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by loringa
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The CCF Signals Section
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Re: The CCF Signals Section

My strongest memories are of Signals camps – once in heath country in (I think) Hampshire rather than the South Downs, where our job was to provide communications for the main body of CCF. And as for nicknames, mine, for reasons never explained or understood, was Coypu! I would imagine that you wer...
by loringa
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Elizabeth Cairncross
Replies: 55
Views: 6627

Re: Elizabeth Cairncross

A lot of what was allowed to go on and tolerated is hard to believe, particularly for the older generations who weren't there post merger. But here is one such case, documented in the Daily Mail. Old rituals, but taken to new extremes in the laissez faire period of the 80s and 90s when things had j...
by loringa
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: ANY ARCHITECTS OUT THERE?
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: ANY ARCHITECTS OUT THERE?

I am not an architect but I am an engineer and I don't believe, speaking to Sapper colleagues, that there is any fundamental difference in the actions of the applied 'stress' and the resulting 'strain' in any of the various branches of engineering; it's just physics. I suspect that Mr Flecker was no...
by loringa
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How was it for you? (CH, not sex)
Replies: 13
Views: 656

Re: How was it for you? (CH, not sex)

For me, Christ's Hospital did exactly what it needed to do. It prepared me for the next stage in my life which, at the end of the day, is what education is all about. After 6 different primary schools in 4 different countries it provided me with the schooling required to embark on my chosen career. ...
by loringa
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Bob Rae - R.I.P.
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: Bob Rae - R.I.P.

Very sorry to read this, he was a thoroughly good chap and a capable teacher. There is lots on him on another, recent thread but for some reason I can't seem to find it. All of it, I recall, was positive. When the current crisis allows and details of his memorial service are released, hopefully some...
by loringa
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH, Degrees and PPE (not the Coronavirus sort)
Replies: 44
Views: 2271

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

If phallic Matthews was a terrible example, then another (taken on during the Second World War) was a worse example, from today’s point of view. This was Francis Haslehust, who taught classics to lower forms. He was a reasonable chap and taught imaginatively, never using a textbook and always inven...
by loringa
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH, Degrees and PPE (not the Coronavirus sort)
Replies: 44
Views: 2271

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

On that subject (and somewhat off topic), we used to replace the bunsen burners with the glass tubes from pipettes from use them as flame throwers. Quite lethal and with a very long range, I think we were lucky not to set the laboratory on fire. This used to take place in Mr Matthew's chemistry lab ...
by loringa
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:08 am
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Bishop Ball documentary BBC2 2100 TONIGHT
Replies: 73
Views: 7104

Re: Bishop Ball documentary BBC2 2100 TONIGHT

They shouldn't be allowed to call it "historical abuse" until they have PROVED it isn't still going on. The default assumption should be that it still is. No one currently or previously employed there has been able to give any substantial, concrete description of how safeguarding procedures have im...
by loringa
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH, Degrees and PPE (not the Coronavirus sort)
Replies: 44
Views: 2271

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

As for the more practical subjects like physics, chemistry and biology and what we referred to as "manual" IMHO the big problem is the courts. We used to carry out experiments etc. but now with 'elf and safety those have to be dome by the teacher or preferably not done at all. This is not my experi...
by loringa
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Corporal Punishment by CH Teaching staff
Replies: 103
Views: 20730

Re: Corporal Punishment by CH Teaching staff

Does anyone remember a master Dawes I think his name was. His middle finger on one hand had been broken at some time and had been set in a bent position. He smacked me in the mouth one day in class and this finger caught my front teeth and knocked one out. CH have paid for all dental work on this t...
by loringa
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH, Degrees and PPE (not the Coronavirus sort)
Replies: 44
Views: 2271

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

PPE was introduced** in the 1920s and known as ‘ Modern Greats .’ In the 50s (and I suspect today also) PPE allowed its students an option to specialise in P, P or E (to the extent of studying up to about 70% of the degree in the favoured subject. Footnotes from Wikipedia ** " … because it was thou...
by loringa
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Frank Ledwith
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: Frank Ledwith

I didn't know him but I 'knew of him' via a former professional cricketer called Dickie Dodds whom I was privileged to meet a few times in my teens. Dickie and Frank were devout Christians and associated with an organisation called Moral Rearmament which, in those days, was predominantly Christian ...
by loringa
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Coronavirus: David Norgrove gives 'em both barrels
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: Coronavirus: David Norgrove gives 'em both barrels

Any decent sized company in the UK should have contingency plans for any possible event. (My own company specifically included an aircraft strike 10 years before 9/11) A week into Wuhan I was preparing; why was the government so unprepared even when Italy was in a bad state? Sack the Civil Servants...
by loringa
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Leave Days in Horsham
Replies: 20
Views: 1354

Re: Leave Days in Horsham

Are Leave Days a renamed ‘Whole Holiday’ that forced us off the grounds with a brown paper bag containing a fish paste sandwich and a shriveled apple? In the 1970s we used to be issued with bag rats along these lines for Speech Day and Old Blues' Day when, presumably, the dining hall was in use by ...
by loringa
Sat May 30, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Article about the Tube
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: Article about the Tube

The Subterranea Britannica website is full of fascinating stuff about abandoned underground sites including, amongst others, all the London Underground stations and spurs that are no longer used. It is well worth a few minutes (hours) of your isolation / lockdown time. Thanks for posting this - I lo...