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by LongGone
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 578
Views: 59956

Re: Politics

An easy answer. Make voting compulsory, but add 'NONE OF THE ABOVE' at the bottom of ballot papers. There are places where, if NOTA exceeds 50%, the election has to be rerun and none of the original candidates can stand again I like it, but given the calibre of our current choices, we'd soon run ou...
by LongGone
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 578
Views: 59956

Re: Politics

J.R. wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:10 pm
An easy answer.

Make voting compulsory, but add 'NONE OF THE ABOVE' at the bottom of ballot papers.
There are places where, if NOTA exceeds 50%, the election has to be rerun and none of the original candidates can stand again
by LongGone
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 578
Views: 59956

Re: Politics

For those of us on the other side of the Atlantic, what is going on? Does BJ think an election would give him a clear majority? What is the rationale (if any) behind the support of other parties? I understand I may get very different answers from various members.
by LongGone
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: History in the fifties?
Replies: 18
Views: 842

Re: History in the fifties?

My memories are limited. I do remember being confused by the 100 years war: England destroys the French at Crecy: England massacres the French at Poitiers: England annihilates the French at Agincourt: England is out of France. Years later I read a French textbook that assured me that, apart from a f...
by LongGone
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Did anyone know?
Replies: 148
Views: 13137

Re: Did anyone know?

I can only speak from my era. Caught smoking was serious enough. Caught drinking was probably enough to earn expulsion. Reminds me of the old joke about an American visiting CH "So, it seems pretty strict here compared to the States: are the boys allowed to drink?" "Never; it would mean instant exp...
by LongGone
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 578
Views: 59956

Re: Politics

I’m being urged to get a 15 year mortgage. Considering we own our house, it seems a little strange. Obviously I need to start searching some more interesting sites.
by LongGone
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Andrew Fawcett R.I.P.
Replies: 5
Views: 559

Re: Andrew Fawcett R.I.P.

I think that’s why our mothers bonded, mine was also single (having been deserted by two husbands). Sending me to CH was largely a financial decision.
by LongGone
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Andrew Fawcett R.I.P.
Replies: 5
Views: 559

Re: Andrew Fawcett R.I.P.

my friends that year included John Steward, Ken Baumber and Alan Rowe. Ring any bells? Ken Baumber and I arrived at CH on the same train. Our families shared a carriage and walked together from the station until we were directed in opposite directions (ColB vs MaA). While Ken and I seldom interacte...
by LongGone
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Graham Norton Show
Replies: 21
Views: 3507

Re: Graham Norton Show

I'm sorry, I'm just totally adrift of modern day pop music. These days I watch You Tube videos of old 60s and 70s acts that I grew up with. I find myself doing the same, partly because so little of today’s music appeals to me, being so derivative (OMG, I realize I sound like my great-aunt). On the ...
by LongGone
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
Replies: 13
Views: 1447

Re: RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor.

Hi all... Yes, Elizabeth was technically my great-aunt by marriage. Richard was my great-uncle, but as he was brought up by my grandmother when their mother died (the was 18 years older than him and just married) he was brought up as an uncle. (You never call someone "great-Uncle" do you?) I am kno...
by LongGone
Thu May 02, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 7682

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

[quote=Pe.A post_id=144886 time=1556695348 user_id It is not just rich people; when the state school refused to give my dyslexic son any help ("He'll never be anything so I'm not going to waste resources. I can just sit at the back of the class and do nothing") we had to pay for private schooling. ...
by LongGone
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Favourite teacher
Replies: 238
Views: 55099

Re: Favourite teacher

“No material passes from any animal into its gut; the movement is entirely the other way round”
Professor Pedant wakes!
In fact a significant amount of mucous is secreted into the intestine and intestinal epithelial cells are constantly sloughed off.
Professor Pedant goes back to sleep.
by LongGone
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 7682

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

Another good post, David . I was fortunate in the CCF to become trained as a 'Bren gunner' by RSM ' Cookie ' Cooke. There were two Bren squads in my time and I still have fond affections for the weapon. Q.E.D. So, you will be able to answer the password: which part of a Bren was 'the dog's delight?...
by LongGone
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 7682

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

Another good post, David . I was fortunate in the CCF to become trained as a 'Bren gunner' by RSM ' Cookie ' Cooke. There were two Bren squads in my time and I still have fond affections for the weapon. Q.E.D. So, you will be able to answer the password: which part of a Bren was 'the dog's delight?'
by LongGone
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Drugs in sport
Replies: 14
Views: 1710

Re: Drugs in sport

michael scuffil wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:18 pm
In the 1920s through to the 50s, training for more than 2-3 hours a day would have been regarded as cheating.

Ah, Flanders and Swan

They've simply no notion of playing the game
They argue with umpires, they cheer when they've won
And they practice beforehand which ruins the fun!