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by MrEd
Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Bursaries Shmursaries
Replies: 23
Views: 1053

Re: Bursaries Shmursaries

There is a quote floating around, probably from Ben Trovato, that of doctors' opposition to the NHS, Bevan said 'I shall stuff their mouths with gold'.
by MrEd
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Old Blue Clearout
Replies: 26
Views: 2964

Re: Old Blue Clearout

Regarding pranks, I recall early 1980s of being told a long past tale of someone locking a cow into the Dining Room one summer morning very early and letting the bockers (presumably) discover it. It might have been reported as a teacher, Mr Waller as a pupil having done that.
by MrEd
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 534
Views: 56388

Re: Politics

rockfreak wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:45 pm
I wonder if any CH pupils managed to bunk off to attend the Climate Change protests last week.
What is there to protest about? Glacial rebound in the Lake District? Bring back the glaciers, at least to Penrith. That should concentrate minds currently occupied with IndyRef 2 in Scotland.
by MrEd
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Response from the Head Master
Replies: 34
Views: 2323

Re: Response from the Head Master

There have been cases (including death penalty cases) in the US where DNA has cemented a guilty verdict, only for it to have later been found to be incorrectly identified/contaminated/planted. DNA is not gospel. FWIW, I was a geneticist in the University where DNA fingerprinting was invented, and t...
by MrEd
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What is the impact of a CH education?
Replies: 31
Views: 1828

Re: What is the impact of a CH education?

I do wish the School would change the logo under the school name, 'A School Like No Other'. A bad choice of words in this current situation in my humble opinion. Indeed, but a bit hard to think of what to say, isn't it? The honest: " Now 'zen, now 'zen, 'ows about zat zen? ' to be upfront about the...
by MrEd
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The moon landing at CH
Replies: 27
Views: 1096

Re: The moon landing at CH

Just for the record, our youngest daughter still believes the moon landing was all a big US conspiracy a la Capricorn 1. Have you asked her how they managed to launch so many rockets in public view, and then make them disappear? Why they cocked up Apollo 13, in the interests of 'faking it'? How the...
by MrEd
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The moon landing at CH
Replies: 27
Views: 1096

Re: The moon landing at CH

Mr Aldrin's punch was self-defence, and more justified than I had realised, he is truly a great man, my apologies to him for thinking it not massively provoked. Shame that these crack-pots get the oxygen of publicity, but forewarned is forearmed. I do recall seeing a replica of the module at the Sci...
by MrEd
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The moon landing at CH
Replies: 27
Views: 1096

Re: The moon landing at CH

Just for the record, our youngest daughter still believes the moon landing was all a big US conspiracy a la Capricorn 1.
I read that someone told Buzz Aldrin the Moon landing was a hoax, and Buzz punched him. He's knocking on a bit now, but perhaps discretion is advised should they ever meet.
by MrEd
Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The moon landing at CH
Replies: 27
Views: 1096

Re: The moon landing at CH

Men have been sent to, and explored the Moon. Probes have been to Mars, Venus, Mercury, even the Sun, and to Jupiter and beyond, the entire Solar System has been scrutinised.

But no one has yet found a good explanation for why CH management tolerated so many perverts working there for so long.
by MrEd
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND VAT
Replies: 11
Views: 547

Re: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND VAT

Is that what prompted your forum name, Mr Ed?
Perhaps 7 years of regular doses of horse meat have had serious side-effects. :D

wurzel,

That's a very good point worth noting.
by MrEd
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND VAT
Replies: 11
Views: 547

Re: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND VAT

I think the VAT on school fees idea is used by those who hate the freedom that private education represents but are too cowardly to openly state their aims, preferring to starve the blameless lamb rather than openly slit its throat. On the subject of horse meat, I have seen it in an Italian supermar...
by MrEd
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND VAT
Replies: 11
Views: 547

Re: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND VAT

The scope of VAT is immense, and clearly for the Directive to be amended to remove this exemption would be a Herculean task. Furthermore, if VAT on school fees comes in, it will most likely come in too on to University Tuition fees, over £9,000 pa. now AIUI, adding c. £1,800 pa to the cost or a tidy...
by MrEd
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: History of the Band
Replies: 14
Views: 2143

Re: History of the Band

Do your neighbours and your family-members enjoy your playing the viola?
On the basis that it is mellow, well, compared to its screechy, showy little sister, they almost do. :D
by MrEd
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: History of the Band
Replies: 14
Views: 2143

Re: History of the Band

There were bassoons in the band in my time, late 70s to mid-80s. I played the clarinet (badly) for a while, not making past a brief stint in the Second Band. The bassoon was certainly a feature of the Band, albeit exotic. The starter instrument was the clarinet or oboe in woodwind, and you could pro...
by MrEd
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Bishop Peter Ball
Replies: 13
Views: 909

Re: Bishop Peter Ball

Well, the dead can't be libelled or prosecuted, so some word about this man from the School is perhaps due. And I don't expect an oration.