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by rockfreak
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 609
Views: 67552

Re: Politics

How amusing to watch libertarian, laissez-faire Boris wriggling and squirming as he metamorphoses into Franklin D Roosevelt. Suddenly government has a role to play (Richard Branson, Mike Ashley and G4S eat your heart out). After ten years of cuts the health services and councils are struggling nobly...
by rockfreak
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: COVID19
Replies: 23
Views: 753

Re: COVID19

Pictures of our city centres are positively evocative. Empty spaces with perhaps "Two figures in a landscape". They look like tableaux from films by the French art director Alain Resnais. "Last year in Chipping Sodbury" perhaps. Or "Grimsby Mon Amour".
by rockfreak
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH Official site: a plethora of pomposity and pedantry
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Re: CH Official site: a plethora of pomposity and pedantry

As far as privilege and private education go, this is precisely the point I'm making. Although you and I benefited from it, it cannot be fair. Alan Bennett (northern, working class, grammar school) has said the same thing, as indeed has Mark Thomas in an interview I read with him. He said that the s...
by rockfreak
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH Official site: a plethora of pomposity and pedantry
Replies: 3
Views: 311

CH Official site: a plethora of pomposity and pedantry

For a while I was banned from the official site but they seem to have relented (perhaps foolishly) and I now have an inviting little window winking at me again. Actually I found it rather more bizarre than the Unofficial site where there is at least a robust exchange of honest views. I note one agei...
by rockfreak
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: COVID19
Replies: 23
Views: 753

Re: COVID19

Pubs emptying. It's a dream come true. I can snuggle up in a corner with a pint and my copy of Viz (Hello Finbarr! Hello Fat Slags!) untroubled by Sun-reading, Tory-voting rednecks. Bliss. Actually I was hoping to go rock climbing again with my climbing friend from West Cumbria this year after a cou...
by rockfreak
Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: COVID19
Replies: 23
Views: 753

Re: COVID19

I've just wanged off one of my letters to the Guardian suggesting that if pubs, clubs and restaurants are now being emptied, surely these are now the best places to go for social distancing.
by rockfreak
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: COVID19
Replies: 23
Views: 753

Re: COVID19

The draconian cuts to the health service, social care, et al by the Tory government over the past ten years will become apparent as we struggle to cope with this. As a result Boris the bumbling Bullingdon buffoon will be exposed for what he is. There are compensations. As a Spurs fan our players (wh...
by rockfreak
Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 609
Views: 67552

Re: Politics

Anyone wondering who has all the money these days might take a look at the FT Weekend, the Sat/Sun edition which is actually a very good all-round read (a paywall unfortunately so you have to shell out for the print). They have a glossy supplement called "How To Spend It" which is an eye-opener. Las...
by rockfreak
Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Now it reaches Eton
Replies: 5
Views: 601

Re: Now it reaches Eton

Have I got this right but wasn't it parents and alumni of Eton and Queen's Club who appeared in the box as witnesses to attest to Karim's excellent character when he was up before the beak? Perhaps it's Eton as well as Christ's Hospital who can't see these people coming (fnurg fnurg).
by rockfreak
Sat Mar 07, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Cross-country runs
Replies: 41
Views: 2831

Re: Cross-country runs

J Hopgood correctly remembers Ian and Peter Bissett of Lamb B coming in stride for stride to win the steeplechase. It was expected that a chap named Boris Holmes from one of the Thornton houses would win but at the start of the final straight with Big School in sight he was looking knackered and the...
by rockfreak
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP Jasper Griffin
Replies: 5
Views: 354

RIP Jasper Griffin

Come on you older Blues from our distinguished school, one of the great classicists of my era popped his clogs just recently and attracted a very appreciative obit in the Guardian. Not much use I know since most of you guys read the Torygraph, the Mail (or even perhaps the Sun) but anyway Griffin wa...
by rockfreak
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Bursaries Shmursaries
Replies: 23
Views: 1936

Re: Bursaries Shmursaries

In reply to Loringa, the state sector is struggling precisely because it's being deliberately and cynically starved of cash by a right wing government. Teachers and parents having to pitch in to help with classroom duties and cleaning. The reason of course is that so many of those in positions of po...
by rockfreak
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Bursaries Shmursaries
Replies: 23
Views: 1936

Re: Bursaries Shmursaries

Yes I accept the differences between directly state paid as against independent practitioners but if private schools are abolished where will they go? They'll be effectively state employees because there won't be any other work. In today's Thatcherite world I suppose they'll be the pedagogic equival...
by rockfreak
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Bursaries Shmursaries
Replies: 23
Views: 1936

Re: Bursaries Shmursaries

Well if Labour get elected they may abolish charitable status of private schools and then where would CH be? Interestingly it was two Tory politicians who mooted the idea in 1944. Churchill (Harrow) who wanted to dilute the schools by flooding them with assisted places (although still keeping the b...
by rockfreak
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Bursaries Shmursaries
Replies: 23
Views: 1936

Bursaries Shmursaries

I've just received a letter from the proverbial Simon asking me for a contribution for a bursary to CH. He clearly doesn't keep up to date with these sites because otherwise he'd have discovered that I've been banned from the official CHOBA site by an uptight, haughty, professional PR woman who is p...