Apropos Anvar Alikhan’s item on “bathroom wit” in Oxford loos (Oxford Diary, Mar 12), I remember the graffiti I saw in an Oxford loo in the ’60s: “No matter how you dance or how much you shake, the last drop is still going to fall on your trousers.” Truer words were never etched!
yawn... so he knows the uk well... so what? i didn't even read after the second sentence. reminded me of studying in school that columbus "discovered" america.
".....Margot Asquith, author of probably the singlemost elegant insults in history: when Jean Harlow, the Hollywood sex symbol of the ’30s, persistently mispronounced her name as “Margott”, she apparently turned to her and said, “No, no, my dear, the T is silent. As in Harlow.”
Absoluely priceless.Class shows even when one is not in the best of moods.
"... five are earmarked for India (32 for the US, 11 for Canada, 10 for southern Africa and nine for Australia: there’s obviously a logic to this, but one wonders what it is)."
Obviously, not based on population. May be GDP but more likely on the "scholarship" capabilities in these countries. Of course the US would be the highest - today they have the best research and scholarly output whether fueled by waves of new immigrants or whatever but the culture and environment for research and scholarship exists.
"..... and academic/cricket scholar Boria Majumdar."
This must have been before he became a regular fixture on Times Now and competes with Arnab on who can shout the loudest where even if the point is scholarly the noise drowns it and at least my peanut brain can't absorb it.
"Maybe the Rhodes Committee needs to relook at its allocations, in the light of the new, emerging world order. In any case, of last year’s 83 scholars, I’m told, 13 were of Indian origin—including about one-fifth of the US quota."
Why? Indians and persons of Indian origin are very different. It is a testament to also that it is not about race, color, etc. That it is by and large about merit. To be expected as the US provides that culture of excellence and environment for scholarly research.
One concludes from this diary that whether the weathered wit has wit(hered)?
Hilarious line in an Oxford men's room: “Anyone interested in time travel meet me here last Thursday.” Very enjoyable read.
Sorry, please ignore my multiple post.
Indira Gandhi only 'went' to Oxford. She never studied there. Her son Rajiv similarly 'went' to Imperial College. The word 'went' in the Gandhi family's lexicon means ' Either dropped out or was kicked out for failing all the courses'.
There was a real-life Alice ?
That was in the '30s. Today you don't call a harlot a harlot. They like love being called a slut.
If it is in the loo, you got to draw the line somewhere . She would hardly go the whole hog smelling piss.
Not only Rhodes , Rhodes scholars too seem have tendency to be misogynistic. Bill almost gave away an empire for Monica , the sweet sixteen.
So what do Rhodes scholars go on to do in life? They become President of the United States ( Bill Clinton ) , nasalise desirabilty of legalising gay sex on Indian TV ( Sagarika Ghosh ) , or try the impossible to outshout Arnab Goswami whether Tendulkar should retire or not ( Boria Majumder ). There is an extreme case who would order us Indian wogs to get going @ ` 32 / per day ( Montek Singh Ahlualia ) .
Rhodes Scholars are a curious lot. Google it , you may come up with many more interesting cases.
>> Indira Gandhi only 'went' to Oxford. She never studied there.
Per Wikipedia, she did "study" there, but never got a degree
Subsequently, she went to England and sat for the University of Oxford entrance examination, but she failed, and spent a few months at Badminton School in Bristol, before passing the exam in 1937 and enrolling at Somerville College, Oxford where she never finished her degree.
It should be 'pleasently' not peasently in 2D above.
Peasently surprised to know that Indira Gandhi is an Oxford product.
Indira Gandhi only 'went' to Oxford. She never studied there. Just like how her son Rajiv 'went' to Imperial College. The word 'went' in the context of education in the Gandhi family lexicon actually means 'failed all courses and either dropped out or got kicked out'.
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