Tag Archives: Snobbery

Toxic snobbery at Trinity College, Cambridge: 1970s

Coleridge [was] invited by the master [of the college] to a meet-and-greet for the alumni of “top public schools” where champagne is served. It transpires there are two more parties, the second for those from lesser public schools and grammars, … Continue reading

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Dorothy Thompson’s Christmas Card list

Dorothy frowned and said she simply couldn’t forgive him [Hobsbawn] for accepting the Companion of Honour: ‘OK for an actor or entertainer, but absolutely not for serious, critical intellectual work – I’m afraid I had to strike him off my … Continue reading

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Stella

I wasn’t embarrassed even though it was embarrassing She refused to play with the other children and Said, “They’re too stupid to play with!” In her piercing voice. I smiled a little smile, an uncomfortable smile Then she said, “It’s … Continue reading

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Toxic English Snobbery: 1950s Cricket

“Worcester and England leg- spinner Roly Jenkins [had] a flippant attitude towards the amateur*…. had produced a well-written piece on spin bowling. Walter Robbins, a class- conscious autocrat who found it inconceivable that a mere professional could be so erudite, … Continue reading

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