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by eucsgmrc
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Memorable Sermons
Replies: 30
Views: 8806

Re: Memorable Sermons

... the Coleridge A tradition that reading the valley of dry bones passage at evening duty was hysterically funny? Of course, it was absolutely taboo for any member of the house actually to laugh (or even smirk), otherwise the mighty wrath of Kit Aitken would descend. Consequently it was impossible...
by eucsgmrc
Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 20580

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

I did notice Michael's " te absolvo." above - were the Romans that way inclined or is the French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian avoidance of the second person singular a recent invention? I'm trying to stop myself picking nits, but slapping my own wrist doesn't seem to be helping ... so I...
by eucsgmrc
Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Cod Liver Oil and Malt
Replies: 45
Views: 10263

Re: Cod Liver Oil and Malt

... in rationing times before the catering manager was changed and the food was pretty awful. Meat - what you actually got of it - was pure gristle as an example. I agree with sejintenej. I arrived in 1954, and the food was dire, but quite normal for a big institution. In, I think, summer of 1955, ...
by eucsgmrc
Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff
Replies: 95
Views: 20580

Re: Poor disciplinary C.H. staff

Their faces are covered, so nobody knows who they are. Why would they care who sees their willies?
by eucsgmrc
Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Housey Coat 'badge'
Replies: 25
Views: 6791

Re: Housey Coat 'badge'

I seem to recall understanding that Exhibitions were founded in 1851 or soon thereafter to mark the Great Exhibition of that year, probably encouraged by Prince Albert. I'm fairly confident that the word "exhibition" was used to mean something like a scholarship well before 1851. The OED ...
by eucsgmrc
Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Coleridge Photos
Topic: Col A - is this 1960?
Replies: 19
Views: 8203

Re: Col A - is this 1960?

... if you took it, John, how long a delay did you give it? You're there in the top row, which must have involved a climb. Well spotted, Michael. Actually there was no delay. I used a camera with no such sophistication. I had to get somebody - fortunately, I forget who - from Col B to fire the shut...
by eucsgmrc
Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Housey Coat 'badge'
Replies: 25
Views: 6791

Re: Housey Coat 'badge'

michael scuffil wrote:By becoming a Grecian, you left the Mathematical School.
Just so. The RMS was training you specifically for the Royal Navy, and by your early teens you should have been a midshipman. If you were still at the school, you would be, to put it mildly, a disappointment to your sponsors.
by eucsgmrc
Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Housey Coat 'badge'
Replies: 25
Views: 6791

Re: Housey Coat 'badge'

I can see that the badge system might create social distinctions, but at Christ's Hospital there is not much reason for any pupil to be looked down on because they have rely on charity to keep them at the school. The whole idea of the school is that nearly everybody is in that position. Only a small...
by eucsgmrc
Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Housey Coat 'badge'
Replies: 25
Views: 6791

Re: Housey Coat 'badge'

Since nobody else has responded, I'll try to dredge up my memories from 60 years ago ... -what are they actually called? The thing was called a plate -what percentage, approximately, of the students have them? (I saw very few in Google Images) I never counted, but I might have seen one or two plates...
by eucsgmrc
Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH as Sitcom
Replies: 4
Views: 1808

Re: CH as Sitcom

Were these places just very large versions of Craggy Island with a few lonely matrons dotted around like token Mrs Doyles? I had never thought of that, but now I will never be able to get rid of the idea! A few years ago, on one of my first visits to Ireland, we stayed in a hostel on Achill Island....
by eucsgmrc
Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Folk Music
Replies: 20
Views: 4378

Re: Folk Music

... A whole wedge of our culture lost, lost for ever! Not really. They're in many published song books, in all kinds of arrangements. Some of them did indeed have a previous life as folk songs, but before we got to sing them they had been tidied up for "community singing" as approved by t...
by eucsgmrc
Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: PETITION: Is 26% Full-Fee Paying Pupils Too High?
Replies: 112
Views: 26028

Re: Is 26% Full-Fee Paying Pupils Too High?

The aim now is to set-up an online Petition 1552 and Katharine is helping. I would like to sign the petition. I would prefer to sign on paper. I don't in general sign on-line petitions, which have become very much devalued. It is too easy to set them up. There are thousands of them, and they can ge...
by eucsgmrc
Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 611
Views: 111218

Re: Politics

HowardH wrote:He is a buffoon if he thinks that anyone with an iota of intelligence will take him seriously.
He doesn't care about anyone with an iota of intelligence. He thinks that they are outnumbered by the followers of sound-bites and clowning. He may be right. Plenty of other politicians share that view.
by eucsgmrc
Mon Feb 22, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 611
Views: 111218

Re: Politics

Boris - I have seen more brain cells in a puddle. The man's a buffoon of the highest order. If only that were true! The buffoon is a pose, or, if not a deliberate pose, a facade that comes easily to him. Boris is clever, and ambitious, and he uses his cleverness and his buffoonery to distract peopl...
by eucsgmrc
Mon Feb 22, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: GUILDFORD-HORSHAM TRAIN
Replies: 9
Views: 2446

Re: GUILDFORD-HORSHAM TRAIN

The system is slightly more complicated than Martin says, as if there was just one token it might end up at the wrong end of the section. The basic token system which Martin describes is very safe, but so restrictive that it is virtually useless for anything more than a simple slow shuttle service....