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by rockfreak
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 62
Views: 2409

Re: Brexit

We know a little more now about who was funding the Leave campaign. The City money that went to Remain was apparently largely from the more respectable end of the financial sector - banks, pension funds, insurance, etc (maybe even Banker Brown). The Leave donations appear to have come largely from h...
by rockfreak
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Covid 19 Hardship Fund
Replies: 44
Views: 892

Re: Covid 19 Hardship Fund

If CH has decided to take itself out of the state educational system and "relieve" the state of having to educate these kids then that is CH's worry. If CH has decided to follow Eton and Harrow and build state-of-the-art facilities and employ loads of specialist coaches to staff them in or...
by rockfreak
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Covid 19 Hardship Fund
Replies: 44
Views: 892

Re: Covid 19 Hardship Fund

What's so special about the underprivileged pupils at Christ's Hospital? There are underprivileged people all over the country.
by rockfreak
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 62
Views: 2409

Re: Brexit

The misgivings of the City are well founded. The financial pages report that six billion euros-worth of trades fled the City on January 2. The trouble is that it will probably be the more kosher end of financial activities that go while the dodgier end will stay and further endorse London's reputati...
by rockfreak
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Webb and sexual abuse at CH
Replies: 25
Views: 3182

Re: Webb and sexual abuse at CH

Dear oh Dear, Col A sounds very boring. But we're right about being on the wrong thread. The right one is of course "Is CH gay?" I've already posted on that one. As have many others. Proving that not everyone was in Col A. Or wearing chastity belts.
by rockfreak
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Webb and sexual abuse at CH
Replies: 25
Views: 3182

Re: Webb and sexual abuse at CH

Would barbed wire have been that widespread in the 19th century? Besides, what would have stopped the boys using the normal entrance to the adjacent cubicle...? Barbed wire was becoming practical and widespread by the mid-1870s. It made it economic to keep cattle off good arable land. Barbed wire s...
by rockfreak
Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Webb and sexual abuse at CH
Replies: 25
Views: 3182

Re: Webb and sexual abuse at CH

What was the night time activity like in Col A John?
by rockfreak
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Webb and sexual abuse at CH
Replies: 25
Views: 3182

Re: Webb and sexual abuse at CH

I'm indebted to the historian Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy for my information: "The habit in the late nineteenth century of dividing the boys' dormitories into cubicles, so these could be locked at lights out. That wasn't always sufficient to stop the most lustful. At Wellington, the headmaster Edwa...
by rockfreak
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Webb and sexual abuse at CH
Replies: 25
Views: 3182

Re: Webb and sexual abuse at CH

https://nowmynews.blogspot.com/2020/11/eton-college-headmaster-calls.html?m=1 Not dormitories but study bedrooms these days. Could one of the more enlightened members of this forum please explain to me why they are so confident that with current safeguarding it couldn't happen again? One of those b...
by rockfreak
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 7
Views: 464

Re: Brexit

I don't know what these wonderful British laws are but would they be the same ones that failed to stop Nigel Lawson's deregulated City from tanking our economy in 1990 and 2007?
by rockfreak
Sat Dec 26, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 7
Views: 464

Re: Brexit

Well c'mon guys and gals, what do we think? No trade tariffs on goods but now a customs union holding our lorries up? Still a barrier in the Irish sea with no technology yet to ensure seamless movement? Nothing yet on Services - much the biggest part of our GDP? Services does not attract tariffs but...
by rockfreak
Fri Dec 25, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: On Christmas Night
Replies: 3
Views: 504

Re: On Christmas Night

Sadly my budgie died a few days ago so won't be able to participate. RIP Polly, my good friend.
by rockfreak
Fri Dec 25, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Christmas 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: Christmas 2020

I don't understand what people mean when they start throwing this term Socialism around as a pejorative. It can mean anything from the heavy handed state-organised systems of the old Eastern Europe Communist bloc countries to the social democratic set-ups in Scandinavia. It's very popular as an insu...
by rockfreak
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Christmas 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: Christmas 2020

I wish I could be as cheerful as you guys. I don't wish to be a party pooper but when I left CH in 1960 I think that we all felt that things were getting better. But after Mrs Thatcher came in they got worse, and they continue to get worse. I worry about the prospects for my daughters and grandchild...
by rockfreak
Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Christmas 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: Christmas 2020

The virus is still there a hoverin'
But with Brexit our shores will be sovereign.
The trucks are all stranded
But to be very candid:
"Happy new year?" It's hardly worth botherin'!