Yesterday, during a GCSE Media Studies exam, I saw a half-caste kid with corn rows using an actual hankerchief. Sod integration, that must be a true sign of the breakdown of culural barriers. How often do you ever see hankerchiefs anymore let alone on a teenage kid who's a bit black? Poor lad had it out every few minutes, so snotty was he. I decided that his embrace of extinct British culture was so impressive that I was quite taken with him by the end of the exam. But then bear in mind there isn't much to do during those hours of sitting.
That is, apart from today. It was the year 10 Welsh exam. A few were doing the proper course having taken it for GCSE but the vast majority of the sports hall had a short course inflicted upon them that was worth a measly half a GCSE. As you can imagine they weren't exactly putting much effort in concentrating. A few didn't even both filling out the exam paper, some others just doodled all over it. I was regularly asked when they could leave and keeping them quiet was something of a challenge. Thing is I can completely understand why they were getting agitated. Rather than keeping them quiet, the bigger task was keeping my face straight. The kids had been really good the whole week, they were only acting up because they couldn't give a shit about the exam. And who can blame them. The whole thing was hilarious. It does go to show that no matter what the Welsh Assembly and Welsh enthusiasts may harp on about, even Welsh kids couldn't give a rat's about being Welsh.
But, yeah, round my way all the comprehensive non-church schools are rough and scary places. I thought this was true of all schools but NO. Cardiff High is pretty nice school, though very large. The teachers are damn nice to them as well. When one kid turned up late he had a teacher saying gently to him, 'now take your time, get your breath and start when you're ready'. Not at my school I can tell you. Woah betide anyone who dares put their precious league table points at risk.
And on a completely separate note. I hate, abhor, abominate, deprecate, revile, despise, detest, deplore, execrate, loathe, hate, hate, hate, hate packing. RRRrrrrr!