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Cocktails with the headmaster

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7283.439/a (Published 17 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:439
  1. Kevin Barraclough, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    We circled each other warily, clutching our canapés to ward off evil. My wife and I had been summoned to a party at our daughter's new school. We were there to swell the numbers and generally enhance the sense of collective smugness that would tempt other parents into stumping up the fees. We drifted, largely ignored, in a sea of the moneyed middle class. We were, I suppose, semi-interesting flotsam buffeted in the heavy …

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