Heard in a schoolboy conversation on the train to Victoria this morning.

"We've been told we have to do numeracy, what's that?"
"Maths I think!"

The schoolchildren were pretty dire in my day but those between Westgate on Sea and Whitstable any morning would frighten the Iraqi insurgents rather more than the threat of sending in The Black Watch. Posted by Hello

"Give me a child to the age of seven and I will give you the man" - A Jesuit maxim

In the meantime, Margate, has I'm told won its funding to open the new, muli-million Turner Centre on the harbour, the one with no Turner paintings at all. My hairdresser commented that the money would be better spent opening a "Chav" centre, a celebration of all things Chav, decorated in Burberry and which may attract far more visitors to the town than any attempt to celebrate fine art at the reluctant taxpayers' expense. You know what? She's quite right.


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