I'm a state school kid who always found Molesworth bollock bustingly funny. Oxy, I hereby award you these stars and the Mrs Joyful Prize for Raffia Work
Govesworth he sa GCSEs to become tougher, chiz
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To my shame, I have only just read this thread which must surely become one for the archives.
Being a geriatric old twat, I grew up with these books and re-reading them (and particularly the cartoon) had me, literally (and I mean literally literally) crying with laugnhter.
Like many others here, I went to a local council school but then was lucky to get an 11+ scholarship to a local "direct grant" school. This was essentially an independent public school (50% were boarders) but which also took local day boys, a proportion of them being (like me) scholarship kids.
This was wonderful for me. I had the freedom of a day-boy, the comforts of home but also the benefits of an excellent school which was buzzing 24/7 and an insight into the lives of the boarders - as portrayed brilliantly by Geoffrey Willans and perfectly illustrated by Ronald Searle.
Just a note: if you're going to try to emulate Geoffrey Willans' prose style (not quite as easy as it looks) you need to stick to his idosynchratic spelling which was always consistent. The writing doesn't really work otherwise.
It's a lovely post as any fule who no Molesworth no. Someone should try and do a William political pastiche. As for the rest it's a bit Times Educational Supplememt and so is the one about 2 year olds etc. So am sulking
I agree with nick - there seems to be a depressing outbreak of intelektuals here.
And while we're being intellectual (or, I suppose, more accurately, academic) it's "kno" not "no". I told you it was important; any fule kno that.
At one time, someone in Private Eye did do a regular and rather brilliant pastiche along those lines, reporting from the chamber of the House of Commons. Can someone remind me who the writer was please?
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