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by bakunin
Fri Jun 19, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Bishop Ball documentary BBC2 2100 TONIGHT
Replies: 73
Views: 6736

Re: Bishop Ball documentary BBC2 2100 TONIGHT

You make some interesting points here though I would suggest that most (though clearly not all) abuse is perpetrated by people known to the victim so there is nothing unique about the horrors perpetrated at Christ's Hospital in that sense at least. Unfortunately, I think your arguments lose much of...
by bakunin
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The tragedy of William Gibbs
Replies: 15
Views: 1474

Re: The tragedy of William Gibbs

Not heard of that. If the punishment of 30 birch strokes for running was common knowledge, why did it take a public enquiry to stop it? Who sanctioned it and why was it never stopped before? Parallels to the questions people are asking today... Seems like self-contained, closed communities can get ...
by bakunin
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Elizabeth Cairncross
Replies: 49
Views: 5330

Re: Elizabeth Cairncross

An indicative story. Sometime in the mid 80’s rice pudding was served to the school. Almost in unison there was a groan of surprise from the tables. The reason? Salt had been used instead of sugar. It was inedible. For 850 people. No form of tasting or quality control had been done between pantry a...
by bakunin
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Elizabeth Cairncross
Replies: 49
Views: 5330

Re: Elizabeth Cairncross

...with regards to your claiming the food was inedible, how bad was it in the 80s in relative terms compared to schools dinners in state schools, or indeed in other independent schools? My recollection from the start of the 90s was that if anything could be hit or miss, it was lunches. Breakfasts a...
by bakunin
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Elizabeth Cairncross
Replies: 49
Views: 5330

Re: Elizabeth Cairncross

I have recently heard that some boy squits were deliberately withheld food and had to go begging from girls' tables. I can confirm this. It happened to me as well as at least one other poster on this forum. I lived on milk and toast. I would enter weird dreamlike states every evening before bedtime...
by bakunin
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Elizabeth Cairncross
Replies: 49
Views: 5330

Re: Elizabeth Cairncross

And let's not forget the house cleaners who had to clean up the kitchens where the counters were caked in butter, jam, marmalade, baked beans, with toast crumbs and left over bread everywhere. That brings back a memory of the Maine A brew room ceiling. Instead of dropping rubbish on the ground it w...
by bakunin
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: The silence of Elizabeth Cairncross
Replies: 15
Views: 3636

Re: The silence of Elizabeth Cairncross

I am led to beleive that whilst principal at Wells Cathderal School subsequently, she was in the habit of sending children who had homesickness or other vunerabilities to stay for a little while with the late Peter Ball, sometime Bishop of Gloucester who was subsequently jailed for a string of pred...
by bakunin
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Now it reaches Eton
Replies: 51
Views: 5832

Re: Now it reaches Eton

The problem with all your comments is that, despite all the benefits you received at Christ's Hospital, you have this massive chip on your shoulder and it colours absolutely everything you post. I don't know what benefits I received at CH that I wouldn't have received at a day school, I never got a...
by bakunin
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Did anyone know?
Replies: 154
Views: 22180

Re: Did anyone know?

Of course they knew! I have been given some reliable inside information that it was an open secret in the staff common room. It was joked about, they all knew who was up to it. They colluded. Also... the same source told me that it was known among Oxbridge graduate circles that if you had certain p...
by bakunin
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Bishop Ball documentary BBC2 2100 TONIGHT
Replies: 73
Views: 6736

Re: Bishop Ball documentary BBC2 2100 TONIGHT

Watched the second part tonight - harrowing. The use of the phrase “non-recent” abuse or “historical abuse” by CH has always grated with me - somehow made it maybe feel like ages ago, and maybe somehow less significant.....but have never been able to articulate quite why. They shouldn't be allowed ...
by bakunin
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Michael Porteous
Replies: 19
Views: 2581

Re: Michael Porteous

Isn't there another ex staff member (ERM) in exile in Thailiand? It seems you can join the web of grubs together quite easily Richard Poulton, the Headmaster when I was there, who is documented (by newspapers and court records) as having done very little to prevent rampant child abuse during his te...
by bakunin
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Boarding School Syndrome
Replies: 12
Views: 1926

Boarding School Syndrome

Quite a good short article on Boarding School Syndrome by George Monbiot: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/07/boarding-schools-boris-johnson-bullies Many have expressed more pleasant memories of CH, but a lot of this rings true for me, for example: On my first night at boarding sch...
by bakunin
Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Did anyone know?
Replies: 154
Views: 22180

Re: Did anyone know?

I knew nothing more than vague rumours (I was there '89-96). But apparently the wildest, least believable rumours are the ones I should have believed. However it's clear from the various quotations from the trials in the papers that senior staff knew, and suppressed the information from going to the...
by bakunin
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: New Victim comes forward
Replies: 14
Views: 2521

Re: New Victim comes forward

sejintenej wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:43 pm
Does it make any difference? The school would have to pass on any information and also press the person to contact the police
They don't exactly have a very good track record of passing information on to the police, even when legally obliged to do so...
by bakunin
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: THE DOWNSIDE/AMPLEFORTH REPORT
Replies: 16
Views: 2174

Re: THE DOWNSIDE/AMPLEFORTH REPORT

Recommendations made by Dr Ruth and Dr Elizabeth Mann were not followed, and there was disagreement as to how some offending monks, including Piers Grant‑Ferris and Gregory Carroll, should be dealt with, including in respect of reporting them to the statutory authorities. As a result, both the Mann...