Saturday, 7 August 2010

Chatham House Ramsgate School Entertainment Pictures

I managed to borrow these to scan in and will probably do some sort of booklet so they get preserved permanently, I don’t now anything about the pictures as there is no text with them.

Going by the hairstyles I would guess that the pictures date from around 1970.Are they all picture of boys do you think, or are some of the girls real girls?Click on the link for the rest of the pictures http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/chathamhouse/

Anyway please any information so I have some text for the book would be helpful.

134 comments:

  1. Definitely real girls! Apart from everything else, I don't think any boys / men (apart from drag acts) would have such perfectly plucked eyebrows.

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  2. Whereas in more modern times productions have been jointly with Clarendon House, that was not the case years ago. Generally productions had all boy casts save the odd female lead role where a suitably lady would be co-opted. Very much dout that a 70's vintage production would have brought in a chorus line of females, so I plug for boys.

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  3. When I was involved with the school plays at CHS in 1968 & 1969, we had several girls from Clarenden House playing the female parts. To be honest apart from the London trip as a reward, it was one of the reasons I joined, and it worked, as I went out with one of the girls afterward!

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  4. O.k. the photo of Caberet, they are all girls, the year is 75/6 I know this because I watched this production why? the girl with the long hair in the center was my girlfriend at the time.

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  5. Just to verify the year is 76, [it was a long time ago] there was a report in the East Kent Times with several photographs, I cannot believe I have just stumbled on this but glad to help with the queston[s] posed, good times with warm memories.

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  6. Greege sorry some of the pictures that you get to when you follow the link have gone all funny, I was playing about with the web hosting and will sort them out in the fullness of time.

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  7. Most boys at chatham house were bi or gay
    very few were STRAIGHT, NOT THAT THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG IN THAT

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    1. I suppose you were there and know that as fact. Thought not, just observations from some lesser establishment no doubt.

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    2. Yes I did attend Chatham House, much to my regret

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    3. The regret says it all. Still remains amongst the best seven years of my life. No one I knew was gay or bisexual and cricket and rugby were the highlights not gender decisions.

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    4. Too bad that was the best 7 years...the rest of your life was it that bad?

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  8. If they had stressed acadamics more and not those silly sports games you would have been better off, I am sure rugby and cricket hasn't helped you financially

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    1. Wrong,I had nearly six years of playing cricket virtually full time including in Africa and Asia, thoroughly enjoyed it whilst paid a decent income, and without detriment to my longer term career. Old Jake's coaching served me well.

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    2. Playing cricket for 6 years, didn't your arms get tired...did you at least get a tea break?

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  9. I had many happy days at chatham house. Also the lavs were so private too.

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    1. BEEN READING THE ABOVE COMMENTS. What does it all mean?

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    2. Means some people are bitter and twisted because they did not make the most of their chance.

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  10. Does anyone remember james gleason who attended in the 50s?

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    1. Any relation to Judy or Sally? Remember them.

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    2. yes coisins

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  11. Whats all this gay stuff talk, besides these days it is accepted as normal behaviour isn't it?
    So it must have been in those day.

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  12. I myself attended St George's...now that was a real school!

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    1. Not quite in the same league, at anything, as CHS, but a decent boys school nonetheless.

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    2. I concur, St. George's was in a much better league, but CHS boys were decent in there inferior way none the less!

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    3. Perhaps then, Anon, you can remind us when St. George's boys beat those of Chatham House at any sport? What about all the university state scholarships they won or university dons they produced? Maybe the odd prime minister or even a general or two?

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    4. Many years before your time my boy!

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    5. I doubt that for I exchanged my green blazer for a khaki uniform with one shiny pip on call up. Can't recall meeting any St. George's types at officer cadet school though about four other CHS chaps were there.

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    6. Were they gay lovers?

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  13. I once was in love with a CH boy he was one form ahead of me, we lost touch how ever he was so pretty

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    1. Why did use loose touch

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  14. Anyone know Gerald Fitz gerald of ramsgate 1950s

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  15. WHAT A BUNCH OF GAY BLADES PUTTING ON A PLAY...EWWWWW HOW POOFEY
    I BET THE BOYS WAR KNICKERS...LOL

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  16. SORRY...... WORE KNICKERS...

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  17. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER ANN LANGLEY OF CLARIDON HOUSE sCHOOL SHE ATTENDED IN 1949 TO 1950 SOMTHING

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  18. Does anyone remember Ann Langley of Claridon House School sshe Attended during the very late 40s to early 50s
    Tar ever so much

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  19. Did she reside on Effingham Street by chance?

