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by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1030

Re: The Old Blue 2018

If you asked my opinion on a variety of social issues, you would probably be surprised at how reactionary they are, and I too have serious reservations about self-conscious diversity-mongers. However, the most serious problem facing mainly Europe, but other parts of the world too, is nationalism, an...
by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1030

Re: The Old Blue 2018

I have worked in France, speak the language, studied in french, and one of my degrees is from a french university, and I'm very glad to see the tricolor flown from every town hall. My local council will not allow the St George to be displayed in pubs on St George's day, but the flying of other nati...
by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 22, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1030

Re: The Old Blue 2018

my wife of 52 years is officially classified as "coloured". In which country? There are no 'official' ethnic classifications in the UK. Apartheid South Africa had its Pass Laws, which stated criteria for official classification by race, including the get-out phrase 'obviously by appearance'. But Br...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sometimes I forget
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Sometimes I forget

Ref baths.Before 1955 Th.B had showers and a tiled trough bath in the changing room. We used to unscrew the shower heads and let hot water rain down after rugby. We could also fill the bath to overflowing to get a bath about 1 ft deep! THE tiled trough was also useful for keeping carp,caught in the...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 57
Views: 1874

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

As for Outlook, never heard of it.

Well you should have done. It was published at least twice a year and possibly termly the whole time you were at CH. Sold about 200 copies each time, I believe. As school literary magazines go, it was quite good. (Perhaps it's still going -- anyone know?)
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Sometimes I forget
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Sometimes I forget

Somehow it then got round to how frequently we were allowed to have a bath (3 times a week, no showers at Hertford in my day). Three baths a week would have been a luxury in most households in those days, and it was well into the 1970s before most homes had a shower. (It is said that the first show...
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 57
Views: 1874

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

That was the delectable Nena, was it not?

She's still around, though I believe she makes her living as a comedian these days.
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Old Blue 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1030

Re: The Old Blue 2018

The Christ's Hospital Book (1953) opens with an extract from the Report of the Schools Inquiry Commissioners (1867/68) which states 'Christ's Hospital is ... sui generis'. These days one has to translate even common Latin phrases, but this is where 'a school like no other' comes from.
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 57
Views: 1874

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

The girls that came to Horsham for the Quatercentenary were shown round by, I suppose selected, Grecians. The buzz was that, on passing the pillar box outside the Common Room, one of the girls asked 'Are you allowed to post things in that?' St Matthew's Day was the girls' only other manifestation f...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 57
Views: 1874

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

That there was a girls' CH at Hertford must have been known to everyone at Horsham apart from maybe new boys in their first few weeks. There were also quite a few sibling pairs divided between the two schools. There were official exchange visits by senior pupils on each other's Speech Days, and both...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Thornton Photos
Topic: Thornton House Photos
Replies: 20
Views: 7207

Re: Thornton House Photos

by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Corporal Punishment by CH Teaching staff
Replies: 94
Views: 10663

Re: Corporal Punishment by CH Teaching staff

Corporal punishment at CH was a form of sexual gratification and had very little to do with chastisement. It was a prime source of aggressive sexual satisfaction and it is directly linked to the culture of sexual abuse that occurred and the issues with the school not just in my time but for some 32...
by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Corporal Punishment by CH Teaching staff
Replies: 94
Views: 10663

Re: Corporal Punishment by CH Teaching staff

Definitely not the same 'Hewitt'. R. Hewitt's subject was English, both Lit. and Lang. I believed he played rugby for The Harlequins. As far as I'm aware, he wasn't at CH for any great length of time If he is the person I am thinking of, then he also tried to teach some of us Russian. After "A' lev...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Hammer blows to CH finances
Replies: 36
Views: 1340

Re: Hammer blows to CH finances

Michael, I would hope that you would approve of one more exemption from VAT, sanitary products. It’s a disgrace there should be VAT on such essential items for women. I live in a country which (like almost all others) imposes VAT on all sorts of obvious essentials, including food, water, books and ...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Hammer blows to CH finances
Replies: 36
Views: 1340

Re: Hammer blows to CH finances

Michael, I take your point about a school not being a 'business.' However, that argument is weakened by the growing number of people (some in very elevated positions) who make remarks like 'don't forget a school is a business'. Indeed, that argument is being increasingly used to re-label headmaster...