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by michael scuffil
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Roger Martin - trial
Replies: 320
Views: 17548

Re: Roger Martin - trial

If health be the problem methinks our ancestors had the right idea. As was normal it was Oliver Cromwell's corpse which was unearthed and placed in the dock for his trial. Not too sure how they would hve carried out the second part of hung, drawn and quartered. Methinks sejintenej errs in this matt...
by michael scuffil
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 131
Views: 26138

Re: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster

all a bit embarrassing but after all we swam and had swimming lessons naked so why not? To quote and misquote Ecclesiastes: To every thing there is a season. A time to be naked and a time to be clothed. I frequent a nude beach (in summer). I live in Germany so this is not particularly eccentric. Bu...
by michael scuffil
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital
Replies: 21
Views: 1393

Re: Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital

On various things... Even the most distinguished scientists, when they depart from their own field, can say some very strange things. Often these are interesting speculation, such as Sir Fred Hoyle's hypothesis that many diseases come from space (Fred was a physicist who specialized in stellar evolu...
by michael scuffil
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital
Replies: 21
Views: 1393

Re: Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital

Dear Michael, Thank-you for kick-starting the debate! There is a long tradition of hostility to ideas that don't conform to established wisdom. Nevertheless original thinkers persevere in the face of such hostility. You state your opinion that 'environmentalism should be mainstream'. Some would say...
by michael scuffil
Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital
Replies: 21
Views: 1393

Re: Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital

Dear Christy Many thanks for taking the trouble to reply with such a courteous note. My main point is that environmentalism should be mainstream, and you have introduced two elements which are decidedly not. I really don't think you can any longer divorce the word 'Gaia' from Lovelock himself, or fr...
by michael scuffil
Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital
Replies: 21
Views: 1393

Gaia Week at Christ's Hospital

I note from the CHOBA newsletter that there is to be an Environment Week at CH. Nothing against that whatever. But 'Gaia Week'? And then an invitation to Rupert Sheldrake? Okay, I've nothing against strange views, and as long as they're not malevolent, I wouldn't want to silence them. But if you wan...
by michael scuffil
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How will CH cope with Brexit?
Replies: 60
Views: 3281

Re: How will CH cope with Brexit?

'Brexit', or the restoring of the constitutional independence of the UK to how it was before 17th October 1972, Ah yes, before 17th October 1972. When there were no home computers, when there was no internet, when a phone call to Germany (from the UK) had to be booked an hour in advance and cost a ...
by michael scuffil
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Who Knew What?
Replies: 221
Views: 21403

Re: Who Knew What?

Phew, ‘What would Seaman have done?’ post. Back on form, JR. What he did do before retiring. Losing dead wood and decaying branches. I'm now so glad I went when I did before the onset of namby-pamby HM's who allowed chaos to rein with pervie staff employed. Both Webb & Burr were there when I starte...
by michael scuffil
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: One for Freaky and Co...
Replies: 26
Views: 1078

Re: One for Freaky and Co...

Just by the by: my son-in-law and his children (my grandchildren) recently became British citizens. No oaths required: the children are too young, and they are all Canadians anyway and thus deemed to be loyal to HM. (The children now have four nationalities. Until the Brexit idiocy, they didn't need...
by michael scuffil
Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: One for Freaky and Co...
Replies: 26
Views: 1078

Re: One for Freaky and Co...

Okay, let's get real. There are worse fates than being sent to Ireland, and in any case there's a passport union with Ireland so you could just walk back to the UK. The problem is second (and third...) generation 'immigrants' from anywhere else. I.e. people who were born here and never had to apply ...
by michael scuffil
Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: One for Freaky and Co...
Replies: 26
Views: 1078

Re: One for Freaky and Co...

British citizens who are 'eligible' for a foreign citizenship can be stripped of their British citizenship under certain limited circumstances. They don't actually have to be citizens of another country, and this is Javid's fallback in the present case. Presumably Bangladesh would still have every ...
by michael scuffil
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: One for Freaky and Co...
Replies: 26
Views: 1078

Re: One for Freaky and Co...

Grandchildren of people born in (any part of) Ireland are not automatically Irish citizens, but are eligible to apply. This is the point. British citizens who are 'eligible' for a foreign citizenship can be stripped of their British citizenship under certain limited circumstances. They don't actuall...
by michael scuffil
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: One for Freaky and Co...
Replies: 26
Views: 1078

Re: One for Freaky and Co...

I think few of us would be proud of everything we did when we were 15. I have little sympathy with her, but we operate a rule of law, not a rule of sympathy. There are in the UK probably at least 10 million people who either have dual citizenship or are entitled (as this girl may be) to apply for an...
by michael scuffil
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How will CH cope with Brexit?
Replies: 60
Views: 3281

Re: How will CH cope with Brexit?

Rockers might choose to reflect that some places like Aden, Singapore (pirate infested swamp) and Hong Kong (tiny fishing village) grew to what they became ENTIRELY because of British rule, which attracted trade and delivered the rule of law and with those things the opportunity for individual pros...
by michael scuffil
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: How will CH cope with Brexit?
Replies: 60
Views: 3281

Re: How will CH cope with Brexit?

It is interesting that the United Kingdom was not a signatory to the Versailles Treaty. Lloyd George signed in the name of The British Empire, which, in 1918, was seen as a unit. However, this was not pursued to its logical and honest conclusion. The Romans, in the end, gave citizenship to all free ...