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BOTD 5/29/16 "No Prospects For Ths Boy?" An Emlyn Production

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David M. Katz

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No Prospects for this Boy?
An Emlyn Production


David Essex, the sometime English pop singer, loved playing football (USA English: soccer) when a boy. He wanted to go to a non-academic school where he knew they played the game.  So he deliberately did not answer any of the questions in the eleven-plus exam for entry into a rugby-playing grammar school.

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I would have whacked him for scuppering his career chances.  

Wouldn't you?


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Y Lee Coyote

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NO.

However, his parents should have been severely beaten for not knowing and understanding the boy's wishes and located a football playing grammar school in advance of the test.

There is always the injury rate consideration as well.

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AFinch

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I agree with Y Lee. But then we're both Yanks....

ivor

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This I definitely a TOWIE situation, but with a one word variation - The Only Whackee is Essex.

(Which will mean very little to US readers)

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Y Lee Coyote

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Google provided the necessary information that was rudely missing in the previous post.  It is referring to some soap opera which is of obvious unimportance.
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ivor

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Y Lee Coyote wrote:Google provided the necessary information that was rudely missing in the previous post.  It is referring to some soap opera which is of obvious unimportance.
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Can't say I understand the need or justification for the adverb in the first sentence, but perhaps I'm having one of those days.

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Jack

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ivor wrote:
Y Lee Coyote wrote:Google provided the necessary information that was rudely missing in the previous post.  It is referring to some soap opera which is of obvious unimportance.
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Can't say I understand the need or justification for the adverb in the first sentence, but perhaps I'm having one of those days.

I'm just going to assume that the adverb was used as a demonstration of the word 'irony' for some reason and let it go at that.


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Y Lee Coyote

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A statement was made that required local background knowledge.  The speaker not only knew this but noted that a significant part of the audience was ignorant of this knowledge without explaining.  One might even say "gloating".

Is there a better word than I used which describes this behavior?

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Emlyn Morgan

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Personally, I always welcome Ivor's puns, and will not say any more on that subject.

Back to the topic, I still think I would have whacked the boy. Any more on topic contributions?

Jack

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Y Lee Coyote wrote:A statement was made that required local background knowledge.  The speaker not only knew this but noted that a significant part of the audience was ignorant of this knowledge without explaining.  One might even say "gloating".

Is there a better word than I used which describes this behavior?

Yes. Almost any other, or better yet, none at all. At the very least, you could thank him for encouraging you to learn something new today, rather than being insulting. Even if you think his behavior rude, you could have given him the benefit of the doubt, that he didn't mean it to be, or didn't have time to offer an explanation. Worst first thinking is seldom helpful.

Emlyn Morgan wrote:Back to the topic, I still think I would have whacked the boy. Any more on topic contributions?

I'm pretty sure I would have as well. No matter what sport he prefers, my job is to help him prepare for his future, not assure he has the best possible time.


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squarecutter

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I think that I would have been fairly cross . We would have gone ovr this on the assumption young David didnt make a rugby team he would have been free to play football in one of the local youth league sides. Not sure whacking him would help though.

Pi Beta

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I'd probably have half-throttled him - especially if he'd not discussed his dislike of the school in question in advance.

Geographically, there may npot have been another grammar school in the area within reach that played soccer rather than rugby and I suspect that the family would not have had the wherewithall to afford to move to an area where the local grammar school (for which he would have been eligible elsewhere in the country if he had passed) was soccer playing.Many grammar schools at that time did tend to ape the big independent schools.

BTW, many years ago I had a work colleague who had been very friendly with David as a youngster - but she ended up with a First Class Honours Degree from Oxford University!

Kat

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Seems little point in whacking him after the fact.

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Iconoclast

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ANY test taker (assuming he knows the answers) is free to mark the questions right or wrong as he chooses, of leave a blank!

Unless he told you, how would you know he deliberately failed the test!

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