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Re: Favourite teacher

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:12 pm
by menace2
Michael, I am afraid I must disagree with your assessment of Macnutt. I had the good fortune of only seeing him in the classroom - I was in MaA. After 4 years of his tutelage - and being referred to as "an animated waste paper basket" - I can assure you that his classes were rigorously analytical and stylistic. No rote with "Fat" Macnutt. His infamous composition pieces (beautifully printed) demanded a lot more than rote and he marked on far more than "rules". Of course it does not mitigate his faults in other areas of conduct, and I am grateful I did not have to deal with those.

A propos of nothing - I do remember other greatly influential teachers of my time such as Jesson-Dibley, Tim Law, and several others from that era already mentioned in this thread. It was a very difficult transitional period for CH, I saw the end of HLOFlecker and the start of CME Seaman. The latter I got to know quite well, and developed a late respect for him. It is reassuring for such as I to see how far the place has come.

Who remembers the article in the Blue written by the Griffin twins in PeA, then run by the notorious Beavan? Ending in the mythical quote "Brightest lamp of our declining years, burgeoning ever verdant" - still cannot fathom how they got that past the editorial board.

Re: Favourite teacher

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:24 pm
by michael scuffil
Were you a classicist, Pat? If so, I daresay quite different criteria apply. I only had Macnutt in my UF year, where I'm afraid it was just learning rules and reading Res Gestae (and bits of the Aeneid).

I had considerable respect for Seaman, though he couldn't really come to terms with the 60s.

Re: Favourite teacher

Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:52 am
by menace2
Yes classics and one of his fortunate scholars

Re: David Jesson-Dibley

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:56 pm
by Martin Hayman
michael scuffil wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:11 pm
And who were my favourite teachers:
the late David Jesson Dibley
Yes, an inspiration, and the defining experience of my education at CH

Re: Favourite teacher

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:52 am
by postwarblue
Boom McNutt took me through Herodotus in UF and it was plod plod plod as I remember although I liked Herodotus in translation later in life. He sat at his desk I suppose composing his Ximines crosswords for the Observer while I, unnoticed, wrote out all the Greek propositions on the cover of my Greek Grammar because I could never remember them otherwise. I knew nothing of his sadistic proclivities until I read about them in Norman Longmate's 'A Shaping Season'.

David J-D I warmed to and enjoyed his classes, just as I did those of Gad Malins, in sharp contrast to the dull unimaginative pedantry of Kit Aitken and CO Healey.