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by LongGone
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did monitors have any real use?
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Did monitors have any real use?

The fagging system is quite similar to the "prison bitch" system. Once you strip away all the pretentious layers of "culture" and "tradition", you realize there isn't much difference, it's all mindless and brutal protection rackets and petty psychological tricks. I was a swab for 5 terms and did it...
by LongGone
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did monitors have any real use?
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Did monitors have any real use?

Were there cases of senior boys who, for whatever reason, were never appointed as a monitor?
by LongGone
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Lovely grey day
Replies: 7
Views: 326

Re: Lovely grey day

Here in Connecticut we are in the second week of 85-95 degree days, over 10 inches of rain and a minor tornado. Heading to Vancouver Island for a couple of weeks to cool off though probably not dry off.
by LongGone
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Phone boxes
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: Phone boxes

I don’t remember any phones. On the other hand no family had a phone at home, so it was no loss.
by LongGone
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Teaching staff
Replies: 22
Views: 884

Re: Teaching staff

By heck, when I were a lad doing Maths A level with Ivor McConnell, there was an arrangement with Imperial College who allowed us computer time. We could write programs in something called Fortran 4 and put them onto punchcards using a small bodkin to push out perforated chads. The cards would go o...
by LongGone
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Mr Clippy
Replies: 16
Views: 825

Re: Mr Clippy

We suffered (Oh, how we suffered!) with attempts at home-made beer and wine; even distilled liquors. We had neither the money or opportunity to buy the real stuff. Probably my worst memory was a ginger-infused concoction that was the accompaniment to a wild mushroom and bird egg omelet, cooked in a ...
by LongGone
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: House structure
Replies: 56
Views: 2139

Re: House structure

This has probably been covered before but here we go. Talking to JR on Friday, he is a throwback to the old prep days whereas I was a pupil of the 70s. When I started boys usually joined at 11 and went through to 18. The first three years were spent at the junior end (11-14) and the rest of the tim...
by LongGone
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Brexit electoral commision report
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Brexit electoral commision report

Having lived in N. America since the 60s I am not up on the legal ramifications of the report. The responses seem to range from “Ah, well” to “Exceeding the spending cap should nullify the vote” Could forum members provide input on just what the law says, and what possible penalties might apply.
by LongGone
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Underachieving at CH
Replies: 20
Views: 1078

Re: Underachieving at CH

I can be added to the list of underachievers: "Could do better" was the report card mantra, except Archbold's "Shows no aptitude for this subject" in Biology. In fairness, they were probably a pretty accurate of my achievements at that time. The key for me was waiting 10 years! After decades of teac...
by LongGone
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Science teaching in the 50's
Replies: 37
Views: 4591

Re: Science teaching in the 50's

Having taught for ~50 years at every level from 14-years-olds to training Ph.D. students, I believe the 'hands-on' approach in the sciences is not for every student (and certainly not for every teacher), but it is a very effective way of identifying and nurturing those who have the necessary 'spark....
by LongGone
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Ajaz Karim found guilty
Replies: 68
Views: 3108

Re: Ajaz Karim found guilty

jhopgood wrote:
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:00 pm
Uruguayo
Meh! Close enough. :-)
by LongGone
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Ajaz Karim found guilty
Replies: 68
Views: 3108

Re: Ajaz Karim found guilty

As for me, I once offered a prize to anyone on the internet who could nominate a politician of any country and of any time period who was undoubtedly ans incontroversially honest. The prize has not been earned. Maybe at least an honorable mention to President of Ecuador José Alberto "Pepe" Mujica C...
by LongGone
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 5350

Re: Reading to the dormitory

What an unexpected, and delightful, contribution from AliLiz! Back to reading in the dorm: When I was, I guess, still only 11 or 12, we were having Dracula read to us, and it must have given me a nightmare, and I must have foolishly mentioned this my mother, who promptly contacted the housemaster (...
by LongGone
Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Reading to the dormitory
Replies: 74
Views: 5350

Re: Reading to the dormitory

What an unexpected, and delightful, contribution from AliLiz! Back to reading in the dorm: When I was, I guess, still only 11 or 12, we were having Dracula read to us, and it must have given me a nightmare, and I must have foolishly mentioned this my mother, who promptly contacted the housemaster (...