Wasn't that an old trick of tipsters at the race track? They would go around the crowd giving surefire tips on the winner of the next race, no obligation, but hey if you win you might want to remember an old pal who gave you the tip with a little something for the road.Reality stranger than fiction dept. I heard of a teacher in Slovakia, where everything was totally corrupted ( and, apart from a cursory nod to EU standards, still is) who told parents that he had contacts at the best university in the country and could guarantee their brat a place in exchange for 1000 Euro or some such. When the student didn't get a place he was highly apologetic...and returned the money ! Everybody was lauding him as a terrifically honest chap and the parents of the few students he did get in were pleased as punch. So, what's the big deal ? He didn't have any contacts at all, just the shrewd knowledge that on a balance of probabilities three or four would get in anyway...3 or four grand for doing **** all ? Yes please !
"Mr Starkie, you have a house in America don't you?" says the little agitprop public schoolgirl who lives in LAThis one?