was a relic of wartime "rationing" (saving on hot water I assume) and one was in deep poo if caught bathing in deeper than the regulation water level.
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Post by ray day » Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:19 pm

Brown water wasn't the only hazzard - in Col A, (I guess because we were near to the watertower) we often turned on the bath tap & got feathers & 'bits' along with the water - those pigeons got everywhere!

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Re: Cold Showers - baths more like!

Post by J.R. » Thu Nov 10, 2005 1:16 pm

DavebytheSea wrote:Does anyone else remember the compulsory cold baths that were de riguer in Prep B in Mr Pink's reign? ..... after prayers and nose-blowing at the end of the beds, the queues of shivering little boys that were required one after the other to plunge right into a bath fillled to the brim with ice cold water?

As for brown water, there was nothing to beat the happy social occasion when four boys at a time would share the tepid brown soup of the Middleton A trough after rugby on Little Side. Christ's Hospital cows were grazed there during the holidays so that the opening matches of term produced an authentic farmyard odour guaranteed to overcome the problems of smelly armpits in the days before deoderants were ever considered worthy of use by the healthy adolescent male.
It hadn't changed 10 years later, Dave, though the housemaster was Alan Eagle.

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Post by Andy Friend » Fri Nov 11, 2005 8:08 am

Brown water; now that brings back memories!!!

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Post by Hannoir » Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:42 pm

i remember going back to help with entrance exams, i turned the shower on and it was all brown.

repulsive.

but i let it run for a while and it returned to being clear.
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Post by englishangel » Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:06 am

No showers at Hertford, baths on alternate nights by rota.

Juniors used all the hot water so sixth form always got cold baths.

No nose blowing (I do remember this being in a copy of the Blue of my era tho') but our housemistress (Mrs Winstone) gave us 2 senokot for the first three Saturday nights each term in case the change in the water made us constipated.

Also in the winter the lowest 2 years got a spoonful of malt a day after breakfast.

Was this only in 2's?

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Post by J.R. » Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:19 am

englishangel wrote:No showers at Hertford, baths on alternate nights by rota.

Juniors used all the hot water so sixth form always got cold baths.

No nose blowing (I do remember this being in a copy of the Blue of my era tho') but our housemistress (Mrs Winstone) gave us 2 senokot for the first three Saturday nights each term in case the change in the water made us constipated.

Also in the winter the lowest 2 years got a spoonful of malt a day after breakfast.

Was this only in 2's?
Oh Come On, Angel !

She just loved waiting up to hear the patter of running tootsies, and the sound of.......................... :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
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Post by englishangel » Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:23 am

J.R. wrote:
englishangel wrote:No showers at Hertford, baths on alternate nights by rota.

Juniors used all the hot water so sixth form always got cold baths.

No nose blowing (I do remember this being in a copy of the Blue of my era tho') but our housemistress (Mrs Winstone) gave us 2 senokot for the first three Saturday nights each term in case the change in the water made us constipated.

Also in the winter the lowest 2 years got a spoonful of malt a day after breakfast.

Was this only in 2's?
Oh Come On, Angel !

She just loved waiting up to hear the patter of running tootsies, and the sound of.......................... :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
:lol: We used to palm them and throw them away. This was Hertford not Outer Mongolia.

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Post by Euterpe13 » Tue Nov 15, 2005 1:57 pm

Indeed - though some of us saved them for unmentionable revenge purposes " is the bottom dropping out of your world ?...)
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Post by englishangel » Tue Nov 15, 2005 2:12 pm

Euterpe13 wrote:Indeed - though some of us saved them for unmentionable revenge purposes " is the bottom dropping out of your world ?...)
My husband had a friend at uni. who would 'borrow' any food that wasn't padlocked away, until the day the chocolate was primed with Ex-lax

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Post by AKAP » Tue Nov 15, 2005 3:46 pm

Does anyone know for sure if there was or wasn't bromide in the kiff.

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Post by DavebytheSea » Tue Nov 15, 2005 4:35 pm

englishangel wrote:
No nose blowing (I do remember this being in a copy of the Blue of my era tho') but our housemistress (Mrs Winstone) gave us 2 senokot for the first three Saturday nights each term in case the change in the water made us constipated.

Also in the winter the lowest 2 years got a spoonful of malt a day after breakfast.

Was this only in 2's?
We had cascara - the infamous "Black Draught"

Euterpe13 wrote:Indeed - though some of us saved them for unmentionable revenge purposes " is the bottom dropping out of your world ?...)
Or could it be, indeed, the world dropping out of your ..........?
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Post by J.R. » Wed Nov 16, 2005 3:50 pm

AKAP wrote:Does anyone know for sure if there was or wasn't bromide in the kiff.
This rumour circulated at Housey when I was there.

If they DID, it didn't work !
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