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MartinII
61-69, M
United Kingdom
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6 Mths Active
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1st Mth of SW
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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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2 days ago
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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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3 days ago
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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
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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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12 replies
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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.
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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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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.
61-69, M
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Oct 30, 2016
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I Love Good Beer
I went to the Great British Beer Festival today. As well as hundreds of British beers there were, for my European friends on SW, excellent draught beers from Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic. Sadly, Denmark was represented only in bottles.
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Aug 11, 2016
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I Have a Suggestion for Similar Worlds
Notifications. At the moment the only notifications I get are of additions to threads to which I have contributed. I get no notifications of new stories in groups of which I am a member, nor of new activity by members of my circle. This means a lot o...
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May 25, 2016
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I Got The Cane At School
At my junior school (age 8-11, the lower school of a leading boys' grammar school), all misdemeanours were punishable with a detention. Four detentions in one term meant the cane. The first time a member of my class was up for the cane was, I t...
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May 20, 2016
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I Got The Cane At School
Well, actually I didn't, but I thought I was going to. I was 10 or 11 and I was caught out of bounds during the lunch break. The mistress who caught me sent me to stand outside the head's study. I thought she was going to ask the headmistre...
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24 replies
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May 18, 2016
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