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I was sixteen and I was off to join the RAF as an Aircraft Apprentice, and sexually speaking, ! I was terrified, but more terrified of showing fear, so I went at him like a windmill.
Of course, my love-life wasn’t over, but the opportunities for adventure were very few and very far between as I scrabbled my way up through the service to become a pilot. They would say because it was a cultural imperative and ‘everyone else was doing it’. He simply dotted my nose bloody and then easily knocked me down with a second blow.
Suffice it to say that I have had a very bad couple of days and nights with the memories that the bloody book dredged up.
Yet these are mainly pertaining to the first part of the book, where Renton concentrates mainly on the coldness and the cruelties of that dreadful system.
The attitudes of some of the teachers and these being abetted by the parents involved, and ultimately, by the law of the land, are laid bare.
I never had an adult sexual contact at my prep, or my later boarding-grammar school; but there was plenty of sexual activity between the boys, including with younger ones. Only one senior boy, during my time at B—–, actually forced a junior boy and he was beaten up so badly that he had to leave.With his permission it is now turned into a book review and a memoir of Mike’s own experience of school life in the not-so-distant, but very different, era of the British .On a personal note, I might add that the author of the book under review emailed me about 18 months ago as part of his research. He made some reference to wanting “another voice on the culture” of boarding schools, even though he knew I had not attended one as a boy.It’s very sad, but it’s very satisfying for all of his kids and the family and family of fans all over the world to know that if he would have survived, he would be such an advocate for awareness.He was the Los Angeles frontman for United Cerebral Palsy because his brother Tom has cerebral palsy.
Unbeknown to him, however, I did teach and live, briefly, at Ardingly College, a residential school attended by Private Eye editor and Have I Got News for You star Ian Hislop.