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by rockfreak
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 95
Views: 3247

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

Bakunin, I've learnt to ignore the argumentative and illogical ravings of Sejintenej (whom I remember from my time at CH in the 1950s). He uses any excuse to indulge in screeds of obscure and unevidenced rambling and sometimes abuse. It's a nuisance when you find trolling on a private site like this...
by rockfreak
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?
Replies: 33
Views: 962

Re: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?

Since we mention Steeleye and Peter Knight I've been checking out old videos on You Tube and Knight's fiddle playing is shown wonderfully on "Steeleye Span: Old Maid in the Garret/Tam Lin" where an old Irish folk favourite is segued into a spirited reel. Maddy Pryor had at this time been joined by G...
by rockfreak
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 95
Views: 3247

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

It sounds to me as if Michael Scuffil had the good fortune of a fairly relaxed regime under Page and Killer (who seems to have been quite the opposite in peacetime). In my last year I remember Nicholas Cox saying to me that he felt he was sitting on a volcano. I too felt that for much of my time the...
by rockfreak
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 95
Views: 3247

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

Alterblu, you're misquoting me. It wasn't me who said that I had an awful time of it at CH. Actually I coped pretty well all things considered. But I understand those who did have an awful time of it. My parents always said that CH had changed me although they wouldn't say in what way. So for many y...
by rockfreak
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 95
Views: 3247

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

People didn't ask to leave if unhappy because we knew how much our parents' hopes were pinned on us. It was a privilege that others didn't have, a good education, the magnificent facilities, etc etc. In my first term in 1952 aged nine I looked around the class and wondered why it was half the size o...
by rockfreak
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?
Replies: 33
Views: 962

Re: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?

The Peter Knight I mentioned above was fiddle player with Steeleye Span from pretty much the start of their career. He was to Steeleye what Dave Swarbrick was to Fairport. As far as I know there was no connection with CH or the services.
by rockfreak
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?
Replies: 33
Views: 962

Re: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?

One of the things that would be useful on some folk albums is a lyric sheet. I don't know whether folk singers inflect in a particular way but I was listening to Eliza Carthy's Anglicana album the other night and I was struggling to follow the words.
by rockfreak
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Damian Le Bas, Radio 4 Book of the Week
Replies: 14
Views: 440

Re: Damian Le Bas, Radio 4 Book of the Week

There was an extensive interview with him in today's Guardian. He went on to Oxford to study Theology, Hebrew and Greek. Makes a change from totting and flat roofing. No please, don't start lecturing me about political correctness. I will have my little joke. There was a Romany site near us in Kent ...
by rockfreak
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Loony nonsense at English boarding schools
Replies: 6
Views: 298

Re: Loony nonsense at English boarding schools

Yes exactly. I was featuring Greshams because it seemed even more unusually bizarre for the time. But yes, I would agree that Philby, Burgess, Blunt and Cairncross were probably equally affected by their education. In essence I believe that any intelligent person subjected to this type of education ...
by rockfreak
Thu May 31, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Loony nonsense at English boarding schools
Replies: 6
Views: 298

Loony nonsense at English boarding schools

I'm just enjoying the biography of the Cambridge spy Donald Maclean (A Spy Named Orphan by Roland Philips) in which the author delves to some extent into the psychological make-up of the man. Maclean was educated at Greshams in East Anglia, a rather unusual boarding school much favoured by the famil...
by rockfreak
Wed May 30, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 372
Views: 27568

Re: Politics

There have been a couple of occasions in the past when I've deleted my own stuff but usually when I've put something up after two or three glasses of wine and then thought: "Um, I'm not sure that was a good idea." Mind you, considering some of the rambling, incoherent old cobblers that turns up on t...
by rockfreak
Sun May 27, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?
Replies: 33
Views: 962

Re: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?

I've left a comment on your Facebook video Ruth. Whose song is this? This kind of narrative traditional music was recycled in the last century by singers like Harry Cox. I used to write for the music papers in the 70s and the only folk interview I ever did was with Bob Johnson and Peter Knight of St...
by rockfreak
Thu May 24, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?
Replies: 33
Views: 962

Re: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?

I logged on this morning Ruth not quite knowing whether the moderators might have taken my limerick down. They're sometimes a bit touchy. Just clocked your link. You've got a terrific voice. What was the song and whose was it? I've got only a slight knowledge of folk music.
by rockfreak
Wed May 23, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?
Replies: 33
Views: 962

Re: Hello! I'm back! Is there anybody here?

There was an ex-boarder called Ruth
Who feared she was long in the tooth.
But her song got the hits
(Or was it her tits?)
She was clearly not losing her youth.
by rockfreak
Wed May 23, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 372
Views: 27568

Re: Politics

Banker Brown suggests that the Forum has deleted part of his post, and maybe it is this that is causing him to rage in impotent fury. I'm interested to know how all this works since I also missed the original posts by aliburns and the first I knew of them was that there was a long sequence saying "d...