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by rockfreak
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 21
Views: 2641

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

Sorry to come onto this thread years after the event and I hope the original poster is still on this mortal coil (well you never know when you're my age). No, the misgivings you expressed are perfectly normal and are explored in detail by the psychotherapist and ex-boarder Nick Duffell (one of whose...
by rockfreak
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Expelled
Replies: 159
Views: 17412

Re: Expelled

You can better make the most of it with a school like CH where, on a recent thread, they were encouraging leavers to link up with Old Blues who might be able to help them. Or a thread on the CHOBA site where they were advertising a jobs fair in the City - presumably so that leavers with some degree ...
by rockfreak
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Expelled
Replies: 159
Views: 17412

Re: Expelled

Quite a few eminent people have quit their boarding schools or been expelled. David Cornwell (aka John le Carre) ran away from his school (I think during or just after the war) hoping that a new Labour government would abolish them and that we'd have a one-tier system just like other countries. In s...
by rockfreak
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How Different Was Your Home Life From Your CH Life?
Replies: 50
Views: 6140

Re: How Different Was Your Home Life From Your CH Life?

It's so interesting reading back over this stuff and how varied opinions are. Considering that Christ's Hospital is supposed to be a bit different from the so-called elite fee-paying schools where you might expect to find snobbery, I can still discern gradations of social class consciousness, especi...
by rockfreak
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 130
Views: 23077

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

I was not scientifically minded so I'm not really au fait with this, but in the Christ's Hospital Book Barnes Wallis writes a chapter on the "heuristic" method mentioned earlier, and put into practice at CH in the last years in London and the early ones at Horsham by Chas Brown and Professor Armstro...
by rockfreak
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Historic methods of punishment
Replies: 12
Views: 453

Re: Historic methods of punishment

I'm not sure why I started this thread. Was it in reaction to someone else's post?
by rockfreak
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: looking for an ancient radio programme
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: looking for an ancient radio programme

Whenever I think of lunchtime weekend programmes from that era I think of Round the Horne. "Ooh hello Mr Horne, how nice to varder your dolly old eek again!" But I don't think that's what you've got in mind.
by rockfreak
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Historic methods of punishment
Replies: 12
Views: 453

Re: Historic methods of punishment

If it's the same documentary (and I think it is), there was some interesting footage about the execution of German war criminals after the war. At the time, George Orwell wrote that he'd heard that the Americans were stringing up some of these captives by the old-fashioned strangulation method (whic...
by rockfreak
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Historic methods of punishment
Replies: 12
Views: 453

Historic methods of punishment

Can some historian put me right on this. Surely the offender was drawn through the streets on a pallet of some sort, then partly hanged until, while still just about alive, he was cut down and disembowelled and his entrails burnt before him. But he'd be dead long before this wouldn't he? Ooh! Hello ...
by rockfreak
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH bans free speech
Replies: 2
Views: 307

CH bans free speech

After posting for some time on the Unofficial site (under the sometimes censorious Julian and the generally laid-back JR) I stumbled unwittingly onto the CHOBA official Old Blues site. I didn't ask to go there. It somehow came up complete with a window giving my signature picture and an inviting fla...
by rockfreak
Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How will CH cope with Brexit?
Replies: 60
Views: 2380

Re: How will CH cope with Brexit?

If the letter in the Guardian naming Wes Clark is untrue then I've no doubt that Clark would have moved pretty quickly to squash it via the libel courts. After all, it's a pretty hefty accusation. As far as the writer (a defence analyst) making an unattributable accusation, he did sign the letter wi...
by rockfreak
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How will CH cope with Brexit?
Replies: 60
Views: 2380

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: 5
Views: 396

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: 60
Views: 2380

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: 60
Views: 2380

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 ...