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by scrub
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: English Exceptionalism
Replies: 12
Views: 844

Re: English Exceptionalism

I don't follow football but there is a city with two important football clubs, Celtic being one. The supporters of each hate the other team (it seems to be a religious divide) but if you dare deride Ireland they will unite as brothers. Trying to unpick the mess that is Old Firm Fitba, sectarianism,...
by scrub
Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Elizabeth Cairncross
Replies: 75
Views: 10294

Re: Elizabeth Cairncross

I am also confused and angry why there is seemingly no action being taken against P-S-C after their admissions in court. Assuming they even had a legal case to answer for, given the combined and sustained efforts that were needed to get Dobbie, Karim, Husband, Burr, and Webb (I'm sure there were on...
by scrub
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: GRACE
Replies: 71
Views: 4179

Re: GRACE

But what on earth were non-academic button grecians, whose existence was implied by Mr Ed? Was this some sort of consolation prize, if so for what? They were house captains/school monitors. Depending on your point of view they were either the most upstanding senior pupils capable of maintaining cor...
by scrub
Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: GRACE
Replies: 71
Views: 4179

Re: GRACE

I think it was just Button Grecians while I was there, I don't remember anyone else and I don't know if all of them had to do it either. It might just have been the ones (house captains/monitors?) who sat at the dais for lunch.
by scrub
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: GRACE
Replies: 71
Views: 4179

Re: GRACE

Unless you were cooking for yourself, or had to bring something back from breakfast/tea for the older kids, the only in-house meals I remember were Sunday breakfasts once (or twice) a year in the junior house where the kitchen dropped off croissants, yogurt, bread, and jam the night before, and occa...
by scrub
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: GRACE
Replies: 71
Views: 4179

Re: GRACE

I'm impressed anyone can remember that much of them! I fairly sure I couldn't have repeated them while I was there and my only memories of it now are trying not to get caught messing around during, and the occasional time the lunch master(?)/monitor/the one with the gavel, made the Grecian read it a...
by scrub
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Elizabeth Cairncross
Replies: 75
Views: 10294

Re: Elizabeth Cairncross

I don't think you can use that example to claim that it goes to show things were 'out of control' at the school in the 90s. That story was a couple of years after I left and was the first I'd heard of it (I'd left the country well before it was published), and you're right in that one story alone c...
by scrub
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH, Degrees and PPE (not the Coronavirus sort)
Replies: 44
Views: 3985

Re: CH, Degrees and PPE (not the Coronavirus sort)

Interesting. Drama was my main outlet in a tricky couple of years during the end of my time at CH, and I've always seen the theatre and DNP as one (or rather two) of the best things to happen to CH while I was there. Ah yes, I forgot about DNP, an oversight on my part. I do agree with Scrub that CH...
by scrub
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH, Degrees and PPE (not the Coronavirus sort)
Replies: 44
Views: 3985

Re: CH, Degrees and PPE (not the Coronavirus sort)

why the school these days has to employ what seem to be dedicated staff in sports, arts, drama, etc. There are multiple reasons why and I think that one of the biggest drivers is to keep up with parental expectations these days. This isn't just a CH-specific thing, but a UK-wide issue. A belief tha...
by scrub
Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH, Degrees and PPE (not the Coronavirus sort)
Replies: 44
Views: 3985

Re: CH, Degrees and PPE (not the Coronavirus sort)

So what is the general tendency of successful graduates from CH? Has there been a discernible bias in any one discipline? Depends on how you define success. Assuming that means 'have completed a degree', then I don't think there's any noticeable bias. Granted, I haven't kept in contact with that ma...
by scrub
Wed May 20, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Mr Redshaw's Rednecks
Replies: 14
Views: 1312

Re: Mr Redshaw's Rednecks

Whereas in my part of North Wales I didn't see a single Leave poster and the majority vote was Remain - we've had a lot of EU money spent here. A ton of money has been spent in the south too. Last time my folks were there, not long after the referendum, they got into a number of arguments with the ...
by scrub
Wed May 20, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Mr Redshaw's Rednecks
Replies: 14
Views: 1312

Re: Mr Redshaw's Rednecks

I'd always thought roughneck referred to riggers who, for the most part, have happily taken the name on. Didn't know it had other meanings. And with regards to the Brexit vote in Wales, it was the retired English old-timers in Wales who made the difference. I've heard that a lot, but besides being a...
by scrub
Wed May 13, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CCF alternative
Replies: 13
Views: 1367

Re: CCF alternative

In the 90s you had a choice of CCF, scouts, DofE and Community Service That was it, although I don't remember too many people choosing com service. If I remember right, if you were in scouts, you automatically did DoE as part of that. I remember doing a lot of gardening as part of my DoE. A mate an...
by scrub
Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH Closed. COVID19
Replies: 35
Views: 4248

Re: CH Closed. COVID19

Will the extent of the lockdown prove to have been worth it...? 17,000 people die every year from complications related to seasonal Flu in England alone. A few years ago, when the vaccine didn't match up with that year's strain it was over 35,000. We're only going to know that in hindsight, by that...
by scrub
Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP Tom Jeffers 1944-2020
Replies: 23
Views: 3518

Re: RIP Tom Jeffers 1944-2020

That's a damn shame, dementia is a terrible disease. He was a nice guy and one of the few teachers whose classes I can still remember. For years I had to make a conscious effort not to sing "Können sie mir bitte sagen, wo der Marktplatz ist?" when speaking German :lol: .