"Our side is mainly barbarian, bossed by Chinese burns and half nelsons."
Rough and tumble was the order of the day in the boys' playground. Chinese burns were painful twists of the skin around the arms; the half nelson was a wrestling lock where one hand is passed under one arm of the opponent and locked at the neck. Serious fights were rare - these always attracted crowds around the scrummage, creating a natural ring while the crowd shouted 'Fight!' 'Fight!', egging the boys on. The effect, though, would be to alert the teachers and real fights were quickly brought to a stop, with both boys getting 'six of the best' with the strap for their troubles.