Search found 102 matches

by Otter
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Writing letters home
Replies: 8
Views: 259

Re: Writing letters home

Letters were collected and posted in the box at the entrance of the Masters’ Common Room. I suppose we were lucky to have a pillar box in the main quad into which, unlike for the girls, we could post anything at any time. This reminds me of a rumour/anecdote from when I was at CH, according to whic...
by Otter
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Absenteeism
Replies: 52
Views: 5045

Re: Absenteeism

The original topic and talk of School Sergeant reminds me of the so-called School Marshall we had in the 1990s. I think his name might have been Smith but I could be completely mistaken. To be honest I'm not sure what his role was except standing outside Dining Hall most of the day, making sure pupi...
by Otter
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Cross-country runs
Replies: 33
Views: 1714

Re: Cross-country runs

I remember Mike Gladding sending us off down Peele Straight while he stayed in his Mini and caught up from time to time, telling us to go faster. The senior steeplechase continued along a driveway (which I think leads to muntham house school) Well I've learnt something. Had no idea there was another...
by Otter
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: prison releases
Replies: 17
Views: 1247

Re: prison releases

When I worked for the Probation Service I came face to face with people like the CH convicts. I know Richard has mentioned this before, and I can only reiterate for reassurance, that convicted sex offenders are among the most heavily monitored and surveilled offenders of all. And on a scale ranging ...
by Otter
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Milk
Replies: 24
Views: 1238

Milk

Thought I would add some levity while discussing the incredibly important issue of milk in boarding houses. I remember in the mid 90s we got biblical quantities of milk delivered every weekday to every boarding house. A massive crate of 15 or 20 bottles of 2 pints each. A lot of it went unused. Thos...
by Otter
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Bishop Ball documentary BBC2 2100 TONIGHT
Replies: 56
Views: 2831

Re: Bishop Ball documentary BBC2 2100 TONIGHT

Met the (or a?) nightwatchman a couple of times. I guess reporting you for being out would have been more hassle than it was worth for him, so as long as you weren't doing anything stupid, he'd just have a chat and remind you to lock up when you went back to house. I was never sure if this mythical...
by Otter
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Relationships - Grecian / UF
Replies: 40
Views: 1803

Re: Relationships - Grecian / UF

I must admit i am a little in the dark as to how a university would figure things out - do they get records/references from the school etc? Would those records/references state the reason for the expulsion etc? (In which case it would surely take a hard puritanical heart to judge someone dismissed ...
by Otter
Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 607
Views: 65597

Re: Politics

I [...] am sad at the national F Off at anyone from a low-income background doing an honest day's work and striving to improve their lives. I'm inclined to agree, but I'm equally sad that a majority of those "from a low-income background doing an honest day's work and striving to improve their live...
by Otter
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 607
Views: 65597

Re: Politics

Well ... I guess we can say there will continue to be no shortage of people needing a place at CH, with the national vote in favour of poverty and keeping/widening the wealth divide. Schools like this will be important in times like these. I no longer care about Brexit one way or the other, but am s...
by Otter
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 607
Views: 65597

Re: Politics

I have never understood why it is viewed by some as Marxist to believe in the very CH-like ethos that your success in life should not be determined by who your parents are, who they know and how much money they have.
by Otter
Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 607
Views: 65597

Re: Politics

The UK Passport office seems to be interested in such people if they renew UK passports I have a second passport due to ancestry; whenever I renew my British passport I have to provide a photocopy of every page of my other passport. It’s for anyone with dual/multiple nationality, not just Irish. Bu...
by Otter
Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 607
Views: 65597

Re: Politics

Does BJ think an election would give him a clear majority? I think that is his hope (but I don't whether he actually believes it could happen). I don't support him or the Conservatives, but I understand his reasoning, as you can't get much done when you have a minority in the Commons so get constan...
by Otter
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Did anyone know?
Replies: 154
Views: 17800

Re: Did anyone know?

I got tipsy at a teacher's house for a leaving party about a week before the end of my Grecians. The teacher was also retiring. The whole class was invited, as were numerous staff (both teachers and non-teaching staff, spouses, etc.). Nothing untoward whatsoever; I remain in occasional contact with ...
by Otter
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Did anyone know?
Replies: 154
Views: 17800

Re: Did anyone know?

Institutional awareness? What on earth does that actually mean...? I guess he means the SMT - the most powerful staff body at the school, consisting of HM Poulton and Deputy HMs Sillett and Cairncross - about as institutional as you get in a school I suppose - who were fully aware of at least one c...
by Otter
Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Bursaries Shmursaries
Replies: 23
Views: 1690

Re: Bursaries Shmursaries

If anyone's interested, there is a good-natured debate going on on the Old Blues Facebook site about this Labour proposal. Some interesting and salient points made from all sides. Would copy the link but FB blocked here at work! :shock: