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by rockfreak
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Sheila and Peter Higgins - character references for Gary Dobbie
Replies: 54
Views: 2923

Re: Sheila and Peter Higgins - character references for Gary Dobbie

Lesson from all this? Keep your children close. Don't send them away to be brought up by strangers on account of some social prestige that you think it will give you. Or them. OK, I know it happens at Catholic day schools, but that is because some Catholics are dumb enough to believe that the local ...
by rockfreak
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP Michael Scuffil
Replies: 9
Views: 447

Re: RIP Michael Scuffil

I never quite knew what Michael's specialism was because he seemed to know Latin and history, but I now find out that art was one of his main things. I've no doubt that he's now up there giving St Peter his artistic opinion of the pearly gates. "Rather ornately baroque, St Peter. What about all thos...
by rockfreak
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP Michael Scuffil
Replies: 9
Views: 447

Re: RIP Michael Scuffil

An articulate and informed contributor to the site. I can only add to the general sentiment by re-posting my limerick:

An eminent doctor named Scuffil
Was prone to the pedagogue shuffle.
The theories did flow,
Sometimes just a bon mot,
But he always delivered a truffle.
by rockfreak
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: CH in this week's Economist magazine re sex scandal in 1815
Replies: 17
Views: 963

Re: CH in this week's Economist magazine re sex scandal in 1815

I think it's quite touching; older figures of authority back then being flagellated by pupils. Seems positively egalitarian. When I was there in the 50s it was definitively the other way round. We might have welcomed the chance to take the birch to some of them. "OK Macnutt, (or NT Fryer, or several...
by rockfreak
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Historic methods of punishment
Replies: 15
Views: 757

Re: Historic methods of punishment

Sejintenej says that after guillotining the brain was still active for 30 seconds. Do you think that if Sejintenej had been up for the chop his head would still have been rolling around in the basket telling everyone that being slippered by Kit in the 1950s had been the making of him? Until he reali...
by rockfreak
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: CH in this week's Economist magazine re sex scandal in 1815
Replies: 17
Views: 963

Re: CH in this week's Economist magazine re sex scandal in 1815

You really must read all read James Brooke-Smith's recent book Gilded Youth which depicts the shenanigans that went on at boarding schools in times past. The loucheness, legover and libertarianism that went on at boarding schools in the Regency period was seemingly just a reflection of the same acti...
by rockfreak
Thu May 30, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH bans free speech
Replies: 10
Views: 925

Re: CH bans free speech

More on the ferret-like (Lord) Theodore Agnew who was pictured on the CHOBA site. Owen Jones's excellent investigative book "The Establishment, and how they get away with it" notes that the said Lord is, or has been, a member of Policy Exchange. This is one of several Thatcherite rightwing lobby gro...
by rockfreak
Thu May 16, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH bans free speech
Replies: 10
Views: 925

Re: CH bans free speech

Thank you Gingerbeard17. Indeed my point about the noble Agnew person is to ask what his aim is in all this. He's a big cheese in the multi academy trust movement and we know by now that the Stalinists who run education in the Tory party are increasingly prone to centralising everything and turning ...
by rockfreak
Wed May 15, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH bans free speech
Replies: 10
Views: 925

Re: CH bans free speech

Ha-ha! The CHOBA site has banned me again. After a previous contretemps in which I failed to join in the "Praise the Lord for our Foundation" ass-licking fest, they relented and put my window in again. But it didn't last long. I spotted a picture on the CHOBA site in which Tory peer Lord Agnew was p...
by rockfreak
Sat May 11, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 6135

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

Yes, at my age time telescopes. Cats too.
by rockfreak
Sat May 11, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 6135

Re:

To this very day, I am consumed by a passionate indifference. Looking at your viewing profile Cleopatra I think we may have much in common (I too had a cat which I loved dearly). But that's the trouble with the *intensity of experience" which James Brooke-Smith mentions in his book on public school...
by rockfreak
Thu May 09, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 6135

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

Yes, it's Von Mises and the other "Austrian" economists such as Hayek, whose free market ideas were taken up by Thatcher and Reagan in 1980, and caused in both our countries: the worst recessions and unemployment since the '30s, chronically worsening balance of payments positions, worsening inequali...
by rockfreak
Mon May 06, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Dates of birth of convicted abusers
Replies: 45
Views: 2203

Re: Dates of birth of convicted abusers

Bakunin's point is pertinent. CH is exactly the kind of institution that attracts predators. I found it interesting that when Karim was trying to defend himself in court he dragged up character witnesses from Eton and Queen's Club to say what a splendid chap he was. Presumably he hadn't tried to tar...
by rockfreak
Sun May 05, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Drugs in sport
Replies: 14
Views: 1461

Re: Drugs in sport

The public school obsession with games has always been to take their minds off sex. But I'm not sure that it did.
by rockfreak
Fri May 03, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 6135

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

Just read the whole thread and realised that I haven't commented. In short there were times I hated being at CH and felt very alone but equally there were times I loved it too. Bit like life generally really I feel so not peculiar to CH. As for Rockfreak's comments I think if you scratched the surf...