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by Foureyes
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: THE DOWNSIDE/AMPLEFORTH REPORT
Replies: 16
Views: 932

Re: THE DOWNSIDE/AMPLEFORTH REPORT

"I believe the monks at Buckfast Abbey make their own tonic wine..." Indeed, they do - and it is very potent. It is the drink of choice in many bars in central Scotland, particularly Glasgow. Buckfast Abbey is just down the road from me and the monks are so proficient at money-making schemes that t...
by Foureyes
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: THE DOWNSIDE/AMPLEFORTH REPORT
Replies: 16
Views: 932

Re: THE DOWNSIDE/AMPLEFORTH REPORT

I forgot to add that the former Abbot of Buckfast Abbey - also a Benedictine institution - was sent to prison for 15 months in 2007 for abuse of children at the abbey's prep school between 1971 and 1978. I take no pleasure in drawing attention to these events as I am a Catholic myself, but it does s...
by Foureyes
Fri Aug 23, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: THE DOWNSIDE/AMPLEFORTH REPORT
Replies: 16
Views: 932

THE DOWNSIDE/AMPLEFORTH REPORT

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/6583/view/ampleforth-downside-investigation-report-august-2018.pdf I have seen the IICSA report on Downside and Ampleforth referred to in passing on this site, but wonder how many have read it in its entirety (address above)? It makes for unpleasant, depressing...
by Foureyes
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: IICSA - Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
Replies: 17
Views: 1595

Re: IICSA - Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Julian remarks that: " Those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it....” (or something like that) ." True enough, although it is usually expressed as "Those who do not understand the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them." However, Old Blues have visited this topic before an...
by Foureyes
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP BRYAN MAGEE
Replies: 11
Views: 764

Re: RIP BRYAN MAGEE

postwar blue, I would be interested if, since you have the book, you could confirm my recollection of the 'Sicker incident' please - see my post above. I would also be interested in your view on the morality of what took place. Concerning your comments on the 'different' CHs, I think that is inevita...
by Foureyes
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What is the impact of a CH education?
Replies: 31
Views: 1692

Re: What is the impact of a CH education?

rockfreak writes: " Apart from the uncensored racism, misogyny, libel and other gratuitous insults (previously not allowed into the public domain by the sub-editors of newspapers, periodicals and broadcasting) that now proliferate on Twitter and which have, in my opinion, lowered the standard of deb...
by Foureyes
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP BRYAN MAGEE
Replies: 11
Views: 764

Re: RIP BRYAN MAGEE

There is an interesting incident in Magee's description of his life at C.H. I read the book several years ago, and may be a bit hazy on the details, but recall the story clearly. When he was 17 he was confined to the Sicker for several days. The first night he was there the night sister looked in on...
by Foureyes
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What is the impact of a CH education?
Replies: 31
Views: 1692

Re: What is the impact of a CH education?

rockfreak writes: " I don't know how he got my landline number but then there are a great many things I don't understand about modern day life so I have to assume that everyone knows everything about everyone else and we might as well stop worrying. " You list your school on Facebook as "Christ's Ho...
by Foureyes
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RIP BRYAN MAGEE
Replies: 11
Views: 764

RIP BRYAN MAGEE

I am saddened to report the death of a very distinguished Old Blue, Professor Bryan Magee (Barnes A 1941-45). Philosopher, academic, politician and prolific author, one of whose books left a detailed and revealing (!) record of his time at Housie. A full obituary is on the Telegraph website, but the...
by Foureyes
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: CH Letter re support for abuse survivors
Replies: 28
Views: 1315

Re: CH Letter re support for abuse survivors

graham says: "...But I do think its worth considering whether separating the responsibilities of teaching staff from those of the house staff (or, at least, appointed dedicated house parents who are not part of the teaching staff) is something that would provide an additional layer of protection for...
by Foureyes
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: CH Letter re support for abuse survivors
Replies: 28
Views: 1315

Re: CH Letter re support for abuse survivors

I agree with almost all of what J.R.says. I was in Prep B 1948-49. I really have no recollection of bullying there, so it must have changed by JR's time (1958-59). I was beaten once by a Mr Keep (three with gymnshoe) and I recall that Mr Pink had a habit of standing behind a boy in class and running...
by Foureyes
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What is the impact of a CH education?
Replies: 31
Views: 1692

Re: What is the impact of a CH education?

The secret of conducting a survey is to decide what you are seeking to prove and then to so phrase the questions that the surveyee (!?) has little choice but to give the answer you want. Of course, you exclude any questions which might give the surveyee the opportunity to actually give an opinion wh...
by Foureyes
Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What is the impact of a CH education?
Replies: 31
Views: 1692

Re: What is the impact of a CH education?

What survey?
Who is H Middlemass?
David :shock:
by Foureyes
Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND VAT
Replies: 11
Views: 503

Re: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND VAT

Gosh - horse/bull semen and VAT - now there's a subject one could study for ever! I can think of all sorts of comments, but will resist them. I think the point about schools and VAT is that many UK politicians speak as if VAT relief applies only to independent schools and could be removed from them ...
by Foureyes
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND VAT
Replies: 11
Views: 503

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND VAT

One often hears comments on the fact that independent schools are not required to pay VAT, with the suggestion that a British government could, if it so wished, remove such a 'privilege.' In fact, ALL children's education facilities are exempt from VAT by an EU Council Directive and specifically Art...