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by jhopgood
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did monitors have any real use?
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Did monitors have any real use?

The fagging system is quite similar to the "prison bitch" system. Once you strip away all the pretentious layers of "culture" and "tradition", you realize there isn't much difference, it's all mindless and brutal protection rackets and petty psychological tricks. I was a swab for 5 terms and did it...
by jhopgood
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did monitors have any real use?
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Did monitors have any real use?

Sitdowns ? I never came across them. I recently tried to trace the whereabouts of the school and house punishment books a few years ago. They had to be kept by law at the time. Guess what ? YUP ! Amesia rules, OK ? I remember the punishment book, from which I remember the number of punishments give...
by jhopgood
Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did monitors have any real use?
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Did monitors have any real use?

Were they not able to give out " Sit-downs " as punishment? I think it was a maximum of two ( 10 minutes ) before you were reported to a master. Nowadays I am not quite sure about using the word master! When I was the junior dorm monitor, which involved reading on a Saturday, early on I discovered ...
by jhopgood
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Teaching staff
Replies: 22
Views: 884

Re: Teaching staff

I found slide rules a joy to use............... I didn't do too much In the way of Mechanics so didn't do that kind of calculation. I used slide rules extensively in Ghana when I was teaching there, Mine (12 inch version) and my soroban are on my desk and get used occasionally. Yes, electronic calc...
by jhopgood
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Michael Scuffil
Replies: 13
Views: 1003

Re: Michael Scuffil

When I became the OB editor, my predecessor, Paddy Drake, said that one of the best things I could do for my successors, was to prepare my own obituary. At least then, it would not need editing. When my brother-in-law died he left very detailed papers for his widow. Not only had he prepared the for...
by jhopgood
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Michael Scuffil
Replies: 13
Views: 1003

Re: Michael Scuffil

There must be a few of our lot (JR, MS, PWB, Me) who might pop our clogs at some point. Perhaps the moderators could prepare some obituaries ready for the occasion like the papers do. Banker Brown isn't posting quite so much these days - perhaps he won't be long he departs for the great foreign exc...
by jhopgood
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Phone boxes
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: Phone boxes

Not on the subject but in the same vein. When I was in Bogota in the late 70's, one had to phone the exchange to request an international line, and they would phone back. One Sunday evening there was some sort of overload and instead of getting the operator, customers lines were crossed so one ended...
by jhopgood
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Teaching staff
Replies: 22
Views: 884

Re: Teaching staff

By heck, when I were a lad doing Maths A level with Ivor McConnell, there was an arrangement with Imperial College who allowed us computer time. We could write programs in something called Fortran 4 and put them onto punchcards using a small bodkin to push out perforated chads. The cards would go o...
by jhopgood
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Phone boxes
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: Phone boxes

I only recall 3 phone boxes. The ones behind the Courtroom and next to the Tuckshop that have already been mentioned, and one next to the Post Office. These were the only ones I recall, although I believe senior Housemasters had a phone in their study, presumably for "emergencies". As a policeman, ...
by jhopgood
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: House structure
Replies: 56
Views: 2137

Re: House structure

I have always claimed that I was the last senior boy to leave Barnes B for the outside world. I left Barnes B in 1966 and there was one other leaver, Savins, who was junior to me and hence called first. I spent all of my time in Barnes B, which converted to a Junior House after I left. Over 1964 - 1...
by jhopgood
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:22 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: 23
Views: 1859

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

I left CH in 1966 and never gave a thought to continuing to play the trombone, at which was proficient, but nowhere near the standard of others who included NYO players such as Colin Sheen, Jack Springbett, Noel Abel, Paul Barnes and another, whose name escapes me. I wonder whether the Springbett y...
by jhopgood
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 394
Views: 31188

Re: Politics

.... and I wasn't going to comment on ' Freaky 's' outburst above. However, as stated before, I voted for Brexit and therefore was part of the majority. I think thats called DEMOCRACY ? My bold. Correct use of the past tense. You’re in the minority now. The referendum should re-run and we should co...
by jhopgood
Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Thornton B Sword
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Re: Thornton B Sword

I thought of putting a photo up of the blowpipe and machete but was defeated by technology. The blow pipe is 70" long with an 8" 'bayonet' attached to the top. It actually belongs to my son, who brought it back from Brunei when he visited with a friend of ours who was in charge of CFBT for Brunei. M...
by jhopgood
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Thornton B Sword
Replies: 12
Views: 585

Re: Thornton B Sword

I should add that despite the regulations about looting a lot of small items seem to find their way back to the UK and USA. About four years ago Grand Admiral Donitz's baton was sold by the family of a 'senior officer' who had been in Flensburg in 1945. David :shock: I seem to remember from my time...
by jhopgood
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Damian Le Bas, Radio 4 Book of the Week
Replies: 14
Views: 632

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

This is vaguely off topic and probably only of interest to me. When I was helping my uncle on my mother's side to do the family tree, one of his ancestors (1890's) had a relationship with a servant whose surname was Traveller, and they had 2 children. He married someone else but I always wondered wh...