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Old 7th Feb 2019, 11:45
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
Interested in your account of life in a girl's public school Clare Prop. I see that Dilly Keane was expelled!

While doing teacher training I was chatting to a girl on our course who had been at a similar sounding girls' public school to yours. She remarked that girls there were forbidden to have long handled hair brushes. I naively asked her if that was because they could be used as weapons in dormitory fights. She gave me a scornful look and told me that I would have to work out the real reason myself!
Couldn't they just put saltpetre in the food like they did at the boys' school :-) ?
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 12:07
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Originally Posted by JENKINS View Post
If anyone can remember Evans 'walking backwards to Christmas across the irish Sea' she or he might understand his delightful comments.
Are you a GSPS member? Or were you on that Christmas Eve flight?!!
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 12:09
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Originally Posted by pasta View Post
It's incomplete. The full version, as once seen on a T-shirt is "Bibi, Vidi, Vici, Veni"...
Id amo !!

(Clare, it is not plural.)
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 14:00
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
Interested in your account of life in a girl's public school Clare Prop. I see that Dilly Keane was expelled!
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Yes indeed, for whizzing off to London with some boys from our brother school, Worth (famous old boy being Harry Enfield and where the characters of Tim Nice-But-Dim and his chum Charlie, brilliantly played by Martin Clunes, were created) my oldest sister remembers Dillie well. She had a potty mouth and still does! I did a similar thing, sneaking off to see the Rocky Horror Show (when TIm Curry was in it!) aged 14, but didn't get caught! Well not that time, anyway. We used to have dances with the Worth boys. Nuns and monks would be lurking behind the curtains with rulers. Not to beat you with, but to measure the distances between heads during the slow dances to make sure it didn't meet the definition of (their word) "Spooning". What they should have been doing, to save our virtue, was to censor the incoming letters that used to come from the Worth boys afterwards....

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Old 7th Feb 2019, 14:07
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Originally Posted by Clare Prop View Post
That would be we saw, we conquered, we came which doesn't make sense!
You're as slow as I am - it's a joke. Allegedly.

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Old 7th Feb 2019, 14:18
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Originally Posted by NoelEvans View Post
Id amo !!

(Clare, it is not plural.)
Indeed, I should have said Venimus, vidimus, vicimus as any fule kno.

Come to think of it, Venimus describes the ipsius exiguum laborabis Sister Wheatly and her magnum lingum unum rather well.

Meanwhile, Victoria Wood's sketch does sum it up rather well. "I think factories would close down if we didn't have working class people...some of them are actually quite decent! "



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Old 7th Feb 2019, 14:31
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my oldest sister remembers Dillie well. She had a potty mouth and still does!
If in need of a giggle, I often look up Fascinating Aida on Youtube...
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 15:19
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Goon Show

No, Noel. You told the amusing story one day at Leeds. Few there knew of the Goon Show.

Worth School mentioned in another post.. In my travels I shared a cockpit on several occasions with a former pupil of Worth. Prior to taking to the air he had been 'front of house' at the George Cinq, and maintained the dignity in front of a scruffy old captain like me. Would the public school image be enhanced by his brother's success as an Oxford academic? All good Catholics, of course.
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 08:11
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Thumbs down

Whilst Worth is indeed a Public School it is hardly up there in the top echelons like wot the one I went to, you know what I mean like
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 09:35
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Some of this Greek and Latin snobbery is resurrecting my old inferiority complex.
When I discovered that in order to understand the English poetry of Pope and Dryden we needed to first understand wordplay in Greek, well that was when I threw in the towel.
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 10:40
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Whilst I have lost my fluency in Latin after all these years I do still like a read of Ovid if having trouble sleeping.
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 11:24
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My fluency for Latin was never good enough to read Ovid. However I do have Asterix Gallus* and Winnie ille Pu** on my bookshelves.

I visited Rough Castle on the Antonine Wall recently and was delighted to see that the notices on the gate were bilingual: English and Latin!

* Extract:
TOTA GALLIA, QUAE, UT VIDES, EST DIVISA IN PARTES QUINQUE, A ROMANIS OCCUPATA EST... TOTANE? MINIME!
(Pretty much like modern times, isn't it? Instead of drinking magic potion they now wear yellow vets... Well, I'm sure they still drink 'magic potion' though. But it seems that this time the modern 'Romans' are siding with the rebels?)

** Extract:
Cur, Ursus clamat
Cur adeo mel amat
Burr Burr Burr
Quid est causa cur

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Old 8th Feb 2019, 20:06
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Originally Posted by NoelEvans View Post
My fluency for Latin was never good enough to read Ovid. However I do have Asterix Gallus* and Winnie ille Pu** on my bookshelves.
My parents have both.

Sadly their copy of Winnie ille Pu has one section of pages bound in twice, and one section missing. But it took them some decades to read that far through the book, so when they discovered this fault it was a bit late to take it back to the shop and complain.
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 20:12
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Sadly their copy of Winnie ille Pu has one section of pages bound in twice,
There must be another copy sculling about without one of your twins and two of your missing section.
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 23:39
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As an RC, by age 11 I had already been exposed to Latin on a weekly basis since infancy, and indeed even now on my infrequent visits to church, when I am reciting the Apostles Creed in English, one part of my brain is repeating it in Latin (Credo in unum deum etc). So when I went to grammar school and found out that Latin was on the syllabus, I assumed I would have a head start on my Protestant chums. I was thoroughly confused when I learned that our school used the classical pronunciation, where Cicero became Kickero, Caesar became Kaisar, juvenes became youvenes and all V's were pronounced as W's. Hence the schoolboy joke that Julius Caesar had used his famous phrase (see above) to describe the ancient Britons as "weeny, weedy and weaky"
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 00:29
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Queueing up to beat the headmaster....
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 06:53
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TTN, our chaplain, aka Holy Moule, insisted that as a dead language there was no correct pronunciation. I guess that made life simple for him.

His brother was engaged in writing the NEB. Why did they bother, the KJV was far superior. Can you beat such a word as begat?
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 10:30
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Having attended both public and comprehensive schools, from my own experience I can attest that the ratio of good blokes to total gits was pretty much identical. Most of the “these people” posts here say more about the poster than the school system. How would people feel about a similar set of generic accusations directed at any other educational category?
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 11:00
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Originally Posted by ShotOne View Post
Having attended both public and comprehensive schools, from my own experience I can attest that the ratio of good blokes to total gits was pretty much identical. Most of the “these people” posts here say more about the poster than the school system. How would people feel about a similar set of generic accusations directed at any other educational category?
Well now that you've mentioned educational categories ..........how about Sun readers ?
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 12:30
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ShotOne, your firsthand experience just backs up what so many have said about the proportions throughout the different 'flavours' of education establishments. And the lack of the same level of derogatory comments aimed at the 'non-public school' sector confirms my comments about inverse snobbery. That is where any 'class problems' lie: not in reality but merely in the minds of the self-proclaimed class warriors.

And with "educational categories" and " Sun readers", dear boy, what are you on about? (And just to help out: an ellipsis is only three 'dots'. "Dot diarrhea" advertises a clear indication of ... well, dottiness? Or possibly an example of being one of that proportionate percentage of "Public School" Boys who larked around instead of paying attention to his education?)
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