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The Bucket of Filth – How Private Schools Breach Employment Rights

Cognita Quinton House School O, but they say the tongues of dying menEnforce attention like deep harmony:Where words are scarce, they are seldom spent in vain,For they breathe truth that breathe their words in pain. I’m presently dying of colorectal … Continue reading

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The Scrubs

I was at Wormwood Scrubs for three months. It was at the same time Ricky Tomlinson was a prisoner. Victorian institutional buildings have a character, but not one that appeals. The Scrubs was painted a typical institutional green, a colour … Continue reading

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Crime Wave

There’s something about me and traffic wardens… I parked in the patrolled car park yesterday, put my money in the machine and ended up with no ticket and no money back. I told the lady behind me about the problem, … Continue reading

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The Paraffin Man

When I was a lad I had a friend, Robert, whose dad was the paraffin man. The paraffin man drove his lorry from street to street and customers would take out their paraffin cans for a refill. On the back … Continue reading

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Seen

Mr. Traylen was one of those black and white headmasters. There was praise or the cane and nothing in between. He saw it as his duty, to paraphrase Bentham, “to cane rogues honest”. In Mr Traylen’s eyes the Irish were … Continue reading

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The Skin and Bone Man

“When I were a lad, there where people who came round with their horse and cart buying scrap metal and old clothes. “Rag! Bone!,” they would shout. Rag and Bone men, they were called. You’d take your dad’s best suit … Continue reading

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Imagine Characters

“What are you doing in my house?” “What do you mean?” “I mean, what are you doing in my house?” “What are you doing with that poker?” “I’m defending myself.” “From what?” “From you?” “But I’m not threatening you?” “You’re … Continue reading

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Until the Sea Gives up its Dead

“Damn, what have we caught there?” asked Jamie, the youngest crew member. Jack had seen it all before. Tangled in the ticklers and, therefore not quite inside the net, was a body. Even as it came out of the water, … Continue reading

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On the Buses

“Scum! scum! scum1” shouted the students. “Give them a few years and they’ll all be Tories,” said Uncle Joe. “F***ing students.” It was noticeable that the students were all white and led by a cheerleader. They stood away from the … Continue reading

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B****red

“Carry on with your meal.” The staff had put down their cutlery when the Minister entered the kitchen. Harris, the butler, rose to his feet. “As you know, we have an important meeting this weekend,” the Minister continued, “and I’m … Continue reading

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