“Washing machines and tumble driers also help keep them grounded”

Some of you might enjoy/enjoy being horrified by this from The Telegraph. Interesting on the ‘quiet confidence’ which I know has been a topic of interest on the discussion page lately. Also note that ““School life is an incredible smorgasbord that is on offer from 7.30 in the morning until at least 7.30 in the evening,” heaven forfend anyone have a free moment to reflect on not enjoying the beagles and herpetology club quite as much as they should…http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/expateducation/11350113/Boarding-school-life-snake-care-beagle-packs-and-polo.html

“After some gentle torture…”

Following on from Earl Spencer’s comments last week, the Daily Mail gives us the creeps with this remarkable article from William Sitwell. Apparently he and his friend were not traumatised at all by being beaten etc at the boarding school.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2898177/Daily-thrashings-teacher-called-Uncle-Adolf-s-call-education-Earl-Spencer-says-prep-school-hell-fellow-pupil-begs-differ.html

“cold and unpleasant place”

another one of these “someone famous says they wished they hadn’t been to boarding school” articles, this time its Earl Spencer. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2894655/Diana-s-brother-Earl-Spencer-says-wishes-d-gone-state-school-instead-cold-unpleasant-boarding-school-boys-regularly-caned.html

No massive surprises here, though we might wonder why this story is classed under ‘femail’, as if the merest mention of Princess Diana renders this a lesser female-only interest article…