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Thursday, 29 October 2009
A Cinematic Interlude: The Happiest Days Of Your Life
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Watch Alastair Sim, and Margaret Rutherford, and Joyce Grenfell here. 

"Give the boy who wrote his name there fifty lines."

Thus the Headmaster, noting the recently-disturbed, or grenfellated, dust.

To attend a school where the Masters were sure of themselves, and education was not confused with  vocational training. To live in a world where, if a boy wrote his name in the dust, he could be "given fifty lines."

Horace? Catullus? Ovid? Or something, perhaps, once thought to be more  character-building, stoic sententiae from Seneca, or lines by Virgil on nation-founding, or some sturdy standby from Caesar's Gallic Wars

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Posted on 10/29/2009 9:00 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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