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AUCKLAND, Sunday: Paul Catmur – at his dry mediocre best in these two back-to-school clips from today’s Herald on Sunday column (scroll down for the link) …

One summer I decided I’d had enough of learning stuff. I couldn’t see any point in staying in the hateful, grey world of British schooling any longer than necessary. I had a motorbike and mates but was in desperate need of money to buy the petrol and beer on which they run.

A year is a spectacularly long time at 17. What’s the point of being a penniless schoolboy when you could be living in a medical facility in Germany taking experimental drugs and being paid for it for a change? Only a fool would pass up on such an opportunity, so the rational decision was obviously to leave school a year early.

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