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by MrEd
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: History of the Band
Replies: 14
Views: 1884

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: 1884

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: 794

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.
by MrEd
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: 1968 and all that
Replies: 16
Views: 681

Re: 1968 and all that

But in 1968 Paris was ablaze and Grosvenor Square was rioting. I'd love to know what was happening at CH from anyone who was there at the time. Well in the Summer of 1968, they were probably wondering if the Soviets would invade Czechoslovakia, and so they did, along with the East Germans, Poles, H...
by MrEd
Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Is private education overrated?
Replies: 36
Views: 1280

Re: Is private education overrated?

Whether it is over-rated, it was clearly wasted on you.
by MrEd
Sun May 12, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 6269

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

Any consensual (at least I assume/hope) relationships between staff and students were more or less open secrets, and there were, apparently, more of them going on at the time than I knew about. Remarkable really, that the School's management were, at best, so utterly inept in this matter. I left th...
by MrEd
Sat May 11, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 6269

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

This is just Thatcherite dogma. The famines you mention are a result of civil war or deliberate genocide policies in countries with market economies. Mises' economic calculation argument falls apart at the slightest inspection. Funny you should say that von Mises' argument falls down. Khrushchev hi...
by MrEd
Thu May 09, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 6269

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

The free market is not a rational mechanism for allocating resources for the benefit of humanity or the planet. Ah. the appeal to 'reason', who was it who dedicated the former Temple of Reason that recently burnt down in Paris? If you try to hand out food by reason, you end up with mass starvation,...
by MrEd
Wed May 08, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Trial of Gary William Dobbie
Replies: 328
Views: 13251

Re: Trial of Gary William Dobbie

Character Witness? Here's an employment reference:

"I have known Ronnie Biggs for years, he is very experienced, punctual, in good health and is well-liked. I know of many great jobs he's done, and he is used to the responsibility of handling large quantities of cash."
by MrEd
Tue May 07, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 6269

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

Now come on Ed. Trying to equate Italian fascism with post war European social democracy is a ridiculous idea. State regimentation was necessary during the war as indeed was the rationing that followed it for five years. Otherwise the nobs would have snaffled all the scarce resources. And by the wa...
by MrEd
Tue May 07, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Drugs in sport
Replies: 14
Views: 1480

Re: Drugs in sport

The consumption of sheep testicles, hallucinogens, 'magic potions' containing a form of strychnine, and opium bread were some of the earliest attempts at doping. In my junior days, Barnes B won across the board at the inter-house athletics contests, I called them the East Germans for their obsessio...
by MrEd
Tue May 07, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Roger Martin - trial
Replies: 320
Views: 13394

Re: Roger Martin - trial

There is tendency to phrase it that way precisely because it is impossible to know if a person has committed an offence in the meantime. I think its just the cautious way lawyers have to speak. Pretty much, but the fact of a lack of convictions is 'safe ground' for a lawyer defending, and it is rel...
by MrEd
Wed May 01, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Drugs in sport
Replies: 14
Views: 1480

Re: Drugs in sport

Surely the contest is between the athletes, not the chemists and surgeons?
Or in motor racing:

Surely the contest is between the athletes, not the engineers and aerodynamicists?
by MrEd
Wed May 01, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Drugs in sport
Replies: 14
Views: 1480

Re: Drugs in sport

Does CH actively prevent pupils taking part in sporting activities (in accordance with the relative sport's regulations) if they need to use medicines which could/ do breach those regulations? At my kindest, I would award this comment the DFM. "Doesn't F***** Matter". The real scandal at CH was the...
by MrEd
Wed May 01, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Do You Tell People That You Went To Public School?
Replies: 15
Views: 769

Re: Do You Tell People That You Went To Public School?

I wouldn't presume that anyone was interested in the school that I went to, nor would I be interested in anyone else's schooling, or even University. But if people I know (e.g. work colleagues) ask, (I think some perceive my manner of speaking as a bit 'posh' but not aristocratic, e.g. I don't prono...