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by rockfreak
Fri Jun 14, 2024 9:22 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Stockholm Syndrome among Old Blues
Replies: 9
Views: 424

Re: Stockholm Syndrome among Old Blues

John Sandys said that we gave our consent at 11. But how did we know what we were giving our consent to? At that age we tend to give our consent to anything that our parents suggest will be good for us, whether we think it a good idea or not. Education for several years by strangers of whom we know ...
by rockfreak
Wed Jun 12, 2024 9:10 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Stockholm Syndrome among Old Blues
Replies: 9
Views: 424

Re: Stockholm Syndrome among Old Blues

I posted my thoughts onto the Boarding School Action site and ex-boarder, psychologist and author Simon Partridge replied. He reminded me that boarding schools are total institutions (along with monasteries, military barracks and mental hospitals). OK, so we were not actually restrained at CH but we...
by rockfreak
Wed Jun 05, 2024 7:52 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Stockholm Syndrome among Old Blues
Replies: 9
Views: 424

Stockholm Syndrome among Old Blues

Stockholm Syndrome is described as a theory which claims to show why hostages develop a psychological bond with their captors. This got me thinking about boarding schools. I note from this site that even some who found the school rugged, loveless, tolerant of bullying, etc, still make excuses for it...
by rockfreak
Mon Jun 03, 2024 10:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Normal things
Replies: 6
Views: 475

Re: Normal things

Watch Ant and Dec.
by rockfreak
Mon Jun 03, 2024 10:08 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Charles Lamb
Replies: 0
Views: 149

Charles Lamb

A letter in this weekend's FT has a reader remembering one of Lamb's essays titled The Superannuated Man in which the author worked as a clerk for the East India Company in London. This rang a bell with me because I remember the same essay from A Book Of English Essays which I got as a class prize f...
by rockfreak
Mon May 27, 2024 9:06 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: ST Coleridge
Replies: 3
Views: 477

Re: ST Coleridge

Going through Google I put in "Laudanum in Lakeland" and discovered that many people in the Coleridge/Wordsworth family group were knocking back the tincture of Laudanum since it was the popular analgesic of the day for all ills, painkilling medicine not being so advanced then. Since it's ...
by rockfreak
Sun May 26, 2024 8:50 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: ST Coleridge
Replies: 3
Views: 477

ST Coleridge

Having been in Coleridge B in the Puritan, pre Beatles 1950s (and before the girls moved in) I've often wondered if there's a definitive biography of Samuel Taylor. I believe that he was the son of a West Country clergyman, was beaten by the appalling Rev Boyer at CH, endorsed the revolution in Fran...
by rockfreak
Sat May 04, 2024 9:02 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Rubbish service
Replies: 1
Views: 418

Rubbish service

Today I get another of my letters in the FT. In this case in the FT Weekend edition in response to their last week's article about why customer service is such crap these days. It went: "Further evidence of idiocy down the rabbit hole. I have been awarded a Top Fan Badge by EDF Energy as a resu...
by rockfreak
Sat May 04, 2024 8:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Stirring Hymns
Replies: 2
Views: 372

Re: Stirring Hymns

Thanks Mr Ed for putting the link to Maddy and the Carnival Band. As an old codger who came late to the internet I'm useless at putting links. I suppose I'm what is today described as a Cultural Christian - someone who was brought up with this stuff and still has a lingering affection for it, while ...
by rockfreak
Sun Apr 28, 2024 10:28 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Stirring Hymns
Replies: 2
Views: 372

Stirring Hymns

I suppose many of my older generation will not be believers but may still respond to the stirring hymns we used to sing in chapel. I've recently discovered an interesting set of albums by Maddy Pryor, taking one of her periodic rests from being singer with Steeleye Span, and titled "Maddy Pryor...
by rockfreak
Sun Mar 31, 2024 9:20 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: CH and the Band of the Royal Marines
Replies: 0
Views: 661

CH and the Band of the Royal Marines

I've just caught up with this on You Tube. Why were comments turned off? I've had my issues with CH (admittedly from the 1950s) but I was pleased to see the Marines with their buzzcuts alongside CH's very mixed musicians and the lead drum major proudly sporting very Afro-Caribbean dreadlocks. Bravo!
by rockfreak
Fri Mar 29, 2024 10:01 pm
Forum: Abuse cases and related discussions
Topic: Piers Cross interviews Earl Spencer
Replies: 0
Views: 660

Piers Cross interviews Earl Spencer

Today's podcast shows Piers Cross (ex-CH) interviewing Princess Di's brother about his recent book. A bit sobering. I thought there were times when CH was bad enough but Maidwell Prep seemed to be setting new standards in nastiness.
by rockfreak
Tue Mar 05, 2024 8:12 pm
Forum: General Chat - Non CH
Topic: Best names in the media
Replies: 21
Views: 6628

Re: Best names in the media

I don't know about the media, apart from the fact that it reported football, but in the Euro 2000s there was Cocu, Totti and Windass in one tournament, and if it had been the World Cup they would have had Titi Camarra who, I think, played for Nigeria. And then there was, many years ago, that French ...
by rockfreak
Fri Mar 01, 2024 8:01 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Programme of Marches Played by the Christ's Hospital Military Band
Replies: 4
Views: 1756

Re: Programme of Marches Played by the Christ's Hospital Military Band

Years after I'd left they appeared to have resurrected the theme from Sports Report. This was where we all went silent at home (partly to hear the fortunes of Spurs (my team) or Middlesbrough (my Dad's team) and so my dad could work out whether he'd won a fortune on Littlewoods Pools (he never did).
by rockfreak
Tue Feb 27, 2024 1:31 pm
Forum: Stories, Reminiscing & Teacher/Pupil Memories
Topic: Michael Cherniavsky
Replies: 93
Views: 71013

Re: Michael Cherniavsky

Back to Geoffrey Cannon who posted originally on this site. He crops up in a new book: "Days in the Life: Voices from the English Underground, 1961 to 1971". It's a new edition of a 1988 book by Jonathon Green which does what it says; collected unexpurgated opinions on the counter culture ...