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by rockfreak
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH and Psychiatry
Replies: 10
Views: 755

Re: CH and Psychiatry

We have to remember that many conditions have been medicalized (for good or ill, I'm making no judgement) in the last 40-50 years, whereas then they were all part of life. There were certainly people I knew who would probably now be diagnosed as having bipolar disorder, others who were borderline a...
by rockfreak
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH in Art
Replies: 11
Views: 559

Re: CH in Art

I was in Col B with Tony Ray-Jones who has already had retrospective exhibitions but is about to be featured in another showing titled "The Great British Seaside" in which the works of he and other social documentary photographers illustrate the British working class at play from 1963 onwards. This ...
by rockfreak
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 344
Views: 22564

Re: Politics

He's done it again. First week of the new year and Freaky gets another of his missives into the Grauniad. One of their correspondents, Rafael Behr, was suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn represented a total rupture with the party's past. Not so, said I. With Ramsay MacDonald and Tony Blair, certainly. Bu...
by rockfreak
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 344
Views: 22564

Re: Politics

Freaky ends the year with a flourish. A letter in The Observer (24th Dec, titled "Selling Britain by the pound") and one in today's Guardian (28th, under the main heading of "Beware the dangerous orthodoxy of neoclassical economics"). I always fancied that the country had had quite enough of neoclas...
by rockfreak
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Looking for....
Topic: Ladies names, Horsham 50-57
Replies: 5
Views: 1039

Re: Ladies names, Horsham 50-57

I have a feeling that Fryer's wife was Nurse Herbert while at the Sicker but I can't remember a Christian name. Yes, a nice woman as I recall. Every now and again they would invite a couple of boys over to their house for a very welcome and well-cooked Sunday lunch. Fryer was Froggy Fryer while at h...
by rockfreak
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Parents - Past, Present & Future
Topic: Where is home
Replies: 13
Views: 2311

Re: Where is home

Nick Duffell (ex-boarder and psychotherapist) covers this in his books The Making of Them and Wounded Leaders. Some of his patients who boarded have told him plaintively "I didn't know where home really was". And an Old Blue posting on one of these threads (possibly The Making of Them, which I seem ...
by rockfreak
Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 36
Views: 2618

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

Mr Halliday was the red-headed art teacher, Michael. I remember him as a rather nice, friendly man who once told us not to be wishy washy in our paintings. Be bold, he advised. Sadly I never quite made it as CH's version of Mark Rothko.
by rockfreak
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Revamping of Christ Church Newgate St
Replies: 6
Views: 1073

Re: Revamping of Christ Church Newgate St

What odds on the whole site ending up as flats for Russian oligarchs?
by rockfreak
Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH in Art
Replies: 11
Views: 559

Re: CH in Art

Michael, I can think of one headmaster of my acquaintance who wouldn't have been so relaxed about sacrilegious comments in the Bible. How times have moved on in half a century. When we were at CH religion and the royal family were pretty much off limits. I do wonder how much those radio phone-ins (N...
by rockfreak
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 344
Views: 22564

Re: Politics

Yesterday's (Saturday's) Justice for Palestine march in London was at the larger end of these sort of events, by my estimation. Yet not a whisper on the evening news bulletins of BBC, ITV or Channel 4. I do sometimes wonder whether I'm living in a democracy or whether the government has control of t...
by rockfreak
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH in Art
Replies: 11
Views: 559

Re: CH in Art

I was at CH at the same time as Ben Rubbra and Conrad Clark and often wondered what they went on to do. The pictures of Lambert on the link are interesting, and I note his son Kit there in tandem with Chris Stamp. I met the pair of them while working on the music press in the sixties. They managed t...
by rockfreak
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH in Art
Replies: 11
Views: 559

CH in Art

Checking out the website for the "Impressionists in London" exhibition which has just opened at Tate Britain, I note that it includes a painting by James Tissot called "London Visitors" which depicts some important looking members of the bourgeoisie plus a couple of Housey boys. Do CH pupils crop up...
by rockfreak
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH San
Replies: 17
Views: 774

Re: CH San

We had a very similar experience Michael. Dad was away in the war, Mum and I (aged 1) were in digs in Palmers Green, North London in 1944. A doodlebug cut out overhead and as they heard the whine as it descended the woman downstairs shouted up, "I think this is it!" My mother, like yours, dived unde...
by rockfreak
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: History of the Band
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Re: History of the Band

Looking at some Beating the Retreat footage on You Tube I noted the band playing the march that was the Monty Python theme tune. Did this ever get played at lunchtime and if so how many people got punished for going into a John Cleese silly walk?
by rockfreak
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library
Replies: 17
Views: 904

Re: Boys’ favourite books (& their pages) in the CH Library

Certainly NOT in the CH library at the time, as THAT court case was in progress, but someone, somehow managed to get a copy of 'Lady Chatterly's Lover' into school. Now that WAS an eye opener at such a tender age !! Attitudes to sex were changing at precisely this time. As the unfortunate Philip La...