Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The state of education

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39409.757593.94 (Published 03 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:48
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

    I swivelled our student flat’s television aerial (a wire coat hanger) and called the Sunday evening odds: “Songs of Praise, Poldark, David Copperfield episode 65 (will it ever end?), or That’s Life? Sod it, let’s play cards.” We had no money so it was forfeit based gambling: cooking oil and curry powder. We supped our sickly home brew, made with twice the recommend sugar in an amateurish attempt to increase the alcohol content. Always the evenings descended into argument: Northern Ireland, the class divide, …

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