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911951.  Sun May 27, 2012 7:15 am Reply with quote

John Forrest has died - the actor who gave me many nightmares.

He played Flashman in the 1951 movie Tom Brown's Schooldays. The scene that upset me so much was where Flashman and his cronies hold Tom in front of a roaring fire, slowly roasting him. Not a good film to show a 7 year-old.
(who's also baffled by this all-boys society in what appears to be a school...)

911974.  Sun May 27, 2012 8:34 am Reply with quote

The school was Rugby, a well-known all-boys public school, 'yorz. Boarding schools were single sex in the 19th century, and indeed I think most still are.

911978.  Sun May 27, 2012 8:43 am Reply with quote

He was an interesting chap, although I do admit to only knowing him through his portrayal of Flashman, only surpassed I think by Anthony Valentine.

911981.  Sun May 27, 2012 8:49 am Reply with quote

Rugby School is now co-ed I believe. My biological father worked there as a carpenter at one stage when I was small, but I don't recall ever going into the grounds.

911986.  Sun May 27, 2012 9:06 am Reply with quote

bemahan wrote:
Prof Wind Up Merchant wrote:
Can't imagine how Barry Gibb must be feeling now having lost three younger brothers.

As bemason said, at least he's staying alive...

The Gibb and Summer families are clubbing together to save on cremation fees. They'll just have one big Disco Inferno.

911998.  Sun May 27, 2012 10:08 am Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
The school was Rugby, a well-known all-boys public school, 'yorz. Boarding schools were single sex in the 19th century, and indeed I think most still are.

I know that now, Jenny, but as a young Dutch child I didn't really have a good grasp of what was happening. I just managed to read most the subtitles. The whole concept of boarding schools and that level of bullying were alien to me.

912070.  Sun May 27, 2012 1:04 pm Reply with quote

Ah yes, how the memories come flooding back - St. Tadger's day japes especially.

912073.  Sun May 27, 2012 1:17 pm Reply with quote

I was fortunate to get a preview of Ripping Yarns, in the form of a reading of part of the Tompkinson's Schooldays script, from the author's mouth during his address to our LitSoc entitled "Is Fish Comedy".

912075.  Sun May 27, 2012 1:27 pm Reply with quote


Not all of the episode is available it seems* though a clip on Youtube adds a bit. In honour of Olympic year and in the best traditions of British competetive hopping there was an event on Hampstead Heath this year.

* because of the not so oblique drugs reference I imagine.

Quote:'s a sort of smelling salts.

912076.  Sun May 27, 2012 1:37 pm Reply with quote

Arcane wrote:
Rugby School is now co-ed I believe.

Indeed it is, and it's fully co-educational - that is to say, it accepts both boys and girls from the age of 11. (For the two years from 11-13, the school is open to day pupils only. Boarding begins from 13, and most pupils only join the school at that age.)

This is still quite an uncommon way of working among the leading independent schools - most are single sex to age 16, but many then go co-ed in the sixth form.

Most of the grammar schools which remain in England are single sex schools too (except in Slough, where all the grammar schools are co-ed). In common with many although not all, my school admits boys into the sixth form, but in practice not very many join. It usually only happens if a boy wants to study a combination of subjects that his previous school cannot accommodate, and the number of boys is in single digits. For a girl to join a boys' grammar school in the sixth form is rather more common.

912525.  Tue May 29, 2012 1:58 pm Reply with quote

Paul Fussell has died.

klaas carel faber has died.

sally carr
912596.  Tue May 29, 2012 4:38 pm Reply with quote

Cassandra Jardine has died

Oceans Edge
912766.  Wed May 30, 2012 9:12 am Reply with quote

Doc Watson has died

912867.  Wed May 30, 2012 6:08 pm Reply with quote

Jim Paratore has died.

913519.  Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:04 am Reply with quote

Oceans Edge wrote:
Doc Watson has died

Sad. Only found at at dinner tonight when my friend played the Tennessee Stud.


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