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  20. Brian Ahern here I went to CHS in the 60s would appreciate any comment from my old class mates please give me a hello
    Tar ever so much

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  21. Hello what strange comments on this site , is it for real or is this site a joke?
    Thanks
    Curious George

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    1. Mainly contributions by the odd eleven plus failure, forever bitter and twisted so has to describe the grammar school as a place for toffs and poofs.

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    2. what is a poof please, I live in USA and once went to CHS for 6*weeks before being moved to America, don't like it much either but have no money to return to Ramsgate and Parents

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    3. Poof = homosexual.

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    4. It could be a sort of padded cube shaped item to rest your legs on whilst reclining back watching the TV, but in the context here I suggest it is what Americans would call a fag.

      The latter, fag, here in the UK could be a cigarette or a younger boy at boarding school who does things for an older one which, come to think of it, could include being his poof.

      Generally in these days to call a person a poof could be regarded as offensive although there are four gay men who call themselves 'Four poofs and a piano' as a variety act and that is considered funny. The trick is that they call themselves poofs.

      There is also a tendency for football playing types to call rugby players poofs, though never directly to their faces as that has the potential for grievous bodily harm.

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    5. Well thank you, was CHS known for being a poof school. no offense ment just wondering......

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    6. No, more for producing good rugby players and cricketers, but the lesser beings at other schools liked to sneeringly dismiss the CHS boys as toffee nosed poofs, from a safe distance of course! By the way, no offence taken.

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    7. What is a toffee nosed poof then

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    8. Good rugby players, what a dubious distinction

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    9. I attended CHS in the 1958 till I graduated. I was a prefect. Looking back I was not a very nice prefect. I would like to say how sorry I am to all the boys that I was cruel and unjust too. My name is John Stratford Jrn. Does anyone remember me. I would like to say sorry to Frederick Maynard especially.
      I hope he understands what I mean
      thank you and Good Night

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    10. Strange term 'graduated' for most of us 'left' Chatham House and only graduated after attending college. Not to worry though, John, for although I was there in the 50's I do not remember you and you certainly were not nasty to me. Had you been you would probably have been on the receiving end of a few swift bouncers in an inter house cricket match.

      Anyway, put it all behind you and don't worry about it now. Bet I was a far nastier drill instructor on National Service than you were as a prefect, yet I do not lose any sleep over it.

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    11. Did use orl get a gud edjewcashun at chatamarse school?

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    12. What do you think of the current CHS Are the students the same caliber as previous years. Or less motvated. Do they have the same school spirit. Or are they less motivated in todays 'gimme more' enviroment?

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  22. Hard to say because Chatham House is now in a federation with Clarendon House and, as such,is no longer a single sex school. I can think of some chaps of my time who would be highly motivated by that change whilst others might lament the passing of a traditional boys only establisment.

    The calibre of students is probably much the same, far more in todays world go on to university though perhaps those of yesteryear grew up faster thanks to National Service. Difficult really to compare different times, leastways in trying to decide whether today's youngest are of the same calibre as those that went before. They probably are but face different challenges.

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  23. I can well understand most of the boys being upset that it is not a single sex school. After all it does increase competition on all levels, does it not old chap.

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    1. Modern trend, old fruit, and even many historic boy's public schools have now gone unisex as well. Not with you on the competition bit for that is virtually outlawed in our modern thinking where there are no losers and everybody gets a prize.

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    2. Why don't any of these posts make sense, am I missing something?

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    3. Maybe because you didn't go to a grammar school?

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    4. Don't be so pomp-ARSE

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    5. Bet you are really pleased with that piece of literary wit which only serves to confirm my earlier comment at 9:31.

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    6. All these negative comments on here does nothing to enhance the image of the students of CHS, I am sure they all would be horrified if they new of the villanous comments posted about these fine young men.
      Certainly many students were not angels but the majority were fine examples of white British youth

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    7. That was a funny reply by 6.05pm...I amost fell off my chair laughing... although un warranted, and kind of rude however...amusing yes...nice no!.

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    8. ME TOO WHAT A GOOD RETORT.....HA HA

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    9. I just read that too, being a Hereson pupil I thought it hillari ARSE lol

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    10. My, Shakespeare would be impressed at what a secondary modern education can do for you!!

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    11. pip pip old chap. what a good chappy you are pip pip have a cupa tea and a crumpit, ask the char lady to wipe your nose pip pip old bean

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    12. How sweet when the low life try to be posh.

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    13. YES...how are you doing at that?

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    14. Comes naturally to me, old boy.

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    15. What a good laugh i had such amusing commens. oh dear me u chaps are the cats arse lol

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    16. Obviously, 3:44, missed out on a grammar (or at least spelling and punctuation) school education.

