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by eucsgmrc
Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: So, the underground tunnels...
Replies: 244
Views: 46745

Re: So, the underground tunnels...

Ajarn Philip wrote:A third possibility exists: you now realise you have more in common than you imagined ...
Well, let me consider what I have in common with Kit.

1. Fond of a pint.
2. Like sailing.
3. Nobody would expect to see me on a bike.
by eucsgmrc
Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:05 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: So, the underground tunnels...
Replies: 244
Views: 46745

Re: So, the underground tunnels...

... You read us short stories like "Ali the terrible turk" a one eyed wrestler, and "Neither man nor Dog". Ah yes. Gerald Kersh. A debased taste, and not very suitable for 11-year-olds. I think I discovered him because Kit Aitken had read us those books in earlier years, but I may have misremembere...
by eucsgmrc
Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Marching
Replies: 14
Views: 1389

Re: Marching

... I think it is unique to Housey, for, I know of no other (non-military) secondary, educational establishment which has a tradition of marching. I always assumed that the marching was a necessity, rather than some idiosyncratic whim of a militaristic headmaster. The school was condemned to marchi...
by eucsgmrc
Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: So, the underground tunnels...
Replies: 244
Views: 46745

Re: So, the underground tunnels...

... you used to read to us brats in the Junior Dorm before lights out - each monitor would read on a different night. You introduced me to books I still have, and I'm sure I have a photo of you in The Pirates of Penzance (unscanned as yet) performed by Col A at the Prep Hall. Hello Robin Wild! I'm ...
by eucsgmrc
Fri Apr 03, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: So, the underground tunnels...
Replies: 244
Views: 46745

Re: So, the underground tunnels...

In fact I don't think the monitors ever had fires lit Hmmm. Curious. I was in Col A at almost exactly the same time as sejintenej, and I remember nothing of coal carrying in my early years. However, I do think the two studies had their fires lit. Certainly, when, in later years, I occupied one myse...
by eucsgmrc
Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: What moves you?
Replies: 12
Views: 1673

Re: What moves you?

I'll start off with the Philadelphia Orchestra playing Barber's Adagio for Strings Opus 11 which was recorded at the memorial concert for the victims of 9/11 We can certainly agree on that. Samuel Barber also used the same music for a setting of the Agnus Dei for unaccompanied chorus. That "ought" ...
by eucsgmrc
Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: JR?
Replies: 2
Views: 796

Re: JR?

Still having problems with Windows Explorer which may due to an Error Message "XAHook.dll missing" which I cannot resolve. A quick browse around the web reveals no authoritative description of XAHool.dll, but many dubious sites offering vague and untrustworthy advice. Some of them offer you the cha...
by eucsgmrc
Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Rev W Cochrane. (Corks!)
Replies: 41
Views: 3545

Re: Rev W Cochrane. (Corks!)

Anything modern like jazz was verboten. I don't actually remember any such absolute policy, but perhaps Col A was less rigorous about such things because Kit knew very little about music. In my time - 54 to 62 - there was a "house wireless" kept in the dayroom, and switched on quite a lot of the ti...
by eucsgmrc
Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Arthur Rider
Replies: 17
Views: 2208

Re: Arthur Rider

... One of his methods (unique at CH for lower forms) was to make the whole class start each lesson by reciting in unison the full range of French phonetic sounds and he paid attention to every pupil. One of my French teachers - and I think it was AR - told us that we were horrid ill-mannered boys ...
by eucsgmrc
Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Rev W Cochrane. (Corks!)
Replies: 41
Views: 3545

Re: Rev W Cochrane. (Corks!)

We were simply given paper and powder but never shown how to paint nor paintings by the masters to try to emulate. I suppose the Oil wasn't that way inclined. I just hope the present teachers are better. I hadn't really thought about it that way. I thought Nell Todd was quite nice, and Art periods ...
by eucsgmrc
Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Rev W Cochrane. (Corks!)
Replies: 41
Views: 3545

Re: Rev W Cochrane. (Corks!)

Photos of Corks Near the end of the series of photos there are (ironically) a few images of a performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” from the early 1960s. It’s ironic because Corks, when Director of Music, never allowed a school production of any Gilbert and Sullivan opera. So either this was a h...
by eucsgmrc
Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Rev W Cochrane. (Corks!)
Replies: 41
Views: 3545

Re: Rev W Cochrane. (Corks!)

... A story someone told me after Corks left was that Seaman told him in effect that the choral stuff was all very well but there was a lack of everything else... CMES was right, but until I read this I had never realised that he was aware of music. There were in Corks' time two peaks of high music...
by eucsgmrc
Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Rev W Cochrane. (Corks!)
Replies: 41
Views: 3545

Re: Rev W Cochrane. (Corks!)

Photos of Corks ... if one views other images of this long series of photos (after and to the right of the laboratory photos) there are several Col A house photos from the mid 1950s. Each shows the senior housemaster (EC Aitken) and on his left Corks, without a clerical collar, which was how he was...
by eucsgmrc
Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Rev W Cochrane. (Corks!)
Replies: 41
Views: 3545

Re: Rev W Cochrane. (Corks!)

I only ever saw Corks the worse for drink once, and that was after he left CH. It was in his 'local', the Rising Sun pub next to St Paul's. Corks was a considerable drinker, and I seem to remember that Kit could match him. That said, they could hold it, and they could stop, so, by the standards of ...
by eucsgmrc
Tue Feb 03, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Strange old man dressed in WW1 army gear / dog named lobster
Replies: 119
Views: 17341

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

The 'tickling stick'? Surely it was 'Tickle-toby'? Indeed it was! Until you mentioned the name Toby, the whole "tickling stick" thread meant nothing to me - just another feature of Housey life that I had forgotten, or never been aware of. But yes, I certainly recall Tickle Toby as something that ot...