The fuel may be odourless - but the gravy definitely stinks

"Now, children, we are going to listen to something interesting on BBC For Schools. Listen carefully. No talking. I am going out for ten minutes."

Miss Ethel Floyd peered over her spectacles. Not another word was necessary to produce silence. A large wooden loudspeaker was wheeled into the room, passing Miss Floyd on her way out, rummaging in her handbag for her packet of Gold Flake. The scene is Riverhead County Primary School, Kent. Dateline: 1947.

The lesson was, in truth, way above our nine

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