contractual obligation

February 19, 2008 at 6:30 pm | Posted in writing | 17 Comments
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Those of you who know me well will believe that I have been insulted in many languages and accents by people from all walks of life over the years I have traipsed this poor old planet but only two overt castigations have ever stayed with me.

The first was when I was about fifteen and my long suffering Chemistry teacher through whose classes I had doodled and stared out windows had to give me an award for a perfect exam in front of the whole Senior School and staff and as he handed me the certificate he said loud enough for all to hear, “The most over-rated student in the school.” I have never been so proud.

The second was when I was about nineteen and some Classics scholar, President of the Latin and Ancient History Society objected to me leaving the meeting drunk and laughing and with the woman he wanted. “You are a suicidal, degenerate, little worm.” Why, thankyou, and goodnight,

I have blogged. I have arranged some mss. I have written a piece set in The Orchid Room with the pianoplayer half listening to the old man’s discursive remarks on J. B. Priestley, any requests?

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