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by rockfreak
Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Is private education overrated?
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: Is private education overrated?

Couple of minor points in response to PeA: Julie Burchill joined the NME precisely because they wanted someone younger to cover the burgeoning punk scene. "Hip young gunslinger wanted" they advertised. She got the job by sending them a sample review of Patti Smith's Horses album. And no, I'm not con...
by rockfreak
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Is private education overrated?
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Is private education overrated?

OK folks, this is the big issue. The bouncing bomb. Bouncier than BW. More spectacular than Spoony. Apres Freaky le deluge. Let's choose a field of activity that I'm familiar with. In 1976 Julie Burchill, aged 17, answered an ad for a job on the NME. She'd previously been working in a biscuit factor...
by rockfreak
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Parents - Past, Present & Future
Topic: doesnt want us to visit
Replies: 17
Views: 2888

Re: doesnt want us to visit

I hardly recall parents visiting to attend inter-house matches in the 1950s although school first team rugby and cricket matches against other schools were better attended, although perhaps only by parents who happened to be passing through. One of the more positive things that I believe I took from...
by rockfreak
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Lousey magazine
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Re: Lousey magazine

Looking at the link I noticed that Mary Ireland got a shout. She way, way pre-dated my time there but I saw her making a cameo appearance on Rockschool and remember thinking that I wish we had had teachers like that. Are my impressions right?
by rockfreak
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: 1968 and all that
Replies: 11
Views: 343

1968 and all that

I left in 1960, just as Peter Cook and co were readying the end of the age of deference. A faint rumble of dissent deep underground. But in 1968 Paris was ablaze and Grosvenor Square was rioting. I'd love to know what was happening at CH from anyone who was there at the time. How did the sedate and ...
by rockfreak
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Sheila and Peter Higgins - character references for Gary Dobbie
Replies: 58
Views: 3329

Re: Sheila and Peter Higgins - character references for Gary Dobbie

Lesson from all this? Keep your children close. Don't send them away to be brought up by strangers on account of some social prestige that you think it will give you. Or them. OK, I know it happens at Catholic day schools, but that is because some Catholics are dumb enough to believe that the local ...
by rockfreak
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP Michael Scuffil
Replies: 9
Views: 529

Re: RIP Michael Scuffil

I never quite knew what Michael's specialism was because he seemed to know Latin and history, but I now find out that art was one of his main things. I've no doubt that he's now up there giving St Peter his artistic opinion of the pearly gates. "Rather ornately baroque, St Peter. What about all thos...
by rockfreak
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP Michael Scuffil
Replies: 9
Views: 529

Re: RIP Michael Scuffil

An articulate and informed contributor to the site. I can only add to the general sentiment by re-posting my limerick:

An eminent doctor named Scuffil
Was prone to the pedagogue shuffle.
The theories did flow,
Sometimes just a bon mot,
But he always delivered a truffle.
by rockfreak
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: CH in this week's Economist magazine re sex scandal in 1815
Replies: 17
Views: 1002

Re: CH in this week's Economist magazine re sex scandal in 1815

I think it's quite touching; older figures of authority back then being flagellated by pupils. Seems positively egalitarian. When I was there in the 50s it was definitively the other way round. We might have welcomed the chance to take the birch to some of them. "OK Macnutt, (or NT Fryer, or several...
by rockfreak
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Historic methods of punishment
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: Historic methods of punishment

Sejintenej says that after guillotining the brain was still active for 30 seconds. Do you think that if Sejintenej had been up for the chop his head would still have been rolling around in the basket telling everyone that being slippered by Kit in the 1950s had been the making of him? Until he reali...
by rockfreak
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: CH in this week's Economist magazine re sex scandal in 1815
Replies: 17
Views: 1002

Re: CH in this week's Economist magazine re sex scandal in 1815

You really must read all read James Brooke-Smith's recent book Gilded Youth which depicts the shenanigans that went on at boarding schools in times past. The loucheness, legover and libertarianism that went on at boarding schools in the Regency period was seemingly just a reflection of the same acti...
by rockfreak
Thu May 30, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH bans free speech
Replies: 10
Views: 945

Re: CH bans free speech

More on the ferret-like (Lord) Theodore Agnew who was pictured on the CHOBA site. Owen Jones's excellent investigative book "The Establishment, and how they get away with it" notes that the said Lord is, or has been, a member of Policy Exchange. This is one of several Thatcherite rightwing lobby gro...
by rockfreak
Thu May 16, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH bans free speech
Replies: 10
Views: 945

Re: CH bans free speech

Thank you Gingerbeard17. Indeed my point about the noble Agnew person is to ask what his aim is in all this. He's a big cheese in the multi academy trust movement and we know by now that the Stalinists who run education in the Tory party are increasingly prone to centralising everything and turning ...
by rockfreak
Wed May 15, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH bans free speech
Replies: 10
Views: 945

Re: CH bans free speech

Ha-ha! The CHOBA site has banned me again. After a previous contretemps in which I failed to join in the "Praise the Lord for our Foundation" ass-licking fest, they relented and put my window in again. But it didn't last long. I spotted a picture on the CHOBA site in which Tory peer Lord Agnew was p...
by rockfreak
Sat May 11, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?
Replies: 97
Views: 6152

Re: Anyone else who hated being at CH ?

Yes, at my age time telescopes. Cats too.