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by rockfreak
Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: School Chaplains
Replies: 82
Views: 14712

Re: School Chaplains

OK, so having mentioned Corks (and by implication bottles), here's another limerick for all Coleridge pupils of the 1950s. Corks with the bottle was handy, Like Buck (who was also quite randy). There was, it did seem, An alcohol theme; Mrs Riches' pet cat was called Brandy. Somewhat off subject, I'v...
by rockfreak
Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: School Chaplains
Replies: 82
Views: 14712

Re: School Chaplains

JR and I have posted in days past on theological teaching at CH in the 1950s. Windy favoured rational explanations: the Chain thought they were literally miracles from God (whoever he was). So I think a limerick is due: Windy went all scientific In matters of things beatific. But the line from the C...
by rockfreak
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: School Chaplains
Replies: 82
Views: 14712

Re: School Chaplains

Yes, I never knew the Chain was married. He kept it very quiet. I always wondered about our clerics back in the 1950s. How much did they actually believe? JR has recorded having a set-to with Windy (the Rev Whitfield) over matters like the Immaculate Conception. Back then we were a century on from D...
by rockfreak
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Going nuts at CH
Replies: 15
Views: 822

Re: Going nuts at CH

What a strange post from Time Please about the veracity of The Mail Online as opposed to the supposed left-wing bias of the BBC. The Daily Mail, along with the Express, Sun and Telegraph, have been picking away at the EU for as long as anyone can remember. I can remember even before we joined back i...
by rockfreak
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Going nuts at CH
Replies: 15
Views: 822

Re: Going nuts at CH

My comment about right-wing anarchists was echoed this week by Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer who ran a feature headlined: "The escalating delinquency of Boris Johnson and his gang of blue anarchists". As to mental conditions: I suppose they may have existed when I was at CH but simply didn't have ...
by rockfreak
Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Going nuts at CH
Replies: 15
Views: 822

Re: Going nuts at CH

In respect of the 1970s, I'm not carrying a flag for the often politically driven trade union wreckers in many (but not all) of our unions back then. Indeed I've just rewatched on television that disturbing film The Angry Silence in which Richard Attenborough plays the brave standout against the wil...
by rockfreak
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Going nuts at CH
Replies: 15
Views: 822

Re: Going nuts at CH

I note on investigating further that this symposium took place some months ago and was declared a great success. But it doesn't say in what way. How were the different categories of pupil affected? What were the main psychological problems? Allowing for the proportionate representation, did boarding...
by rockfreak
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Going nuts at CH
Replies: 15
Views: 822

Going nuts at CH

I note with interest that a group of senior pupils have instigated a symposium on mental health at school. They are including some state schools in their project but there are some prestigious boarding schools as well. What do we deduce from this? Is this the final admission (as some have long concl...
by rockfreak
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Writing letters home
Replies: 10
Views: 1344

Re: Writing letters home

I read with horror the tales from some schools that letters home were left open and censored. Even Hertford? I knuckled down so quickly at age nine that I don't think I ever mentioned being unhappy (which for some time I was).You weren't encouraged to feel unhappy. "Dear Mum and Dad, this is a horri...
by rockfreak
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Pocket money, Nausea and more
Replies: 21
Views: 1216

Re: Pocket money, Nausea and more

What did I spend my pocket money on? Around 1958 I exited the tuck shop with a fat slice of white bread slathered with butter. It cost about one penny in Mrs Tickner's tuck shop. I overhead two local workman who were working on the roof of the tuckshop say: "Why do these boys buy a slice of bread an...
by rockfreak
Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Nicko, Dicko and Kerensky
Replies: 4
Views: 632

Re: Nicko, Dicko and Kerensky

I remember both Nick and Tim from Col B. I seem to recall that they have both 'passed on'. I'm always intrigued by people who are supposed to have "passed on" John. It's a bit like the mediums who tell you about people who have "passed over". "There's someone here who's eager to get in touch with y...
by rockfreak
Fri Aug 28, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Nicko, Dicko and Kerensky
Replies: 4
Views: 632

Nicko, Dicko and Kerensky

I've lost John Wexler's thread where there is mention of Nicholas Cox and Timothy Dickinson (Col B in my and JR's day) proceeding down a street somewhere and Dickinson suddenly recognising Alexander Kerensky, a figure in the Russian revolution. Actually it's not so unlikely as it seems. In the mid-s...
by rockfreak
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Chapel choir, c. 1956
Replies: 10
Views: 8676

Re: Chapel choir, c. 1956

I still have this record in my "legacy essentials" LP collection, but I was always a bit miffed that after 7 years of singing in the chapel choir, I was prevented from participating in the recording by being sent to Cambridge to sit Scholarship exams (I am an Oxford graduate - enough said!). There ...
by rockfreak
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 19c Tissot painting found on the net
Replies: 18
Views: 6909

Re: 19c Tissot painting found on the net

The boys appear to be the equivalent of those punks with mohicans who. in the modern age, used to waylay unsuspecting tourists at Victoria coach station and offer insistently to hump their luggage a few yards for them, perhaps to the nearest taxi, in order to earn a quid or two. The CH boys at the N...
by rockfreak
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: English Exceptionalism
Replies: 12
Views: 743

Re: English Exceptionalism

Brexit will have no discernible benefit for anyone as far as I can see. Apart from Jacob Rees-Mogg who I believe has already moved his hedge fund to Dublin. And all those others who are in a position to escape to a tax haven or America (Nigel Farrago, Aaron Banks - oops! I believe he's a tax exile a...