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College & OF History: 1975-2000
Into the Third Millennium
Framlingham College...
By John Maulden


Two OFs in the News
The Sunday Telegraph dated 25th February 2007 had an article about the "Cock-up Club" based in the Folly Wine Bar, Petersfield, Hampshire. The club celebrates "curiosity, passion and cock-up". Two OFs, Richard Vaughan-Griffith K60-64 and Charles Blackmore K65-75, were founder members. As both of these are also listed in the Distinguished OFs, you might expect them to have some extreme passion for adventure to qualify. Perhaps they exemplify the description of another great adventurer, Miles Smeeton, who was once described by his commanding officer as "having enormous capacity for getting out of very difficult situations ....... that he perhaps should not have got into in the first place".

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Two OFs in the News
Authored by: Richard Rowe on Sunday, March 04 2007 @ 09:21 AM GMT

Peter Denny G61-66 emailed the following comment:

With reference to the Cock Up Club the derivation of the term \'cock up\' can be
contested as follows:

Although the phrase \'cock-up\' might appear to have come about in a similar way
to \'balls-up\', its origins are actually in beer making. If the batch went bad,
they turned the cock (ie tap, or faucet) up to drain the barrel. However, the
word \'cock\', a Middle and Old English word, is one of the many vulgarities for
the penis. In London, though, Cockneys appear to have both terms in mind when
they say \'Wotcher cock\', which comes from the term \'cock sparrow\'
(pronounced \'sparrah\'). It is a general term for a man, although \'cock sparrow\'
was usually saved for small boys. It has been used for about 300 years.