Thursday, August 25, 2011

Caesar ipse!

Here the late Mr Jarry, my Latin master at St Albans School, appears to be instructing Brooker in the art of declension. An excellent and inspiring master but the extraordinary thing about this picture, apart from being both wonderfully focused and actually having being taken anyway at huge risk of detention or worse (remember - this is 1966, no small digital snaps!) it has captured the single chalk Caesar on the board. It was traditional in Jarry's classes, to cough, splutter or generally make noise whenever that name was uttered or written. On the rare occasion of a Caesar ipse being uttered then there would be a veritable eruption of noise, much to Jarry's bemusement. I like to think he never caught on.

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