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by michael scuffil
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Trial of Gary William Dobbie
Replies: 18
Views: 860

Re: Trial of Gary William Dobbie

I am thinking of going. If anyone else is, let me know. I’ve never sat in a public gallery before. Is there anything I need to know? I used to drop in at the Old Bailey when I had nothing better to do. What you need to know: 1) it helps to have a strong stomach; 2) barristers relish the opportunity...
by michael scuffil
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Drugs in sport
Replies: 5
Views: 932

Re: Drugs in sport

In the 1920s through to the 50s, training for more than 2-3 hours a day would have been regarded as cheating. Once it became acceptable to train full-time, people had to look for another behavioural manifestation to which they could apply the term. Frankly I think 'professional sport' is an oxymoron...
by michael scuffil
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Last night antics
Replies: 39
Views: 8710

Re: Last night antics

Re 'Scouting for Boys', mentioned in this thread some time ago:

scholarly opinion is divided on whether Baden-Powell was aware of the double entendre.
by michael scuffil
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 56
Views: 4335

Re: Vikki Askew

As someone who has studied WWII in great detail, I can say that if the right military leaders had been listened too at the end of that war, we certainly would NOT be in the position we are in today Pls expand. Sounds interesting... Senior Generals and Montgomery in particular, asked Churchill to pu...
by michael scuffil
Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What Doesn't Happen At CH These Days?
Replies: 66
Views: 7944

Re: What Doesn't Happen At CH These Days?

Given the fact that the place is now co-ed, I imagine that sexual experimentation and recreation now (mostly) take different forms. And I suppose it needn't be so clandestine.

But does anyone know: have many marriages been made at CH (between pupils, I mean)?
by michael scuffil
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: looking for an ancient radio programme
Replies: 6
Views: 139

Re: looking for an ancient radio programme

Rockfreak: sadly Kenneth Horne was long dead (d. 1969); he was an earlier era. But yes, in the 60s he was unbeatable.
by michael scuffil
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: looking for an ancient radio programme
Replies: 6
Views: 139

Re: looking for an ancient radio programme

Thanks Katharine for that link. It will provide me with all the information I need, though as the slot between the news and Gardeners' Question Time was not occupied by the same programme every week I shall have to apply my forensic skills to working out which one it was. But my forensic skills are ...
by michael scuffil
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 130
Views: 23088

Re: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster

Kirby was a hater of fancy words and certainly would never have said 'heuristic' or allowed us to say it. When someone asked 'Is that a scalpel' he replied 'Yes, spelt K-N-I-F-E', and 'femur' for 'thigh bone' was quite taboo. I think though he was probably more 'heuristic' in his approach than those...
by michael scuffil
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: looking for an ancient radio programme
Replies: 6
Views: 139

looking for an ancient radio programme

In the mid-to-late 1970s, BBC Radio 4 put out a sort of quirky magazine programme after the midday news on Sundays. It was a potpourri of all sorts of stuff, and attracted some critical approbation. I was a keen listener, but cannot for the life of me remember what it was called. Can anyone help?
by michael scuffil
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Favourite teacher
Replies: 234
Views: 49479

Re: Favourite teacher

If I didn't post here years ago I have to mention: Mr Crosland who many others have praised and who taught A level physics in a manner very different to other teachers but was highly effective; one looked forward to his lessons. Mr Kirby; what has not been said about him? Very different though I do...
by michael scuffil
Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Historic methods of punishment
Replies: 12
Views: 463

Re: Roger Martin - trial

The 'quartered' bit was definitely posthumous: the body was quartered and the quarters stuck up in various public places. I believe the genitalia were cut off first, before the disembowelling. (Women, incidentally, were never hanged, drawn and quartered. Their modesty was respected.) As for the last...
by michael scuffil
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Freemasons and questions to answer
Replies: 75
Views: 7114

Re: Freemasons and questions to answer

There are numerous anecdotes about Johnny and I'd imagined they'd all been told on this forum by now, but this is a new one. Johnny clearly got lumbered with some unpopular jobs. He was master i/c chair-shifting (!) and master i/c welcoming new boys and their parents. I was for a time his grecian si...
by michael scuffil
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Squeaker John Bercow
Replies: 5
Views: 399

Re: Squeaker John Bercow

Probably the best Speaker in our lifetime* (even better than Betty Boothroyd). Someone has to enforce the constitution, and clearly the PM doesn't seem minded to. It is of course open to parliament to change a 400-year-old rule (which everyone agrees is there for a good reason), but the Rule of Law ...
by michael scuffil
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Freemasons and questions to answer
Replies: 75
Views: 7114

Re: Freemasons and questions to answer

I didn't know that Johnny was a Mason. The only staff member who I knew for certain was one was Dr Scott, because his son (who was in ThB) used to regale us with tales of the various altars he would set up. Was Rae a Mason? I ask because he, like Johnny, was one of those who carried Mrs Scott's coff...
by michael scuffil
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Cricket coach ?
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: Cricket coach ?

I remember my father once instructing me that all Clark(e)s were 'Nobby' just as all Wilsons were 'Tug' (and, for more obvious reasons, all Whites were 'Chalky' and all Millers were 'Dusty'). My contact with serious cricket at the Redcoats school was nil, though for some reason I do remember Len Bat...