"Toffs and Toughs" - The famous photo by Jimmy Sime that illustrates the class divide in pre-war Britain, 1937 - [1280x931]


The cane is element of the educational college uniform? Exactly what the hell... That could never ever work now. The cane would be probably used as a weapon. We think you have misunderstood. The cane is important ...



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  • The cane is part of the school uniform? What the hell...
  • That would never work now. The cane would be most likely used as a weapon.
  • I think you've misunderstood. The cane is essential to the uniform precisely because somebody needs to show the toughs what's what.
  • Like a horse whip in earlier times.
  • I think it was meant to be a weapon back then too. To thrash insolent peasants with.
  • Swing from the hips and put your weight into it, Phillip, you hardly knocked any of that vagrant's teeth out.
  • There are actually 'proto-martial arts' from that period and earlier that used walking sticks in their arsenal. Techniques included things like using an opponents jacket, waistcoat, bowler hat etc against them.
  • Why would the martial arts be "proto" ? Martial arts have been around since 3400 BC
  • Poor wording sorry - didn't meant Kung Fu etc. More the 19th c Western practice of 'martial arts' - hybrids of pugilism and stuff like this: http://touch.artofmanliness.com/all/2009-01-05-bartitsu-gentlemen
  • I recall them mentioning in Harry Potter that they were part of Dudley's uniform and specifically for whacking each other when the teacher wasn't looking.
  • Good ol' Smeltings
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