However its contents certainly resonated; the survival of the fittest was very much de rigeur as a junior in a boarding house. It would be wrong to claim that all was a bed of roses living in hostel as for many it certainly was not.
The Locker Room became a place of dread when certain bullies were on the prowl. I can still remember the names of the worst offenders during my times there and although I received the odd 'ring kick' (which meant receiving a sharp kick in the anus while bending over), others were not so lucky.
Some poor unfortunates were hounded and persecuted throughout their entire third form year with beatings from hockey sticks and even on one occasion, a spiked running shoe.
These activities were not confirmed to my boarding house, they also took place in others. Things reached fever pitch when a national scandal sheet, "The Truth" ran a feature entitled "School Where Boys Walk In Fear". Their focus was on Carrington house goings-on but it had the effect of a major shake-up throughout the boarding houses in the early Sixties.
Bullying broke the spirit of some boys and some left school never to retutn. Others (and I was one of these) were determined not to go down the same path when they became fourth formers, while a few chose to join the ranks of the bullies the following year. I guess in any group of people there will always be the odd sadist and so it proved in our times at school.
I often wondered what happened to these people once they left school? One I know joined the Police force!