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The poor college can’t help it. It can only carry on functioning if it sucks up to employers, and charges the same for a five-week course that it used to charge for 10 weeks. What bad luck that my friend Mrs Fielding works there. The course she teaches on Byzantine studies is for the chop, together with classical mythology, Shakespeare, poetry, drama, arts and crafts, and anything else that keeps the brain going or brings us pleasure, because that sort of stuff does not attract a demographic that pays. “They’re turning us into a nation of greedy, acquisitive yobs,” says Mrs Fielding bitterly, as all her dreams wither away

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