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by Jabod2
Sun May 17, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Pongo - Eric Littlefield
Replies: 23
Views: 1429

Re: Pongo - Eric Littlefield

My guess is that he was called Pongo because he might have used the term himself derogatively. My understanding is that where the army goes, the pong goes... cf RAF = crabs (explained elsewhere) and Navy being Skates, allegedly due to their use of the same for pleasure :shock:
by Jabod2
Mon May 11, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Congratulations Gerald Davies
Replies: 3
Views: 1011

Re: Congratulations Gerald Davies

dsm wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:52 am
What an amazing sidestep he had :rolleyes:
After Bill McLaren described 'the twinkling toes of Gerald Davies' someone was heard to mutter 'goodnight Twinkle' when he stuck his head into the dormitory to wish us goodnight in Mid B.
by Jabod2
Mon May 11, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CCF alternative
Replies: 13
Views: 486

Re: CCF alternative

In my era (60s-70s) it was 'something - (social?) services (aka sh1t shovellers). Clearing/re-digging Rip Kirby's pond was one task I recall - I think that was a short period between Scouts and RAF CCF for me.
by Jabod2
Mon May 11, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Pongo - Eric Littlefield
Replies: 23
Views: 1429

Re: Pongo - Eric Littlefield

In the Housey version of “She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes,” of Pongo’s days, one popular verse was, “She’ll be wearing Pongo’s jockstrap when she comes.” .... In the 1950s he smoked Senior Service cigarettes. In my time the song of the day was a variant of 'Early one morning' sun...
by Jabod2
Mon May 11, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What were your thoughts about the theatre?
Replies: 21
Views: 2737

Re: What were your thoughts about the theatre?

Roger Highfield and I christened the sound system with Max Frisch's 'The Fire Raisers' where we managed to send a quadrophonic fire engine 3 times round the stage. Dunky had a hissy fit when we missed a sound cue duriing rehearsals... Ping Vincent Smith was sweating blood at the time to get the home...
by Jabod2
Mon May 11, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What were your thoughts about the theatre?
Replies: 21
Views: 2737

Re: What were your thoughts about the theatre?

I very clearly remember taking part in 'Indians' in my final year 1973. It was the first time girls were imported from Horsham to play the female parts in a school play . . . except that I was the exception – and cast as sharp shooter Annie Oakley and the First Lady. One of my tasks was to sit on m...
by Jabod2
Mon May 11, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The school glider
Replies: 14
Views: 854

Re: The school glider

It was called a Grasshopper, and it flew in my time, when an exuberant bungee team gave it extra beans and the pilot (master or boy - possibly Dickie Midwinter who was heading for the RAF I think) took off higher than was intended on Little Side, managed a turn and safe (but abrupt) landing in the m...
by Jabod2
Sun May 03, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Where does the word "Toyce" come from?
Replies: 76
Views: 11548

Re: Where does the word "Toyce" come from?

I find it difficult to envisage precisely what purpose they served and what they looked like. David :shock: The normal thing during the 70s was to have a travel rug thrown over a piece of string to partition off the toyce from the rest of the dayroom. When you were sitting down at the toyce, with a...
by Jabod2
Tue Apr 21, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: I.A.R. Christie, Lamb A 1956-63
Replies: 29
Views: 2472

Re: I.A.R. Christie, Lamb A 1956-63

The McDaids! How could I have forgotten them? Paddy, Mick and... erm... McDaid Junior. Mid B. I have fond memories of Mick, who was my contemporary, particularly propping against him. I believe he joined the Hong Kong police. ... Peter? Mick was our secret weapon - once he had fired at the opposing...
by Jabod2
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Robert Sillett MBE of Billingshurt
Replies: 34
Views: 5494

Re: Robert Sillett MBE of Billingshurt

LHA wrote: ↑ What does giving tangents mean? Using a ruler, striking downwards edgewise in a slicing motion, so tangentially (?) on the body rather than directly. Having been in Barnes A during Bob's tutorship, I heard tell of his description of a tangent as 'a straight line bisecting a curve', dem...
by Jabod2
Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: I.A.R. Christie, Lamb A 1956-63
Replies: 29
Views: 2472

Re: I.A.R. Christie, Lamb A 1956-63

Ajarn Philip wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:26 pm
Pop quiz: which family had the most brothers at CH?

In my day, the Savages. 3 (or 4?).
Burns and McDaid also at least 3 each, I think.
by Jabod2
Sun Mar 08, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Cross-country runs
Replies: 41
Views: 4783

Re: Cross-country runs

These days, the don’t run it outside the ring fence so I assume they must just run around big side or something... Shelley's Wood was ok, it was when you were back on concrete running up the road to Peele bridge you suddenly noticed the weight of all that mud, which made trying to lift one foot in ...
by Jabod2
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Cross-country runs
Replies: 41
Views: 4783

Re: Cross-country runs

J.R. wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:34 pm
Certainly still in use summer 1963.
My older brother was described as a 'promising miler' by Pongo in his housemaster's report due to this in later 60's
by Jabod2
Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Chapel Music
Replies: 29
Views: 8175

Re: Chapel Music

It's on the 'Choir of Christ's Hospital, Music for the Festive Year' CD - I used it at father-in-law's funeral (E.J.R Morgan Thorn B 1937...). The arrangement is marked as by Mark Wardell, but he's the organist (recorded 1997). I don't know who composed the tune - other variations are used by other ...
by Jabod2
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Old Blue Clearout
Replies: 34
Views: 6183

Re: Old Blue Clearout

NEILL THE NOTORIOUS wrote:
Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:45 pm
If there was such a note....
I recall being told that the lowest note reverberated in the headmaster's house, and those practicing on the organ expolored the limits of how much they could use/abuse it before the wrath appeared...

I might be mistaken in attributing this to John Shippen.