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by rockfreak
Thu May 16, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH bans free speech
Replies: 6
Views: 552

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: 6
Views: 552

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: 5712

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: 5712

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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: 5712

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: 46
Views: 1964

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: 1390

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: 5712

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...
by rockfreak
Fri May 03, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 5712

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

Apparently the Duke of Wellington hated Eton (including the playing fields where the Battle of Waterloo was supposedly won) but never moved to close it down when in office later. I very much doubt that it would ever have crossed the Duke's mind that he could or should (get Parliament to) close down...
by rockfreak
Wed May 01, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 5712

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

In reply to Michael Scuffil, it's difficult to say in what way there's more to it. Churchill's remedy in 1944 was to flood the public schools with bursary pupils from more varied backgrounds, thus diluting them but not entirely eliminating them, while Butler wanted to abolish them all wholesale and ...
by rockfreak
Wed May 01, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Do You Tell People That You Went To Public School?
Replies: 15
Views: 641

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

Ha ha! Well done Spoony. You really must read pyschotherapist Nick Duffell's books 'The Making of Them' and 'Wounded Leaders'. He divides the people he sees in his consulting rooms who went to boarding school as Compliers, Rebels and The Crushed. Compliers buy into the whole silly establishment nons...
by rockfreak
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 5712

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

Any lingering doubts about the unearned privileges of the private school system can be laid to rest by the piece in today's Guardian by Robert Verkaik, an expert and author on the English schooling system, who retreads the figure that I've heard before which is that up to four times the amount of mo...
by rockfreak
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 5712

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

I'm interested in Avon's attitude because, after all this time, he and I seem to me to be coming from exactly the same place! When I mentioned our "stardust" I was using it in a sardonic way. We don't sprinkle our supposed stardust over the rest of the unlettered plebs and expect great national resu...
by rockfreak
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 5712

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

It would have been then certainly. But we don't have an empire now and nor is there an appetite for one. True Not that I'm knocking anyone who goes into the military. In some ways I have the greatest respect for them. Only that I don't think any other western European country has this obsession wit...
by rockfreak
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 5712

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

Rockfreak, I think you summed it up quite well. I have often thought about what the school was trying to form us into. A couple of centuries ago it was quite easy to understand: you were the person in the rear rank who shouted " attack " and the "front rank died". Nowadays perhaps a person who can ...