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The daily (t)witterings - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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The daily (t)witterings
  • 17:53 Ed Balls? Swallows and Amazons? There's several blue jokes in that to be mined and refined. #
  • 21:51 Summat must be done w/r/t abysmal maths / economics education, lest next generation qualify for no job save Chancellor #
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fpb From: fpb Date: November 4th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)

reckoning

21:51: Tell me about it. I do a little volunteer work in a charity shop, and there was a colleague there who was already giving me concerns. A few days ago, I took my mother (who was visiting to help her daughter, who also lives here, with my nephew, as it was half-term) to see this place, and we made a few purchases - and the young lady, left unfortunately alone at the till, proved conclusively that she was literally incapable of elementary reckoning. She could not subtract eleven from twelve; not even handle the keyboard of the till itself, which anyone with a calculator ought to be able to do. Now tell me how on God's green earth it can be that a pleasant enough, willing enough young woman can have got to adulthood (she is about eighteen) in that condition; and what it is going to do to her in the future when she has to set up a household budget, if nothing else. I came out of the shop in a rage, almost yelling to my mother how I could line up every damned politician in this country and hang them with piano wire.
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