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by Richard
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Time to bring back Kiff Bowls?
Replies: 19
Views: 4386

Time to bring back Kiff Bowls?

In the 1950s and 60s kiff bowls were in daily use for tea (and coffee on Sundays). By the 1980s they had vanished, having been replaced by ordinary cups and saucers. (Note - two items replaced one). Why? I can think of several reasons (not in their order of importance) to return to using kiff bowls....
by Richard
Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:29 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Can We Donate Our Dead Bodies to Christ's Hospital?
Replies: 13
Views: 2319

Re: Can We Donate Our Dead Bodies to Christ's Hospital?

The idea of teaching human anatomy at CH is an excellent one. But there are several difficulties, apart from the questions of cost and requiring facilities to store bodies, before use. In medical schools there is normally one cadaver for 6 students, so more than one will probably be required at CH. ...
by Richard
Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:51 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 14668

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

I suspect that the very poor disciplinarians already mentioned were so obviously bad teachers (general uproar during their classes, etc, etc) that their deficiencies were very quickly recognised by the powers that be. Therefore they soon left CH. There was someone like that in my days, but I never w...
by Richard
Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Images of Christ's Hospital London
Replies: 21
Views: 3768

Re: Images of Christ's Hospital London

Katharine be reassured, Armstrong initiated much to improve the teaching of science at all levels and certainly both greatly encouraged (and personally provided) education in science for women and girls. He believed that all school pupils should learn some science (including girls, then a most radic...
by Richard
Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Images of Christ's Hospital London
Replies: 21
Views: 3768

Re: Images of Christ's Hospital London

Here’s some speculation. There was naturally some resistance from City grandees to the move out of London, mainly because of fears that with the school no longer in the City the close ties to the City and its institutions would tend to dissipate. However the Royal Society’s appointed governor (Prof....
by Richard
Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Michael Cherniavsky
Replies: 86
Views: 21602

Re: Michael Cherniavsky

Almost certainly Armstrong, who also strongly advised that girls have some experience in science - far ahead of his time there, as elsewhere.
by Richard
Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:40 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Michael Cherniavsky
Replies: 86
Views: 21602

Re: Michael Cherniavsky

I doubt if much had changed since the school moved to Horsham up to 1960. I disagree most profoundly with this opinion. In brief, for matters academic the curriculum at CH was greatly broadened to include science at the start of the 20th century. Not only were these subjects (physics and chemistry ...
by Richard
Mon Dec 14, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Michael Cherniavsky
Replies: 86
Views: 21602

Re: Michael Cherniavsky

Why antediluvian? If it were so, why exactly did Michael regret leaving CH?
by Richard
Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Innovations in Housey dress
Replies: 16
Views: 3270

Re: Innovations in Housey dress

Two other comments on the videos.

The grecians’ coats seem unchanged since WW2 (except for the lack of velvet on the cuffs during and shortly after the war)
Some of the marching, mainly of girls, is very poor.
by Richard
Sat Sep 26, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: School Debates
Replies: 25
Views: 4149

Re: School Debates

I recollect that debate. I think the motion was carried. If so it perhaps reflects the relatively poor food at CH and the (conventional) morality of those days, for one argument certainly made was that Ava Gardner at that time was Mrs Frank Sinatra.
by Richard
Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:51 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: School Debates
Replies: 25
Views: 4149

Re: School Debates

Alan Ryan (La A) was a professor at Princeton University (USA) for some years before he returned to the UK to be a professor and the head of New College, Oxford. After reaching the obligatory UK/Oxford retirement age he returned to teach and research at Princeton, where he is now, for in the USA the...
by Richard
Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: School Debates
Replies: 25
Views: 4149

Re: School Debates

Here are some debates of a political nature in which Michael Stewart participated in the early 1920s. He was later to become twice Foreign Secretary in Labour Governments under Harold Wilson. Stewart was an excellent debater and left wing politician, even at school, easily winning a CH mock election...
by Richard
Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: William Glock
Replies: 3
Views: 1085

Re: William Glock

Sir William F Glock (Ba B 1919-28) never had much to do with CH for most of his post-school life. I once phoned him and asked if I could visit him at his home in Wallingford, Berks, to pose some questions on a CH related topic concerned with his schooldays that I was researching at the time. He knew...
by Richard
Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:49 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Claude Minot Newman
Replies: 12
Views: 2280

Re: Claude Minot Newman

Although I cannot add any information about the OB experiences of being interred by the Japanese in the Far East in the Second World War, I can mention some other things about the Changi Prison Camp, Singapore. 1. If you wish to know more of the shameful treatment of prisoners of war by the Japanese...
by Richard
Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 131
Views: 28024

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

CFK was certainly eccentric and also never liked to spend a penny more than was necessary. That's presumably why his everyday dress was ex-Army gear (but of WW2 vintage and not WW1 as the thread's title suggests). Another indication of his strong disinclination to 'waste' money was his objection to ...