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by Foureyes
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
Replies: 10
Views: 929

INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS

The merits (or otherwise) of independent (i.e. 'public') schools has been discussed off-and-on across this Forum, usually under totally unrelated headings. I would like to draw attention to the recently published book 'Public Schools and the Second World War," by David Walsh and Anthony Seldon....
by Foureyes
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Roger Allam in Radio Times
Replies: 33
Views: 2858

Re: Roger Allam in Radio Times

".. .Sorry but you have lost me with the word "foundationers" ." In olden times, the term 'foundationers' was applied to those admitted to C.H. under the terms of the original 'foundation' (i.e., charter.) This covered something like 97-98 percent of those at the school whose par...
by Foureyes
Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Going nuts at CH
Replies: 25
Views: 2139

Re: Going nuts at CH

" Surely this is not entirely correct. I certainly remember boys who went to the RN College at Dartmouth throughout the 1950s, who left CH at the usual leaving age (eg Robert Griffiths of Col B who was a button grecian and often contributed to this Forum). " Perhaps I was a few years out. ...
by Foureyes
Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Going nuts at CH
Replies: 25
Views: 2139

Re: Going nuts at CH

"...he complained that there had been a growth in parents wanting to live their lives through their children and pushing them on." I am not criticizing rockfreak, but is that new? I think that there have always been parents who seek to ensure that their children progress in life. Maybe, n...
by Foureyes
Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Disabilities 50s, 60s
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: Disabilities 50s, 60s

There was a boy in the same house as me with a deformed hand. He was a very nice guy and, to the best of my recollection, his disability was never an issue, nor indeed a subject for discussion, for any reason. In fact, there was one matter for which we envied him, because he had a watch as the strap...
by Foureyes
Fri Oct 02, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Article about the Tube
Replies: 11
Views: 1099

Re: Article about the Tube

Many years ago and in a different existence I was the official keeper of the list of 'holes-in-the-ground.' From that I learnt two things. The first was that there were many more such holes than the public knew about, although most have since been declassified. The second was that there could be man...
by Foureyes
Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Article about the Tube
Replies: 11
Views: 1099

Re: Article about the Tube

Thank you Charles. A really interesting article with superb illustrations, which I have read with great enjoyment. In my time (1948-55) we used the Tube to march to Dining Hall when it was raining, with one of the side-rooms for storing trunks, and (I think) a drying room for wet sports clothes - an...
by Foureyes
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Writing letters home
Replies: 15
Views: 2422

Re: Writing letters home

As a matter of curiosity, what do today's pupils do, in this era of mobile phones, smart phones, skype, emails, etc, etc? Or has the weekly written missive to one's parents (i.e.,'letter writing') been consigned to history?
David :shock:
by Foureyes
Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Writing letters home
Replies: 15
Views: 2422

Re: Writing letters home

I agree (as usual) with John Hopgood: " I seem to remember being chucked out of the house from 2.30 to about 4.00pm on a Sunday afternoon and then doing letter writing until going up to Dining Hall for tea. " That was how it was also in Lamb B 1949-55. If I remember correctly one had to ha...
by Foureyes
Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: From the sublime to the ridiculous
Replies: 258
Views: 56614

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

If you choose to re-post something from a third party then you are taking responsibility for it.
DM
by Foureyes
Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: From the sublime to the ridiculous
Replies: 258
Views: 56614

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

I am sure that sentinenej thinks that he is very amusing, but having been in the Army for 32 years the vast majority of those remarks just do not ring true. For a start the heading is 'military;' which implies Army, so all those referring to ships, submarines, flying, etc can be disregarded. Secondl...
by Foureyes
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RESEARCH - FLYING BOMB
Replies: 19
Views: 2357

Re: RESEARCH - FLYING BOMB

I have now completed my research into the Flying Bomb and sent copies to the Museum and the Library to whom any further queries should be addressed. However, I would like to thank all those Old Blues who helped me with memories and information. I have now moved on.
David :shock:
by Foureyes
Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What Doesn't Happen At CH These Days?
Replies: 87
Views: 16656

Re: What Doesn't Happen At CH These Days?

In the early 1950s there were two sergeants. I can picture them both, but am somewhat hazy on the details of their duties. Sergeant Fielder was a somewhat taciturn character who, with his wife, ran the post office and also acted as a sort-of major domo for the Head Master on ceremonial occasions. He...
by Foureyes
Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: English Exceptionalism
Replies: 12
Views: 1357

Re: English Exceptionalism

I note that rockfreak seems to be under the impression that he speaks for England - note his use of 'our' and 'we.' Well, he doesn't. He is entitled to his own views, as is any individual in this country that he so often derides, but that does not entitle him to generalise to include the whole natio...
by Foureyes
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: English Exceptionalism
Replies: 12
Views: 1357

Re: English Exceptionalism

There really seems to be no limit to the subjects that 'rockfreak' dislikes, with England, the English and Christ's Hospital leading the field. Of course, the English have caricatures of foreigners, but so, too, does every nation that I can think of. I worked in Glasgow for three very happy years, b...