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by Avon
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: THE AVENUE
Replies: 7
Views: 324

Re: THE AVENUE

285 deg seems about right. In a similar vein, the school is right on the corner of Gatwick controlled airspace - surface to flight-level ridiculous. So for a generation of aviators it’s been a useful marker to avoid terse words from the controller. The Water Tower really does stand out for miles aro...
by Avon
Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Another Fitting Sentence !!
Replies: 10
Views: 1793

Re: Another Fitting Sentence !!

What a shame, how sad, never mind.
by Avon
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Tuck parcels
Replies: 9
Views: 594

Re: Tuck parcels

brian walling wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:30 am
... Spam (spiced ham)
Was Spam spiced? If it was, Mrs Keeley managed to boil that out of it before it got to the table.
by Avon
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Bishop Ball documentary BBC2 2100 TONIGHT
Replies: 56
Views: 3318

Re: Bishop Ball documentary BBC2 2100 TONIGHT

I was something of a night walker, quite often poking around in the dark hours. There were some fascinating places to explore and security was appalling. If I remember correctly the only places I didn’t get into - over time - were the Wardrobe and Armoury. Everything else I explored on moonlit night...
by Avon
Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Ken Grimshaw
Replies: 4
Views: 561

Re: Ken Grimshaw

I remember you as running one of the most repressive junior boy’s houses regimes even by 1980s standards, such that by the time MaB boys went to MaA and into the arms of Crud they were desperate to be feral. And were. So. Did you know that the Senior Management Team were incompetent and so ran MaB l...
by Avon
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Neil Simms
Replies: 21
Views: 1799

Re: Neil Simms

I also owe an A Level to Neil Simms. A great guy who - by virtue of what he taught - sadly I only encountered in my last few years. Also, like Vikki Askew and APFA, one of the few teachers I find myself still admiring after the passage of many years. I particularly admired his laconic and reasoned c...
by Avon
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Current/Former Staff who were at CH
Replies: 73
Views: 7475

Re: Current/Former Staff who were at CH

"Christ's Hospital I despise and fear more than I despise Eton or fear Winchester. Eton and Winchester merely perpetuate privilege; Christ's Hospital creates it." Not the first time I’ve heard that. It’s rather chilling... Our in-house loony will be along shortly to tell you why you’ve misunderquot...
by Avon
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Did anyone know?
Replies: 154
Views: 18473

Re: Did anyone know?

No. There is sufficient evidence to suggest that there was institutional awareness of these things, such that, on occasion, a blind eye was turned. In at least one case the victim was silenced. It’s not enough to make the assumption that things have changed, that there are fundamentally nicer people...
by Avon
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 609
Views: 67500

Re: Politics

By the way, why is the CH Unofficial website suddenly getting lots of ads for exotic eastern ladies looking for husbands? Do they suspect that the English boarding school turns out loads of repressed, inhibited chaps who would welcome a bit of oriental fun and games? Er, because it is picking up on...
by Avon
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 609
Views: 67500

Re: Politics

J.R. wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:08 pm

I think it's time for a civil war !!
You base, hollow, unthinking, utter, utter cretin. I’ve seen a civil war in the Balkans. You really want one here?
by Avon
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Response from the Head Master
Replies: 34
Views: 3044

Re: Response from the Head Master

robert totterdell wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:14 pm
...Or should the victims just make a formal request to the BSB (Benevolent Society of Blues). For that matter do the victims even know that the BSB exists?
A horrifying prospect that the BSB may have to change its mission to be supporting victims of, er, the school itself. Way to go Horsham..
by Avon
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What is the impact of a CH education?
Replies: 31
Views: 2983

Re: What is the impact of a CH education?

The plain: " A Royal, Religious and Ancient Foundation ". I hate this one. What’s the value in being ancient? It means ancient values, ancient diligence, an arrogance that nothing needs checking, and an inertia to do smart things. How about, ‘Christ’s Hospital: if you survive seven years here, you’...
by Avon
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: CH Letter re support for abuse survivors
Replies: 28
Views: 2237

Re: CH Letter re support for abuse survivors

The letter is even handed, but staid. My feeling is that there is real nervousness about liability here. If the school ever goes close to admitting that there was organisational incompetence in the period of interest, then this needn’t be just about sexual abuse. There were some awful cases of bully...
by Avon
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Why does Eton make headlines....?
Replies: 18
Views: 1603

Re: Why does Eton make headlines....?

My view, for what it is worth, is that Eton is not singled out per se but stands out because certain of its alumni are, and have been, prominent, not always positively, in the public eye and any jibes are directed at the alumni as much as the School itself. It might be the silly uniform? Oh, wait...
by Avon
Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Letter to Head Master
Replies: 62
Views: 4362

Re: Letter to Head Master

I think the time has come to start making things difficult for the school. They may find engagement preferable to the administrative burden of having to juggle complex freedom of information requests, or requests to be forgotten under GDPR. There are plenty of ways of tying an organisation like CH u...