Ian McMillan: chapter and verse
When I first went to North Staffordshire Polytechnic in 1974 to ‘read’ (as they say on University Challenge) Modern Studies, it was quite a revelation to meet people from mysterious places like the Midlands and the South and the Far North. There was a curly-haired lad from Egremont in Cumbria, a place I’d never heard of, and there was somebody who came, as he memorably said on the first night of Freshers’ Week, ‘from a little manor just off the Mile End Road.’ I realised, almost straight away, that by ‘manor’ he didn’t mean ‘manor house’.
All these places seemed impossibly glamorous to me,... read more
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