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Monday, July 21, 2003
 
NEVER GO OFF THE GROG

See what happens to you? Deep, deep bitterness.

Unc, I write to stridently dispute your suggestion that Australia's finest historian, Prof Manning Clark, is a "Duffer".

Back in 1979 I was fortunate enough to be doing my HSC at a school that, on occasion, was proud to operate under the lustrous sobriquet of "Manning Clark's Alma Mater". During that final school year we were honoured to be graced by the great man's presence. This momentous occasion was a passing out speech night where he was to extol to/for us the doubtless virtues of Australia's lush historical history. And old things.

It was a long and considered address. And entirely deserving of the passing out label. I therefore suggest to you that Prof M.C is not, in fact, a "Duffer" as you suggest, but a plain and simple, "Boring Old C**t"

Cheers
Tony the Teacher - a presently grogless blogger.