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by wurzel
Mon May 20, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 486
Views: 48540

Re: Politics

One Old Blue who has not lost his activism is Mark Thomas, I just wish he still had his TV show as a vehicle for the big "in your face" stings he used to pull off (The arms fair one was the best closely followed by his float in the Lord Mayor's show
by wurzel
Fri May 10, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Dates of birth of convicted abusers
Replies: 45
Views: 2195

Re: Dates of birth of convicted abusers

Although a matter of detail, as to preparing specifically for WW1, I refute that, as well. I cannot recall any training in the CCF for trench warfare or other purely WW1 tactics. The .303 Lee-Enfield was still in use in the 1950s and the tactics taught in the CCF appertained to WW2 and later campai...
by wurzel
Thu May 09, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 6124

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

I think it is a little less Black and White - if you want to get into the mechanics of it then you need to compare the elasticity of demand and the elasticity of supply - during the war supply could not be increased and was less than the free market demand by so much that free market supply and dema...
by wurzel
Thu May 09, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Poulton, Cairncross, Sillett
Replies: 21
Views: 1194

Re: Poulton, Cairncross, Sillett

I guess the inclusion or not in phase 2 will depend upon the funding the inquiry has, how many institutions it can therefore effectively concentrate on and how they "rank" (sorry horrible word to use as it makes it appear i believe anything is acceptable, I don't just cant think of a better word) co...
by wurzel
Wed May 08, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Trial of Gary William Dobbie
Replies: 328
Views: 12499

Re: Trial of Gary William Dobbie

I think when using the facebook term "friends" you have to remember that means "socially linked to" not like real world usage of friends as meaning "a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection"
by wurzel
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 76
Views: 6509

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

"random punishments" which meant a dep caught with some home brew could get a harsher punishment than an LE caught legless on Vodka for the 2nd or 3rd time (not sure if that actually happened but the concept struck me as very unfair at the time) Just not true - this must be a urban (rural) rumour. ...
by wurzel
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 76
Views: 6509

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

i remember the rumour at the time was he fell out with the council as he wanted to be his own man and then they hunted and forced him out due to accounting irregularities which were rumoured to include pushing monies meant for the Heads entertaining into helping subsidise student activities instead....
by wurzel
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Hammer blows to CH finances
Replies: 39
Views: 3356

Re: Hammer blows to CH finances

I would suspect that is fees become VATable then the fact the school is now split as school and then the foundation "buyng"places for foundationers would mean that non foundationers paid VAT but the charity "the foundation" was able to reclaim VAT on the fees it paid the school for educating it's fo...
by wurzel
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Vegetarians
Replies: 12
Views: 1038

Re: Vegetarians

My Mate Time "Veggie" was strictly vegetarian throughout our time at CH in the 80's and there was for the first 5 years no provision other than the fact Dr Hoskyns prescribed him Cheddar & Apples to be administered by Matron he just didnt eat the meat part of meals. Remember this is also the days wh...
by wurzel
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Explanation of the 'Tube'
Replies: 47
Views: 9716

Re: Explanation of the 'Tube'

I still have quite vivid memories of the tube network having spent many happy hours walking and smoking in it. One of my usual activities was removing a light bulb, placing a coin in the socket, replacing the bulb and switching the light back on. The resulting darkness allowing me further protectio...
by wurzel
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 51
Views: 3783

Re: Attitudes to sports

80's we had Rugby in Michaelmas, Hockey or Football in Lent and Cricket/athletics in Summer. I think Football had been introduced by Hailey, he definitely seemed to be the force behind it. By then we had coaching in Rugby even in junior houses although it was obviously not up to club standards. Ther...
by wurzel
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: All this is incredibly sad
Replies: 163
Views: 12153

Re: All this is incredibly sad

Up until the block system came into being I would say that as the population of the senior houses were at least partly self selected you would end up with people with similar interests banding together and creating a "house culture" which would take a major event (like the block system) to disrupt. ...
by wurzel
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: REMOVAL OF CHOBA MEMBERSHIP
Replies: 34
Views: 3386

Re: REMOVAL OF CHOBA MEMBERSHIP

Very true - if this it to become a "remove CHOBA membership for all old blues with a criminal conviction" thread, naming them all, it will become very long thread
by wurzel
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: REMOVAL OF CHOBA MEMBERSHIP
Replies: 34
Views: 3386

Re: REMOVAL OF CHOBA MEMBERSHIP

Pretty sure 2 years not 4 as she started in her deps one of the first 3 girls the year before the merger with Sarah Jeffers & Sidonia Porteus, her sister Kate did 4 years but started the following year i think.
by wurzel
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Looking for....
Topic: Old Blue Scientists???
Replies: 10
Views: 2313

Re: Old Blue Scientists???

Since the 80s at least, the general attitude had been to look down on science, as far as I can tell. Certainly, a talented rugby player would receive more attention than a potential scientist. And anyway, what's the point, when someone with a chemistry degree will probably waste all that knowledge ...