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Dumfries Academy

My secondary school career lasted five years culminating in SCE Higher Grade in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English and Russian - I also studied Art, but failed.
When Aug 31, 1967 to
Jul 30, 1972
Where Dumfries, Scotland
Reflection: The experience of the tawse, and especially the effect on my friend, not only cemented an opposition to corporal punishment, but set in train a critique of the system itself.

I also played rugby, the french horn, sang in the choir and dabbled in the debating society.

My strongest memory is of being reported by a prefect for talking in prayers (hadn't started, so I thought it OK). I was strapped on the hand with a tawse, as was my friend who then proceeded to faint in the playground as we made our way to the next lesson. Suffering from blood pressure issues, the tawse had triggered a physiological reaction.

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Lewis Carroll describes a fictional map that had:

"the scale of a mile to the mile."

A character notes some practical difficulties with such a map and states that:

"we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well."
— Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, Lewis Carroll, 1893

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