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by scrub
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: House structure
Replies: 56
Views: 1704

Re: House structure

As I have said on another thread, I think it was more likely to be incompetence and/or bullying to protect the good name of the school. I agree, but I feel that some people would prefer a conspiracy to explain gross dereliction of duty because when you accept the alternative you naturally start to ...
by scrub
Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Robert Sillett MBE of Billingshurt
Replies: 8
Views: 287

Re: Robert Sillett MBE of Billingshurt

It's equally amazing how much more thoroughly you search your personal archives when trying to avoid being dropped deep in the brown stuff. I've had paperwork go missing for ages and only when getting the official final notice which promised large fines/deportation/expulsion/etc did I tear the place...
by scrub
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Robert Sillett MBE of Billingshurt
Replies: 8
Views: 287

Re: Robert Sillett MBE of Billingshurt

Bureaucratic tradition and an awareness of where you actually stood in the hierarchy? Besides, at the time they were convinced they were handling things the correct way, so why wouldn't they keep a small note of it somewhere? Plenty of published books are basically someones personal and incredibly (...
by scrub
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Robert Sillett MBE of Billingshurt
Replies: 8
Views: 287

Re: Robert Sillett MBE of Billingshurt

Any idea why? He's in possession of functioning self-preservation instincts? If I were still a gambling man, I'd put money on this silence from the former SMT as the calm before the storm when they start shouting all at once until one of them gets thrown under the bus for the whole affair. Still ha...
by scrub
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Freemasons and questions to answer
Replies: 48
Views: 1406

Re: Freemasons and questions to answer

True, but raw numbers are irrelevant unless they hold positions of influence.
A couple of billion people would prefer not to live in a nuclear wasteland but it only takes one unhinged orange muppet to put their finger on the right button to make it happen anyway.
by scrub
Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: House structure
Replies: 56
Views: 1704

Re: House structure

Actually, this begs an interesting question. How did the School socially engineer the houses? I'm not sure they did, at least not in any calculated way. Like most organisations, the culture tends to be defined by those at the top and I think/thought that the house more reflected the character of th...
by scrub
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:06 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: On a happier note: The Good Teachers!
Replies: 21
Views: 815

Re: On a happier note: The Good Teachers!

I've also got good memories of Jim Endacott, not as a teacher but as a housemaster. Fair, but hard when occasion arose. I always remember him for putty, not punishing me for being blind drunk while on a Saturday duty (taking roll call and sending young un's to bed on time), and his inability to smel...
by scrub
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Underachieving at CH
Replies: 16
Views: 762

Re: Underachieving at CH

I've been thinking about this for a while and have come to the conclusion that I didn't underachieve at CH. Not because I was a genius athlete who went to Oxbridge, but because the expectations for me were so low. For my parents, the only two things they told me were 1) do what makes you happy, and ...
by scrub
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH videos
Replies: 18
Views: 734

Re: CH videos

Bit of a strange experience watching those videos. Jogged a few memories and cleared a few more up, plus found myself a bunch of times thinking "wait, I know that kid!". That's the most I've seen of CH since I left. Can't say it gave me any desire to see more, or stirred any long lost feelings of sc...
by scrub
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Freemasons and questions to answer
Replies: 48
Views: 1406

Re: Freemasons and questions to answer

If I'd stayed in the UK after school and joined the cops I'd probably have signed up with the shifty handshake crew in a heartbeat, but other than that I never really saw the point. If all you're looking for is a drinking club it's far easier to join a rugby/football/hockey/rowing club. Most people ...
by scrub
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: House structure
Replies: 56
Views: 1704

Re: House structure

... the Masonic link should be explored. I've always felt that CH should drop any reference to 'brotherhood' - it implies stronger Masonic links than do or should exist . Not sure if that's ever likely to happen though, the links are very real and quite strong. The CH lodge was formed in 1897, spon...
by scrub
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What was the attraction?
Replies: 29
Views: 966

Re: What was the attraction?

Lots of people spend a lifetime in a 'temporary' place though. Once you've settled somewhere inertia can rob you of a decade before you notice it.
Maybe for some of them CH was a temporary gig that turned into the devil they knew?
by scrub
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: What was the attraction?
Replies: 29
Views: 966

Re: What was the attraction?

I'd imagine some saw it as a stepping stone to a better job. I don't know what the reputation of CH was from a teacher's perspective, but at the very least it was a selective boarding school which provided a classical education. There must have been some sort of cachet having that on your CV when lo...
by scrub
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Management knowledge of the Husband/Dobbie cases
Replies: 57
Views: 2320

Re: Management knowledge of the Husband/Dobbie cases

The school made me see life through the lens of Goldings Lord of the Flies ... I've mentioned/referred to LotF many times when answering the standard "what was boarding school like?" question over the years. I cut back on using it as an example when an ex was quite shaken by my using it to describe...
by scrub
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: House structure
Replies: 56
Views: 1704

Re: House structure

"Hemel" Hempstead? I think it may have been. That definitely rings bells. Yes, he was Housemaster of Th B Yep, David Hempstead, he taught French(?). Was a nice guy IIRC, one of the few teachers that I was disappointed that they left at the time. I was in ThB as well, then transferred to PeA. My yea...