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MartinII
61-69, M
United Kingdom
Days Active
9 Mths Active
Join Time
1st Mth of SW
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20 Stories
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500 Comments
I Love Music
I am looking for a piece of music to end a funeral, to be played while the mourners leave. Something reasonably positive and uplifting. Not too jolly, obviously, but not too sombre either - the deceased was a cheerful soul. Classical or popular. I wo...
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Mar 20, 2017
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I Think The Cane Should Be Bought Back Into The School System
Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. This is from a recent biography of Clement Attlee, British Prime Minister from 1945 to 1951: "Attlee joined his fellow schoolboys in a protest against the headmaster for his failure to grant a pu...
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20 replies
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Feb 9, 2017
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I School Caning
Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. This is from a recent biography of Clement Attlee, British Prime Minister from 1945 to 1951: "Attlee joined his fellow schoolboys in a protest against the headmaster for his failure to grant a pu...
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61-69, M
3 replies
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Feb 9, 2017
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I Remember Life Before the Internet
Do you believe that the internet has, on balance, been a good thing or a bad thing? Please give reasons. Thank you.
61-69, M
4 replies
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Feb 9, 2017
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Why be secretive?
Why, I wonder, do many members keep their friends and their replies private?
61-69, M
15 replies
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Jan 21, 2017
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I Love Chatting Online
A good SW friend of mine, with whom I have chatted every few days for the last six months, has just closed her account - and without saying goodbye. Sad. I do hope nothing bad has happened to her.😥
61-69, M
4 replies
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Jan 20, 2017
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I Believe In Corporal Punishment
A report in today's papers says that three boys from the same school in northern England have committed suicide in the last year, apparently as a result of bullying. In my day, if a boy was found bullying at school he was caned. There wasn...
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5 replies
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Jan 17, 2017
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I Witnessed Corporal Punishment At School
Or in this case, the immediate aftermath. In my third year at secondary school I had a small part in the school play, which that year was "The Scottish Play". Rehearsals took place after school, and one afternoon the rest of us were kept w...
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6 replies
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Jan 16, 2017
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I Love Music
On the concourse at St Pancras station in London there are two pianos, which anyone can play. A wonderful idea, I think. When I was there this morning to catch a train, a young lady was playing, from memory and very well, a classical piece - Chopin p...
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Jan 8, 2017
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I Love Opera
It may be a minority taste, but well worth the effort for anyone who likes music, of any kind. I love Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and many others.
61-69, M
3 replies
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Dec 29, 2016
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I Despise Terrorists
And today I am thinking of the people of Berlin.
61-69, M
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Dec 20, 2016
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I 60's Canings
I just walked out to post some Christmas cards and overheard a boy, perhaps 13 or 14, explaining rather nervously to his mother why he had been excluded from a woodwork class. I know what he'd have got at school in my day. I wonder what was in s...
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Dec 15, 2016
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I Love Films
A happy 100th birthday today to the great Kirk Douglas.
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Dec 9, 2016
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I Received Corporal Punishment At School
Aged about 10 or 11, during a lunch break I was caught by a teacher, Miss Moran, in a part of the school playing fields that was strictly out of bounds. To make matters worse, when she asked me what I was doing I said something wet, like "Nothin...
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Dec 5, 2016
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I Love Chatting Online
By contrast to a post in this group 20 minutes or so ago, I DO. I'll chat with anyone who's real and polite. Why not? If we don't get on, we can stop.
61-69, M
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Nov 21, 2016
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I Believe In Corporal Punishment
At my first school, aged 8, I and the girl who sat next to me were caught playing a stupid game during a lesson. We didn't receive a specific punishment, but were given a severe dressing down by the headmistress and were humiliated by our class ...
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Nov 21, 2016
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I Believe In Corporal Punishment
I was intrigued by pictures today of a young woman receiving a public caning in Indonesia. Leaving aside the bizarre nature of the "offence" for which she was being punished, it seemed that she was caned on her back. Surely that is cruel an...
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Nov 1, 2016
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I 60's Canings
At my grammar school, if a boy was caned, a notice would be placed on the notice board outside the headmaster's study: "M Smith has been beaten for smoking" or whatever.
61-69, M
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Oct 30, 2016
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I 60's Canings
At my junior school, if you did anything wrong you got a detention (one lady teacher in particular gave detentions for extremely minor things). If you got four detentions in one term you were caned. In my first year I remember a boy in my class burst...
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5 replies
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Oct 30, 2016
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I Love Italy
The church in my avatar is the basilica of San Benedetto in Norcia, birthplace of St Benedict and his sister St Scholastica. It was destroyed by an earthquake this morning.
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2 replies
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Oct 30, 2016
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