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by Martin
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Michael Cherniavsky
Replies: 86
Views: 17834

Re: Michael Cherniavsky

What a great Monty Python sketch! And I thought I had heard them all. I hadn’t. Is it only Britain and America that have this hang-up about Intellectuals? Dangerous pointy-heads who are too clever for their own good? Does any other country have this problem? I don’t know the answer to this question....
by Martin
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Wendy Fryer
Replies: 19
Views: 1876

Re: Wendy Fryer

Another master who married an Infirmary nurse was William Armistead. He was finally the head of the RMS and second master (to Flecker and Seaman). I believe they had two sons (Robert and George) who are Mid A OBs. I do not know Mrs Armistead’s maiden name.
by Martin
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Letter to the Head Master
Replies: 182
Views: 12097

Re: Letter to the Head Master

For those who do not have access to the Blunden/Buck book listing their correspondence (1917-67), the following extracts may be of interest. A letter dated 7 May 1956 My dear Edmund, I have resigned from CH, ie from all that means anything to me. Drunkenness was the least of my offences, and a long ...
by Martin
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: CH and flu
Replies: 33
Views: 3670

Re: CH and flu

My wife and I have had yearly flu shots for the last decade or so. Sometimes it apparently works and sometimes not.
by Martin
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 37
Views: 5516

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

Ronald Crosland was very bright, too (a technical comment in another thread at http://www.chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=4376&p=131272&hilit=spiral#p131272 confirms this in my opinion). More about him – he played the cello in school orchestra concerts and also ran the Railway Society housed i...
by Martin
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 135
Views: 15306

Re: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?

Here’s my take on the boys' religious attitudes of the 50s. About 15% were keenly religious, about 20% equally keenly irreligious and most of the rest (about 70%) would describe themselves as C of E if necessary, but not care very much about such matters. Some of them would be confirmed, but for thi...
by Martin
Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sharks
Replies: 14
Views: 2328

Re: Sharks

The sale of this painting went unannounced. When this was discovered there was criticism in published correspondence, especially that it was done in an apparently underhand manner, since it defied the donor’s wishes. If it did frighten Prep boys then it could so easily have been placed somewhere els...
by Martin
Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 120
Views: 21223

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

How good to hear of ‘Uncle’ Kirby in action at CH during WW2. Thanks Beany. But I understood that ‘Uncle’ spent some (I thought all) of WW2 as a fulltime member of the Royal Signals when he mainly tested/evaluated new models of wireless sets as they were delivered by manufacturers, probably in respo...
by Martin
Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 12074

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

Of course you can find a great deal in the Bible, mainly the New Testament, to derive a very radical set of ideas and ideals and they can certainly make the Labour Party out-Thatcher Thatcher herself. There were quasi-Communist Worker Priests in France for a short while after the Second World War, b...
by Martin
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What happens to ‘retired’ Housey coats?
Replies: 6
Views: 1288

Re: What happens to ‘retired’ Housey coats?

A housie coat becoming an OB’s dressing gown – this happened while I was at school. A friend obtained his buttons in mid year. For some inexplicable reason his “best” non-buttons housie coat remained in the house for a long while and clearly was forgotten by the Wardrobe authorities. A well heeled O...
by Martin
Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:00 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: GUILDFORD-HORSHAM TRAIN
Replies: 9
Views: 1508

Re: GUILDFORD-HORSHAM TRAIN

Thanks very much Katharine. I’ll try and visit. Be well. M
by Martin
Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: GUILDFORD-HORSHAM TRAIN
Replies: 9
Views: 1508

Re: GUILDFORD-HORSHAM TRAIN

This matter is unhappily very topical after the recent head-on collision of two trains on a single track in Bavaria. For the Guildford-Horsham train (the “Guildford slug”), which I used for many years, the single line Guildford-CH track was divided into two approximately equal sections. Also there w...
by Martin
Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sergeant Usher
Replies: 10
Views: 1239

Re: Sergeant Usher

When he retired . on his last day of running the drill there was a huge voluntary attendance . How masochistic was that ? If his training had allowed him I think he might have cried. The huge attendance for “Tush’s” last drill was surely not masochistic. It was affection (at least on my part, for I...
by Martin
Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: 'Fudging'
Replies: 12
Views: 1414

Re: 'Fudging'

Housey, like everything else it seems, has been modernising. For a while (10, 20 30 years, does anyone know exactly how long?) all bands worn have been “fudged.”
by Martin
Sun Dec 20, 2015 6:40 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: 'Fudging'
Replies: 12
Views: 1414

Re: 'Fudging'

I remember the phase “fudging over the sicker” used by juniors. Although I never tried it myself, occasionally others did. For a single ‘fudging’ I don’t remember any serious consequences. I suppose Dr Scott’s philosophy was “rather safe than sorry”. After all during his tenure there was at least on...