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by ZeroDeConduite
Thu May 14, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The CCF Signals Section
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: The CCF Signals Section

"Another single example of a special big, very heavy set, normally used in a tank, was also available." That was a 22 set, which came with a full power supply and a Class D wavemeter to tune it accurately. With a calculated full wave aerial hung up in the lime trees outside Uncle's classroom we man...
by ZeroDeConduite
Thu May 07, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The school glider
Replies: 15
Views: 1233

Re: The school glider

As I remember (hazily) the one in the late 1950s was in effect a horizontal bungee jump – merely a training aid designed to give at most a few seconds of 'flying' experience a few inches off the ground. The bungee was stretched by a sort of rugby scrum then a restraining mechanism was released. I do...
by ZeroDeConduite
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Now it reaches Eton
Replies: 51
Views: 5681

Re: Now it reaches Eton

"Remember we were not allowed outside the ring fence except to go to the gym and pool or with an authorised adult. I know some people used to fish in the farm pool as well...." I don't remember any of that ;-) Peele A must have existed in an alternate universe. Every time we were allowed out I roam...
by ZeroDeConduite
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP Jasper Griffin
Replies: 5
Views: 946

Re: RIP Jasper Griffin

Quote from Guardian article: "He did not enjoy boarding but thrived academically..." With him a Grecian and me as a squit, I remember his face displaying a supercilious disdain for the whole process of the school's regime treating everyone essentially like an 11 year-old in every field apart from ed...
by ZeroDeConduite
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Cross-country runs
Replies: 41
Views: 5356

Re: Cross-country runs

Peele A had 'triangles' (around the road triangle near the railway bridge), and 'level crossings' to the crossing by Eastlands Copse (where the old railway branched off). And weekly mandatory house runs round/through Shelley's Wood and back over Sharperhurst hill then to the aforementioned level cro...
by ZeroDeConduite
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Old Blue Clearout
Replies: 34
Views: 6615

Re: Old Blue Clearout

the small car that was manhandled during break in the 1/4 mile and wedged between 2 trees... I seem to remember that was an Austin 7 (the pre-war variant) belonging to to a junior master (maybe music?) and the man-handling was done, very easily, by Beaky Davies and a fellow Harlequin rugby player. ...
by ZeroDeConduite
Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Poulton, Cairncross, Sillett
Replies: 61
Views: 8853

Re: Poulton, Cairncross, Sillett

Todays' BBC West news bulletin contained a report of the IICSA's ongoing residential schools investigation into Wells Cathedral School - where, but for her retirement last year, Cairncross would have been the one interviewed about the 2007 conviction for pupil-abuse at the school by a staff member. ...
by ZeroDeConduite
Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP BRYAN MAGEE
Replies: 11
Views: 2006

Re: RIP BRYAN MAGEE

by ZeroDeConduite
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: CH Letter re support for abuse survivors
Replies: 28
Views: 3245

Re: CH Letter re support for abuse survivors

Bullying was institutionalised and endemic during my time at CH for sure, between 1985 and 1992. In-house hierarchies gave kids power over each other - and some abused it, to a greater or lesser extent. ...bullying has now moved online and can be just as nasty, if not worse, than the CH I remember....
by ZeroDeConduite
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Red Dean and CH
Replies: 2
Views: 678

Re: The Red Dean and CH

The CCF in 1959 (I think) had a week long summer camp, based at the army camp at Shorncliffe near Folkstone. The objective of the exercise was for the whole CCF to route march to Canterbury, capture the Red Dean's underpants and march and back - over four days.... As far as I remember it was the off...
by ZeroDeConduite
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: 1968 and all that
Replies: 16
Views: 2009

Re: 1968 and all that

CH Medical Officer Trevor Hoskins, writing in June 1978, had this to says: In a decade since student unrest reached its height, and those of us working in schools saw its effect on schoolchildren, with an unprecedented questioning of authority and the entire basis of the educational system. Opting o...
by ZeroDeConduite
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Favourite teacher
Replies: 238
Views: 60976

Re: Favourite teacher

Ditto: re: the cowpat poster. My overriding memory of Uncle is the Sunday morning session in his lab - ostensibly to practice morse code - where he had us calculate the full wave aerial length for a particular ham radio frequency, then measure out copper wire to be about 3x wavelength and string it ...
by ZeroDeConduite
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 58
Views: 8839

Re: Vikki Askew

In his book 'A Fire To Be Kindled' which is a professional memoir, Gordon Van Praagh only mentions a first trip to Sarawak in 1960, returning 'many times since'.
by ZeroDeConduite
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Science teaching in the 50's
Replies: 41
Views: 9419

Re: Science teaching in the 50's

...being well taught Chemistry by Van Praagh... The question to address now is regarding Science Teaching in the 2020's and beyond - building on what might be viewed as a golden age of science teaching in the mid 20thC. Gordon Van Praagh summed up his experience in a book he wrote which was publish...
by ZeroDeConduite
Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Vikki Askew
Replies: 58
Views: 8839

Re: Vikki Askew

michael scuffil wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:57 pm
ZeroDeConduite wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:02 pm
Corks left in 1957 -- what do you mean 'long gone'?
I only meant that many months had elapsed between 1957 and 1960 when I decided music was missing in my education...