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by loringa
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

OK, I admit to a bit of sloppy writing - by 'independent schools' I mean independent boarding schools and just to clarify that - NOT independent day schools and NOT state-funded boarding schools. Although most of us attended a Christ's Hospital where everyone except the non-foundationers boarded, I...
by loringa
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

I once visited Virginia Military Institute (a.k.a. VMI) which struck me as equivalent to a British boarding school, where the CCF has got completely out-of-hand. The VMI is only a school in the sense that in the US universities are often referred to as schools. The VMI offers a 4-year undergraduate...
by loringa
Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

Of course, as you point out, this still doesn't touch on the subject of boarding as an educational choice. Private or state sponsored. Psychotherapists Nick Duffell and Prof Joy Scheverein have much to say in their writings on "boarding school syndrome" - a subject which they've been studying indep...
by loringa
Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Roger Allam in Radio Times
Replies: 32
Views: 1940

Re: Roger Allam in Radio Times

One of the things I like about this forum is the way topics are allowed to veer off track, however I can't help feeling we've had this conversation about charity status numerous times on other threads over the last decade and more. Does anyone know how much Roger Allam's parents paid towards his fe...
by loringa
Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Roger Allam in Radio Times
Replies: 32
Views: 1940

Re: Roger Allam in Radio Times

I strongly subscribe to the view that Old Blues go to Christ's Hospital so their children won't need to. The excellent education I received enables me to choose how to educate my daughter; this doesn't apply to everybody of course, especially the non-foundationers, some of whom are on this forum (a...
by loringa
Mon Oct 19, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Roger Allam in Radio Times
Replies: 32
Views: 1940

Re: Roger Allam in Radio Times

Well, when he was there - it was. Still is Presumably there is a tipping point for the Charity Commission? I don't know what that threshold might be for the percentage of full fee payers? You are probably right but the vast majority of independent schools in the UK, not just Christ's Hospital, enjo...
by loringa
Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Going nuts at CH
Replies: 25
Views: 1564

Re: Going nuts at CH

I started this with the word "had"; school standards have slipped so far that the exams are of little use. A grand daughter spent five evenings with some French kids and felt she learned more French in that time than in the years up to GCSE which she passed just weeks before. She went on to work ou...
by loringa
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Going nuts at CH
Replies: 25
Views: 1564

Re: Going nuts at CH

All decent parents wants what's best for their kids. I am sure that was as true in the past as it is now. I think that the problems arise when said parent tries to live his or her life vicariously through the child. There is quite a fine line between trying to ensure that children don't make the sam...
by loringa
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: From the sublime to the ridiculous
Replies: 250
Views: 49612

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

This is a joke section, David, tongue in cheek and all that. Don't take it to heart. Indeed. When I was at Dartmouth I remember being given a list of quotes very similar to the ones that David Brown published on here. We were told that they had all actually appeared at one time or another in Office...
by loringa
Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: English Exceptionalism
Replies: 12
Views: 961

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. Whilst I have no doubt that there are also football clubs calle...
by loringa
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Black Lives Matter
Replies: 101
Views: 6062

Re: Black Lives Matter

If what you're asserting is correct, do other minority groups also suffer from this in some proportion...? Tinkers, Travellers and gypsies. Irish travellers and Romany Gypsies are two very different and distinct groups. The former have somehow managed to persuade the authorities that they are a dis...
by loringa
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Black Lives Matter
Replies: 101
Views: 6062

Re: Black Lives Matter

For me, it's never been a case of systemic racism holding people back, more one of class/culture etc . Yes, there probably are glass ceilings for all sorts of people, but i'm a believer that glass ceilings can be pushed back, it just requires weight of numbers. I can remember years ago reading a Ci...
by loringa
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: From the sublime to the ridiculous
Replies: 250
Views: 49612

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

If so why all the complaints about "All Lives Matter"? It is that to which I object. BLM specifies black lives; why not ALM? This gets to the very heart of the matter. Of course all lives matter but white lives already matter; that is the direct consequence of white privilege and I have happily ben...
by loringa
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: From the sublime to the ridiculous
Replies: 250
Views: 49612

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

If so why all the complaints about "All Lives Matter"? It is that to which I object. BLM specifies black lives; why not ALM? This gets to the very heart of the matter. Of course all lives matter but white lives already matter; that is the direct consequence of white privilege and I have happily ben...
by loringa
Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Congratulations to this year's Grecians and their new Headmaster
Replies: 37
Views: 5295

Re: Congratulations to this year's Grecians and their new Headmaster

jtaylor » Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:47 pm Out of those successes, 40% are going to prestigious universities including Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial College, KCL, LSE, Oxford, and UCL. I wonder whose definition of “prestigious” they’re using, and how those who’ve got places at the other U...