This England

The friend, a drama teacher, had her own gimmick: a selection of glove puppets. If a class was unruly, Sooty would appear from behind the teacher's back to shout "b****cks" at the pupils. The teacher, pretending to be outraged, would ask: "What did you say?" A three-way interaction between pupils, teacher and puppet would ensue. Lord Puttnam, who now heads the General Teaching Council, urged the recruitment of out-of-work actors as teachers: "Good teaching is a performance exercise." - Sunday Times (John O'Byrne)

We do agree that the streets of most European cities are far cleaner than Bristol.
[But] come on, the state of the streets in Bristol just adds to the culture of our city. It's modern, it's vibrant, it's now, it's in-your-face, and a bit of rubbish and vomit left on the streets is merely evidence of high spirits and the good times that people have had. - Letter in the Bristol West End News (Francis Harvey)

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This article first appeared in the 24 September 2001 issue of the New Statesman, The war that Bush cannot win