Adam writes… Years ago, while leading the Old University Quarter walk, I was rather distracted by a London Walker from Athens, Georgia.
We stopped to discuss Birkbeck University, London's great and noble night school, the emblem of which is pictured here…
When I looked back the poor woman had turned the colour of St Paul's sword in the picture above and was clearly having trouble containing her mirth. We both struggled on – me to tell the story, she to compose herself – and when we moved on she burst forth in a snort which very soon became a cough which accelerated alarmingly into something resembling a choking fit.
Turns out that when I had used the phrase "night school", she had looked at the sword and shield and immediately pictured an educational establishment for chivalric endeavour… a KNIGHT school.
"I was fine," she said when she finally composed herself, "until I pictured a man with a suit of armour standing on a busy tube train."
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