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  24. Anon, 12:51, I find your comment about white British youth quite unnecesary and actually inaccurate. Even back in the late 40's and 50's there were pupils of non-British nationality and not all were pure Anglo-saxon stock. In the ensuing decades, with immigration increasing in the 60's onwards, so the numbers of pupils of non British or other ethnic origns increased.

    In reality, CHS was and remains a very good school and I would suggest that most who went there were generally better educated and rounded off people as a result. I do agree with you that some of the foregoing comments range from negative to decidely unpleasant, but even yours has a hint of sarcasm about it. Clearly there are some people out there who never got over the fact they did not go to Chatham House.

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    1. I suspect you are non white, not that there is anything wrong with that . I myself come from japan.

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    2. Ah, that explain the desire for the last word. Must notta lose face after all. As to my colour, pute white, fair hair and blue eyes. Hitler would have bred from me.

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    3. I suspect you are a Hitler fan, (not that there is anything wrong with that.} However for your information he did lose the war. He hasn't been heard from since! I wonder if he was a CH student.

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    4. Not a fan though had I been old enough I could have coped with being a stud in a master race breeding centre as long as it wasn't artificial insemination. By the way, no chance of him being a CHS student otherwise he would have won.

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    5. Did you forget Mr. Hitler had a deep predujice against homosexuals. (not that there is anything wrong with being one)

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    6. His choice. For me the fairer sex are far to nice to ever fancy hairy rugby players.

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    7. So you like blond men?

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    8. 2:23 Are you being deliberately thick or have you never heard the expression fairer sex applied to women. Presumably you are trying to provoke somed homophobic response so you can join that current Thanet trend of name calling.

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    9. Never heard of that expression, does not imply that it only for females does it.
      Well a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Many hands make light work God hath no fury like a woman scorned. Too many cooks spoil the broth. There's no bussiness like show bussiness. A penny saved is a penny erned. Every little helps said the old women when she peed in the sea.....etc etc etc............

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    10. Whatever do you do for an encore?

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    11. Who is this most amusing fellow?

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    12. Yes he is rather...I wonder if he is a professional jokester

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    13. If he is I doubt whether he makes much of a living out of it. Reeling off old sayings is hardly humour which reminds me, a prat in a blog is still a prat!

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    14. What is a pratt ?

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    15. prat

      n. English term, primarily used in United Kingdom. The literal meaning is "bottom" or "rump"; aka backside, buttocks, sacrum, tail end. This lends itself to the slang meaning of "ass," or "clueless person of arrogant stupidity." It is not always directly translatable to American slang. For example, if you used the term "prat hat" in the U.K., you would likely be laughed out of town by the locals.

      I can't believe what an overbearing idiot he is. What a prat!

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    16. Thanks for explaining that

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  25. Was CHS closed during WW2 and WW1? I know some schools were. If so where did the students go and when did they return? Were the host families paid and if so how much. Did they check to see if the host families were suitable to host?
    Thank you for possible replies

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    1. All I know is that CHS were evacuated, boys and staff, to Stafford during WWII. Can't help with the socialist and health and safety questions.

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    2. Can anyone supply more information

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    3. still looking for evacuation information, if you were evacuated please tell me your story
      tar ever so much

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    4. Anon, 1:55, I have heard from an old boy of King Edward VI School, Stafford who recalls the Chatham House boys arriving there in 1942, he thinks, and then returning to Thanet ater the D Day landings in 1944, when the threat to the south coast had considerably receded. I started at Chatham House in September 1946 and most of the older boys from the 4th year upwards had been evacuated to Stafford along with several of the older staff still at the school. Most of the younger staff had seen military service and many had only recently been demobbed when I started.

      My informant tells me the CHS boys were billeted with families around the town during their stay. There are still evacuees on the membership list of the Old Ruymians so if you want more information I suggest you write to the Chairman of the ORs via the school.

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    5. Thankyou so much for that information

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    6. Went to this school 1976 but was expelled for constant smoking in the lav got caught a dozen times. Wild Woodbines was my downfall.

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    7. WildwoodBines why were they wild?

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    8. Because they cause lung problems

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    9. Think they were actually Wills Woodbines and the Wills of said company once lived on the Ramsgate Eastcliff.

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    10. I beg to differ, they were Wild Woodbine on the package
      Woodbine is a brand of cigarette made in England by W. D. & H. O. Wills (now Imperial Tobacco) from 1888 to 1988. In the early 1970s Woodbine Cigarettes were released in Australia as "Wild Woodbine".
      If you Google it you wil see!

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    11. I bow to your evident superior knowledge on the tobacco industry.

