Travelling by taxi through Leeds city centre, the driver nodded at the late night ravers and revellers and said: “Students. Every night is party night.”
An unprepossessing spectacle.
Since time immemorial, students have indulged in high jinks but, in past times, they also engaged in endearing acts of derring-do.
One pays homage, for example, to those stegophiles who honed their night climbing skills from the campanile at Trinity College, Dublin to “the tottering tower” (the O’Hara pinnacle) at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Indeed, many a flag-planting prankster went on to serve his country with distinction – not least on the battlefield.
Admirable eccentrics whose joie de vivre makes their inebriated, latter-day counterparts seem insipid in comparison.
Scottish ex-pats’ homing instinct
From: Terry Duncan, Greame Road, Bridlington.
Already, the battle for Scotland is on. I have just looked up Caledonian societies worldwide.Ex-pats are planning to buy mobile homes so they can register as residents.
They recommend that Scottish ex-pats from all over the world contact their embassies to set up a home in Scotland so they can vote on behalf of the people of Scotland to be divorced from the UK.
From: David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Holgate, York.
Living in 2013 Britain is like being on the Titanic. Ever more nonsensical orders come down from the bridge to those in the engine room, who are already ankle deep in ever rising water.
Wage of reason
From: JB Bryant, Keighley.
Bill Adams of the TUC (Yorkshire Post, November 15) promotes the living wage of £7.65 but fails to put his union’s position on differentials.