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by jhopgood
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH San
Replies: 17
Views: 1410

Re: CH San

Surely "sanatorium" has a meaning very close to hospital which could be translated as our "sicker". Might be worth exploring from that angle. It was a 2004 OB which I don't have in front of me at the moment. However, the letter definitely differentiated between San and Infirmary. (Typical. I saved ...
by jhopgood
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH San
Replies: 17
Views: 1410

Re: CH San

Ah, but is it still there?
Is that what was known as the San Mile?
by jhopgood
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH San
Replies: 17
Views: 1410

CH San

I was browsing through one of the first OB's i edited, and came across correspondence from OB's who had been at CH around D Day. One mentions a flying bomb that blew of the roof of the San and ruined the nearby masters garages. It was apparently close to the infirmary which survived. I assume it was...
by jhopgood
Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?
Replies: 132
Views: 12264

Re: Should Christ's Hospital Stop Being a Faith School?

In the mid/late fifties confirmation was just about compulsory unless you were of a different faith. That is certainly not true. Not the slightest pressure was put on me to be confirmed. It was not even casually suggested, and no one thought it odd that I wasn't. (As it happened, I had been baptise...
by jhopgood
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did You Learn to Swear at CH? And Do You Still Eff It Today?
Replies: 16
Views: 2294

Re: Did You Learn to Swear at CH? And Do You Still Eff It Today?

I actually got ejected from a language laboratory since I didn't realise that the teacher could listen in. She complained that I was not speaking Spanish nor acceptable English Reminds me; at work I had to learn Llanito which is pretty close to Andaluz Spanish. However I was warned never ever to us...
by jhopgood
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: From the sublime to the ridiculous
Replies: 166
Views: 18372

Re: From the sublime to the ridiculous

A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set of tables, a slide-rule and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he believes the man i...
by jhopgood
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Did You Learn to Swear at CH? And Do You Still Eff It Today?
Replies: 16
Views: 2294

Re: Did You Learn to Swear at CH? And Do You Still Eff It Today?

At my Junior School, our class had to use another room to be told all about the school journey. Ian Johnson (LaB) and I were to share a room and sat at adjacent desks. I amused myself by dipping my finger in the ink well and writing on the desk. Ian egged me on but carefully did not deface his desk....
by jhopgood
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Clean clothes at Horsham in the 40s & 50s
Replies: 29
Views: 2981

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

The trough and indeed the lav ends and baths, were both a bit of an eye opener. The trough was full of muddy water with people of all ages sitting as though they were a rowing quartet. All it seemed to do was get off the worst of the mud. I have no idea who controlled the changing of the water nor t...
by jhopgood
Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Day Room wall colours & their possible significance
Replies: 1
Views: 460

Re: Day Room wall colours & their possible significance

How extraordinary. I was in Barnes B for Cherniavsky's last year, and until now, could not have recalled the colour of the walls, which were mainly hidden behind the lockers, except outside the dayroom, where the upper half was windows, and the lower half the grey/blue. Maybe he chose those colours ...
by jhopgood
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Careers Advice - for PUPILS and OLD BLUES
Topic: Languages, anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 3799

Re: Languages, anyone?

Ignore anyone who tells you that you can't learn languages as an adult. You will probably always have an accent, but you can certainly learn enough to make conversation, get about, read newspapers and books, and above all, make friends. I would agree. I have probably mentioned this before on this s...
by jhopgood
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 398
Views: 31302

Re: Politics

Not quite on the same subject, but whilst having a drink with a friend the other day, he mentioned that Putin is the major threat to the world these days. Apparently, Putin wants to make Russia great again by destabilising western democracies. Looking at the US and UK, he has had a certain amount of...
by jhopgood
Tue May 09, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Threads being moved
Replies: 19
Views: 2345

Re: Threads being moved

and he forgot the circumflex ê as in la tête Yep. As Arthur Rider said, hats have heads, phantoms have hoods and hotels have roofs. I guess that you are lucky; my laptop died permanantly and I had to get an HP. What a disaster; the old one had all the accented letters, tildes, circumflexes, umlauts...
by jhopgood
Mon May 08, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 398
Views: 31302

Re: Politics

michael scuffil wrote:
Mon May 08, 2017 11:38 am
Anyway, today is VE Day -- Victory for Europe.
And there is still a discussion as to who won!!
by jhopgood
Sun May 07, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Politics
Replies: 398
Views: 31302

Re: Politics

Currently reading

Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now?: Everything You Need to Know about Britain's Divorce from Europe
Ian Dunt

Which so far has set out some of the problems of WTO etc
by jhopgood
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Less flamboyant CH teachers
Replies: 36
Views: 4056

Re: Less flamboyant CH teachers

Here are some more facts Robert Rae A maths teacher, graduate of Cambridge U and Solihull Grammar School, who taught mainly junior forms. Bachelor. Keen on mountain climbing. National service was in N India (RAF) and he reached the rank of Flight Sgt. Keen on CCF. So later obtained a commission and...