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by JohnAL
Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Attitudes to sports
Replies: 51
Views: 1999

Re: Attitudes to sports

I have nostalgic memories of the glorious Saturday summer evenings with asphalt cricket behind Lamb. Anyone could join in, so boys of all ages and from different houses participated without coercion. At Housey such mixed, happy goings-on were rare. Also there were usually spectators, sometimes maste...
by JohnAL
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 119
Views: 18559

Re: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster

Thanks. I never realised it has such a venerable and distinguished history.
by JohnAL
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 119
Views: 18559

Re: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster

This Sunday I heard a hymn which included the words, “Oh death where is thy sting, oh grave thy victory?” That reminded me of ‘Uncle’s’ version which comprised in part, “Oh death where is thy sting a ling a ling, oh grave thy victory? The bells of Hell go ting a ling a ling for you and not for me.” ...
by JohnAL
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie
Replies: 15
Views: 1504

Re: The trial of James Andrew Husband and Gary Dobbie

Frank Macracken was mentioned and is unknown to most readers. He has nothing to do with the current trials, so some background information is permissible I imagine. He was an Australian junior housemaster (Barnes B), with nickname Windy, probably because of an involuntary flatus early on. He taught ...
by JohnAL
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:51 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: The Story of Old Blues in North America - BCOB Book Project
Replies: 30
Views: 1564

Re: The Story of Old Blues in North America - BCOB Book Project

I recollect there were several Americans at CH under identical circumstances to those mentioned above. (They were instant button grecians, spending only one year at CH.) I understand they all came from Phillips Academy (but it may have been Phillips-Exeter and/or Phillips-Andover). Further I believe...
by JohnAL
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH in Art
Replies: 11
Views: 1189

Re: CH in Art

Someone who deserves a lot of attention in this thread is Benedict Rubbra, an OB and excellent portraitist. Several well known CH personalities have sat for him.
by JohnAL
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s
Replies: 29
Views: 3350

Re: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s

Oh for the happy joys of life with a monitor’s privileges! I took a hot bath almost every evening as a mon and (together with the accessibility of many bread crusts as a bottom-of-the-table mon in the Dining Hall) have for the last nearly seventy years always chosen a bath and bread crust (not neces...
by JohnAL
Wed May 31, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: RESEARCH
Replies: 60
Views: 5968

Re: RESEARCH

Here are three other happenings from the President’s (Prince of Wales/Duke of Windsor) visit in 1921. After leaving the Manual School he visited Lamb A, where he joined a game of billiards (or demonstrated his prowess) and pocketed a red ball. While lunching on the dais a Col B junior poured a mug o...
by JohnAL
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 37
Views: 4697

Less flamboyant CH teachers

There have been some excellent threads dealing with masters of the 1940s, 50s, 60s and other decades. Messrs Jesson-Dibley, Cherniavsky, Daunt, Page, Rider and Malins and Miss Todd come to mind. Apart from pleasing those who knew these masters, a potentially useful stock of relevant knowledge has be...
by JohnAL
Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Housey Coat 'badge'
Replies: 25
Views: 3061

Re: Housey Coat 'badge'

I understand the name Exhibition was indeed used to commemorate the Great Exhibition of 1851, but with a more specific connection. During its successor (The Festival of Britain of 1951) I was at CH and at that time a copy of the brochure of 1851 was used for various history and other lessons. I reme...
by JohnAL
Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What happens to ‘retired’ Housey coats?
Replies: 6
Views: 1139

Re: What happens to ‘retired’ Housey coats?

This recycling suggestion is interesting, likely to be popular and potentially profitable. I am likely to be a purchaser. But it is not so simple. Would a dry cleaning device need to be installed before coats could be sold? That would be expensive. But then a dry cleaning service could be offered to...
by JohnAL
Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:10 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: DAILY ATTENDANCE RECORD
Replies: 9
Views: 986

Re: DAILY ATTENDANCE RECORD

I clearly remember in the mid 1950s Sgt Usher making the rounds of all classrooms in the second period of the morning (so that those who had been to the sicker would have returned to class?). He carried a clipboard with TWO lists, on blue and yellow paper. One list was the attendance register (the b...
by JohnAL
Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Fives versus Squash
Replies: 18
Views: 4210

Re: Fives versus Squash

If I remember correctly AH Buck (Buckie) was driving back to CH from London, under the influence and probably slowly and deliberately. He decided to go straight across a roundabout (rather than follow the more conventional route round its periphery). A constable saw him do this and so after a court ...
by JohnAL
Sun Oct 04, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Innovations in Housey dress
Replies: 16
Views: 2562

Re: Innovations in Housey dress

Thanks Barnes Mum for your comprehensive explanation.
by JohnAL
Tue Sep 29, 2015 8:50 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Innovations in Housey dress
Replies: 16
Views: 2562

Re: Innovations in Housey dress

I am not familiar with the girls’ housey clothes, which seem more varied than the boys’. So the girls’ gray tights in the 2013 Speech Day film are for seniors. Thanks. Girls seem to have at least three types of coat. One is long and seems the same as the boys’ Housey coat, worn with a navy skirt and...