“The ludicrous side to Dartford Tech was its pretensions to being a public school … The prefects had little gold tassels on their caps; there was an East House and a West House. It was trying to recapture a lost world, as if the war hadn’t happened, of cricket, cups and prizes, schoolboy glory. All of the masters were totally substandard, but they were still aiming for this ideal as if it were Eton or Winchester, as if it were the ‘20s or ‘30s or even the 1890s."
“I had heard rumors, which turned out to be unfounded, that a Keith Richards wing had been opened, without my permission, at Dartford Tech. I was preparing to go by helicopter and daub expelled on the roof”