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by eucsgmrc
Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Looking for....
Topic: James Peto
Replies: 4
Views: 1883

Re: James Peto

I've just spotted huntertitus' post from 2013 and I think I can explain the Morton Peto family vault.It will be the family of Sir Samuel Morton Peto https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morton_Peto , 1st Baronet (4 August 1809 – 13 November 1889). He began as an apprentice bricklayer, made an distinguished...
by eucsgmrc
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The moon landing at CH
Replies: 27
Views: 854

Re: The moon landing at CH

What struck me at the time was how briefly public interest lasted. There was quite good TV coverage of the second landing, and the drama of Apollo XIII gripped the world, but subsequent moon landings got less and less press and TV attention. I remember feeling disappointed, but most people seemed to...
by eucsgmrc
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The moon landing at CH
Replies: 27
Views: 854

Re: The moon landing at CH

The Apollo XI anniversary has got me thinking about how primitive all the technologies were fifty years ago. For that first moon landing, we (living in Edinburgh) borrowed a black-and-white TV from a friend. Not having a TV of our own was not particularly eccentric in 1969. We stayed up all night to...
by eucsgmrc
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Coleridge Photos
Topic: Col A - is this 1960?
Replies: 19
Views: 3450

Re: Col A - is this 1960?

Thankyou, Michael - your logic agrees with mine: this must be summer 1960. But what stirred this topic up from the mud at the bottom of the duckpond of memory, where it has lain undisturbed since a bit of discussion in 2016?
by eucsgmrc
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 500
Views: 50992

Re: Politics

Teresa May's "deal" involves the idea of a frictionless border between Northern Ireland and (the Republic of) Ireland. That's a border between the European Customs Union and a territory outside the customs union. A lot of people (but not everyone who matters) seem to believe that a frictionless bord...
by eucsgmrc
Wed May 10, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Threads being moved
Replies: 19
Views: 4040

Re: Threads being moved

Bingo! Congratulations eucsgmrc. Perhaps you too were taught by The Oil, ... I wasn't, in fact. He left after my first year, and Seaman took over. Apart from maths, I was not particularly bright - happy to be average at most subjects - and I was notably incompetent at practical stuff. What has surp...
by eucsgmrc
Tue May 09, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Threads being moved
Replies: 19
Views: 4040

Re: Threads being moved

Now what about the same sign ( ^ ) when it is placed under the line of letters, meaning that something written above the line must be inserted? What is this sign called and why? That's a caret. "Caret" is Latin for "it lacks". But nothing is simple. In some technical contexts these days, "caret" is...
by eucsgmrc
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Time to bring back Kiff Bowls?
Replies: 19
Views: 3986

Re: Time to bring back Kiff Bowls?

,,, BUT, after a few days there started to be examples of spontaneous explosion by these mugs - a sudden bang and instant disintegration - always when empty. Although the mugs disintegrated it was not dangerous as the bits were all smooth edged. My memory is a little different, as memories tend to ...
by eucsgmrc
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Memorable Sermons
Replies: 30
Views: 5896

Re: Memorable Sermons

... the Coleridge A tradition that reading the valley of dry bones passage at evening duty was hysterically funny? Of course, it was absolutely taboo for any member of the house actually to laugh (or even smirk), otherwise the mighty wrath of Kit Aitken would descend. Consequently it was impossible...
by eucsgmrc
Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 13357

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

I did notice Michael's " te absolvo." above - were the Romans that way inclined or is the French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian avoidance of the second person singular a recent invention? I'm trying to stop myself picking nits, but slapping my own wrist doesn't seem to be helping ... so It's true t...
by eucsgmrc
Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Cod Liver Oil and Malt
Replies: 45
Views: 6317

Re: Cod Liver Oil and Malt

... in rationing times before the catering manager was changed and the food was pretty awful. Meat - what you actually got of it - was pure gristle as an example. I agree with sejintenej. I arrived in 1954, and the food was dire, but quite normal for a big institution. In, I think, summer of 1955, ...
by eucsgmrc
Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 13357

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

Their faces are covered, so nobody knows who they are. Why would they care who sees their willies?
by eucsgmrc
Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Housey Coat 'badge'
Replies: 25
Views: 3922

Re: Housey Coat 'badge'

I seem to recall understanding that Exhibitions were founded in 1851 or soon thereafter to mark the Great Exhibition of that year, probably encouraged by Prince Albert. I'm fairly confident that the word "exhibition" was used to mean something like a scholarship well before 1851. The OED says "Orig...
by eucsgmrc
Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Coleridge Photos
Topic: Col A - is this 1960?
Replies: 19
Views: 3450

Re: Col A - is this 1960?

... if you took it, John, how long a delay did you give it? You're there in the top row, which must have involved a climb. Well spotted, Michael. Actually there was no delay. I used a camera with no such sophistication. I had to get somebody - fortunately, I forget who - from Col B to fire the shut...
by eucsgmrc
Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Housey Coat 'badge'
Replies: 25
Views: 3922

Re: Housey Coat 'badge'

michael scuffil wrote:By becoming a Grecian, you left the Mathematical School.
Just so. The RMS was training you specifically for the Royal Navy, and by your early teens you should have been a midshipman. If you were still at the school, you would be, to put it mildly, a disappointment to your sponsors.