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by rockfreak
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How will CH cope with Brexit?
Replies: 56
Views: 1937

Re: How will CH cope with Brexit?

On the subject of immigration generally, many of those from the middle east are the result of our and the Americans' intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq and the subsequent chaos and anarchy that we deliberately created (see my previous post elsewhere quoting Gen Wesley Clark of the Pentagon). That ...
by rockfreak
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Squeaker John Bercow
Replies: 4
Views: 138

Re: Squeaker John Bercow

Probably the best Speaker in our lifetime* (even better than Betty Boothroyd). Someone has to enforce the constitution, and clearly the PM doesn't seem minded to. It is of course open to parliament to change a 400-year-old rule (which everyone agrees is there for a good reason), but the Rule of Law...
by rockfreak
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How will CH cope with Brexit?
Replies: 56
Views: 1937

Re: How will CH cope with Brexit?

I said "for as long as anyone can remember" but I do seem now to remember that Simon Jenkins quantified this as being from 1973. So in other words, to make a comparison from the period when we joined the EU. Here in Gravesend there are many eastern Europeans but also what some people here call the S...
by rockfreak
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How will CH cope with Brexit?
Replies: 56
Views: 1937

Re: How will CH cope with Brexit?

On the subject of immigration, I've now heard the same thing from two sources: one was Simon Jenkins, one of the senior leader writers in the Guardian, and the other someone like Barnier or Juncker in the EU, that for as long as anyone can remember we've taken in more immigrants from outside the EU ...
by rockfreak
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 484
Views: 44699

Re: Politics

I wonder if any CH pupils managed to bunk off to attend the Climate Change protests last week.
by rockfreak
Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 484
Views: 44699

Re: Politics

A new outlet for Freaky. I get a letter into Private Eye: P22 in the current issue headed "Ties that bind". The ties in question are the old school ones. Their reviewer, covering a couple of books about the public school system, had said that what the critics of these schools couldn't account for wa...
by rockfreak
Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 128
Views: 22162

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

Katharine wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:33 pm
I cannot imagine any such conversation with an adult in CH Hertford in my day!

Come on Katharine, I bet DR was a total uninhibited raver.
by rockfreak
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: EG MALINS
Replies: 2
Views: 257

Re: EG MALINS

One of Gad's sayings that I remember from English classes: "The Sagger says that your rifle is your best friend but I say that your dictionary is your best friend." Worked well for me - I was a scribbler (music papers) rather than a soldier.
by rockfreak
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 128
Views: 22162

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

Interesting to see Dr Matthews and his sex education crop up. Elsewhere on the site someone has already reminded us that when said Doc was asked how one should approach one's girlfriend in matters of l'amor he said "it's alright as long as you're both laughing". This puzzled many of us at the time a...
by rockfreak
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How will CH cope with Brexit?
Replies: 56
Views: 1937

Re: How will CH cope with Brexit?

If Wesley Clark is not to your personal liking then who is? Let's have a "name your favourite general" competition. By the way, another big American name at the time was Alan Greenspan, head of the Federal Reserve at the time of Bush Jr. There's that news clip where Greenspan had just finished talki...
by rockfreak
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How will CH cope with Brexit?
Replies: 56
Views: 1937

Re: How will CH cope with Brexit?

If Wesley Clark is not to your personal liking then who is? Let's have a "name your favourite general" competition. By the way, another big American name at the time was Alan Greenspan, head of the Federal Reserve at the time of Bush Jr. There's that news clip where Greenspan had just finished talki...
by rockfreak
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How will CH cope with Brexit?
Replies: 56
Views: 1937

Re: How will CH cope with Brexit?

Without bothering to engage with it point by point, Avon says that my post is arrant bollocks. I suppose that this is the kind of chortling response that ex-public schoolboys and Bullingdon boys like Boris Johnson would say about something they disagreed with but were too lazy to engage with. Like "...
by rockfreak
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How will CH cope with Brexit?
Replies: 56
Views: 1937

Re: How will CH cope with Brexit?

J.R. wrote:
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:30 pm
I do love good conspiracy theories.
How do you know it's a conspiracy theory?
by rockfreak
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How will CH cope with Brexit?
Replies: 56
Views: 1937

Re: How will CH cope with Brexit?

I'm always a bit wary of putting too black and white a picture on these colonial events because I suspect so much happens below the public and news radar. For instance, the affair of the UN's Dag Hammarskjold's plane being shot down over half a century ago has recently come to light as a result of a...
by rockfreak
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Who Knew What?
Replies: 217
Views: 16761

Re: Who Knew What?

On the subject of food, George Orwell (dreadful Prep school and Eton) said that in his day the poorest working class family served better (if plain) but more edible food than the English public schools. Of course Orwell came from the South so it's possible his home fare was better than that of the d...