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    12. The more white collar chaps smoked Players...PLAYERS PLEASE

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    13. Ramsgate is the most foodie of the Thanet towns, and with its royal marina and water-facing alfresco cafes, flirts successfully with that semi-mythical beast: continental cafe culture. For Regency glamour, plus unparalleled views over the harbour, book a veranda room at the Royal Harbour Hotel (01843 591514, royalharbourhotel.co.uk, doubles from £98). Top dining tips include the much-acclaimed Eddie Gilbert's, above a fishmonger's on King Street (01843 852123, eddiegilberts.com), and the arguably more glamorous Age & Sons (01843 851515, ageandsons.co.uk), a three-storey conversion in a courtyard behind the seafront, with all-day deli, cocktail bar and upstairs restaurant specialising in local fish.
      In recent years Ramsgate has clambered on board the arts bandwagon, and this year's second annual "Summer Squall" (ramsgatearts.org) runs from 26-29 August: highlights include an installation in Ramsgate Harbour which will bring a 65-year-old steam tug back to life through sound, and the 1950s 22-seat Vintage Mobile Cinema.

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  26. Can anyone remember a tall thin teacher with a hitler type mustache that taught during the 40s and 50s I think he taught french, maybe latin? He was a very nice man.

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    1. Mr Emery perhaps? Rumoured to have worked with the French resistance during WWII and also once held the British 3 mile record.

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    2. Yes that is correct, he did work with the french, I remember he wrote it all down and gave the transcript to my late father who kept it in a safe.
      I remeber the bank that it was in was on The High Street
      This was in the early 60s of corse

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    4. Sorry 2.26 your comment appeared potentially libellous, perhaps you could rephrase it?

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      A British Engineer has just started his own business in Afghanistan.

      He's making land mines that look like prayer mats.

      It's doing well.

      He says prophets are going through the roof.


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    6. That is a good one, did you make it up?

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    7. so funny i laffed and laffed
      told it to me mates, thay said it was funny too

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    8. 3:17 You really do take 11+ failure bitterness and perceived class divide to a new low level.

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    9. I too thought it was amusing, 2.59pm msut have a very limited sense of what is amusing and what is not! However to each his own.

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  27. What is the average daily temprature Ramsgate in july,
    Can I expect warmth, and dry conditions?

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    1. In England, you're having a laugh, mate.

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    2. Well then what should I expect?
      Will I need winter apparal?

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    3. Suggest a wet suit and a 'kiss me quick' funny hat. That way you cover all Ramsgate possibilities!

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    4. A sensible answer would be welcomed!

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    5. Well you could try trainers, dirty track suit bottoms, a West Ham supporters shirt and a fag dangling from your lower lip then you would really blend it well. It helps to be on the obese side as well.

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    6. Well I see the IQ of people here is of typical British people.
      No wonder they needed help in WW2

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    7. Not for the first three years they didn't. The Yanks only came in, as in the 1st World War, after they decided which side was winning.

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    8. My god why don't you research things before you spout off great inaccuracies you MORAN.
      Where do you think you got planes ammo and other war material from...IDIOT
      Ever hear of the lend lease act. RETARD

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    9. Bravo my man!

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    10. I apologise for my country men, thank you USA for saving us.

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    11. My humble apologies for I forgot Errol Flynn drove the Japs out of Burma single handed and never even knew that all those Spitfires and Hurricanes that won the Battle of Britain came from the US of A. You live and learn.

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    12. What is a moran? Not a word I encountered at a grammar school!

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    13. Our thanks to all the American airman at Manston AFB for protecting our shores during ww2.
      And to all the airman that lost their lives on bombing missions, and to the USA for transporting food and supplies in slow liberty ships to our shores, we in the UK thank you.
      God bles the USA for helping us in our hour of need.
      And to Winson for asking USA for help

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    14. To find out what a moron is please look in mirror

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    15. The word used was moran, check back to comment at 11:22, so I suggest you learn to spell before insulting others. Also, 11:13, the Americans were not at Manston during World War II, they came there after the war.

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  28. Saw USA president on TV, so sunny in Washington...
    Remined me of Ramsgate in the summer..I think it's on a sunday this year.

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  29. Let it snow I say!

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  30. Hard to say because Chatham House is now in a federation with Clarendon House and, as such,is no longer a single sex school. I can think of some chaps of my time who would be highly motivated by that change whilst others might lament the passing of a traditional boys only establisment.

    The calibre of students is probably much the same, far more in todays world go on to university though perhaps those of yesteryear grew up faster thanks to National Service. Difficult really to compare different times, leastways in trying to decide whether today's youngest are of the same calibre as those that went before. They probably are but face different challenges.

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