Search found 528 matches

by rockfreak
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: All this is incredibly sad
Replies: 93
Views: 2786

Re: All this is incredibly sad

I cannot recall CMES EVER visiting Col B, or hearing of him ever entering any house come to that. I think he was too aloof for that sort of task. He came to see one of our house plays in Col B once, in about 1958. Maybe he was doing them one by one down the avenue. I was onstage and remember seeing...
by rockfreak
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 20
Views: 393

Re: Attitudes to sports

. It was only much later in life that I discovered rock climbing and snow and ice climbing, the activity that I was physically designed to do. That wasn't on the menu then. Do they have an indoor climbing wall these days? We used to climb at Stone Farm Rocks every couple of weekends - difficult san...
by rockfreak
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 20
Views: 393

Re: Attitudes to sports

I quite enjoyed games but was on the small side and had poor eyesight. These factors were not taken into account in the 50s. If you dropped a pass you still got shouted at. Slacking was not an option. In Col B we first had Buck and then Fryer. As PWB has recorded elsewhere you counted for more with ...
by rockfreak
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Why a teacher DOES NOT have to report abuse
Replies: 46
Views: 1981

Re: Why a teacher DOES NOT have to report abuse

I was in Prep B at the time John, and Gregnut was from Prep A but depping for one of our masters that evening. The two Jonahs constituted Prep A plus Gregnut. We had Pink, Eagle and Keep, but of course Pink, the fiddler, had gone when you arrived. Mr Keep was always nicknamed Flappers because his ea...
by rockfreak
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: Why a teacher DOES NOT have to report abuse
Replies: 46
Views: 1981

Re: Why a teacher DOES NOT have to report abuse

My own experience of Gregory. I was in the Prep houses when Gregory was there. He was presiding over our dorm one evening when one young lad had committed some minor misdemeanor. He was due for the slipper. He came out of the lav-ends wearing just his jim-jam bottoms. Gregnut (as we called him) bent...
by rockfreak
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: All this is incredibly sad
Replies: 93
Views: 2786

Re: All this is incredibly sad

I'm aghast reading some of this stuff. I was at CH from 1952 to 1960 and I fondly imagined that the worst of bullying and abuse was being consigned to history after I left, especially when the school went co-ed. But I find that no, some things seem to have got worse for some people. I never had my o...
by rockfreak
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Academic jargon
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Academic jargon

Does your reverence for the old journalism and its "fact-based reportage" include episodes like the Daily Mail's "Zinoviev letter" of 1926 which was a fabrication designed to forge a false connection between Soviet Russia and the British Labour party? And how about Lord Beaverbrook's famous dictum t...
by rockfreak
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Academic jargon
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Academic jargon

When I was writing for the music papers in the 70s we were mostly influenced by the "new journalism" coming from America, particularly in Rolling Stone and Creem magazine from Detroit. Whether it was new journalism, postmodern, or just a load of fevered old cobblers off the top of our heads stoked b...
by rockfreak
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: All this is incredibly sad
Replies: 93
Views: 2786

Re: All this is incredibly sad

Regarding the above submission, I still find it astonishing that people are agonising over their time at CH by trying to balance the abuse with the good times they remember. They shouldn't have to experience the abuse, or the risk of it, full stop. Every time we come back to that same problem in my ...
by rockfreak
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Academic jargon
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Academic jargon

While on another discussion site I incurred the wrath of an academic type because I questioned the use of the term "postmodern". It was a meaningless term, said I. Either something is old or it's modern or if it's the very newest thing it might be avant-garde. He told me that I was "beyond satire" f...
by rockfreak
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Congratulations to this year's Grecians and their new Headmaster
Replies: 32
Views: 1065

Re: Congratulations to this year's Grecians and their new Headmaster

You're not alone John. All this stuff addles my brain too. Is there anywhere else in developed Europe where all this entry gymnastics cobblers exists? People seem to deal with secondary and tertiary education and get their uni places in a reasonably straightforward manner. And do they do any worse t...
by rockfreak
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: staff accommodation
Replies: 40
Views: 995

Re: staff accommodation

Having written this http://www.chforum.info/php/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=5232&p=143121#p143121 in another thread, it occurred to me to wonder if we had a thread on staff houses. Originally, I think, apart from the bachelor accommodation in the boarding houses, there were attached houses for the married...
by rockfreak
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: When You Left CH, Did You Cease to Have Access to the Musical Instrument You'd Learned How to Play?
Replies: 42
Views: 2641

Re: When You Left CH, Did You Cease to Have Access to the Musical Instrument You'd Learned How to Play?

I can't speak for the other houses at Hertford, but we were very restricted. When I started there was a wind up gramophone in the house, later replaces with an electric one. We weren't allowed to play ANY music on it during Lent. The more I read this Forum the more differences I find between the tw...
by rockfreak
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: When You Left CH, Did You Cease to Have Access to the Musical Instrument You'd Learned How to Play?
Replies: 42
Views: 2641

Re: When You Left CH, Did You Cease to Have Access to the Musical Instrument You'd Learned How to Play?

I think you could probably say that. But I guess youngsters are always one jump ahead. We still don't know when guitars were allowed. In 1958 the cultural commissar Clarence ME Seaman banned pop music from the houses. And there were certainly no guitars back then to my knowledge - not even a bog sta...
by rockfreak
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Annoying car man
Replies: 21
Views: 744

Re: Annoying car man

Some years ago I lived in a block of flats where we were allocated one parking space each. One geezer appeared to be running a second hand car business of some sort and he and his mates' cars would often appear in our spaces, in various states of repair. This was in the days when you had to have a t...