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222              Higgledy-Piggledy

Oxford and Cambridge

The dons are too busy educating the young men to be
able to teach them anything.


There is a higher average of good cooking at Oxford and
Cambridge than elsewhere. The cooking is better than
the curriculum. But there is no Chair of Cookery, it is
taught by apprenticeship in the kitchens.

Perseus and St. George

These dragon-slayers did not take lessons in dragon-
slaying, nor do leaders of forlorn hopes generally rehearse
their parts beforehand. Small things' may be rehearsed,
but the greatest are always do-or-die, neck-or-nothing

Specialism and Generalism

Woe to the specialist who is not a pretty fair generalist,
and woe to the generalist who is not also a bit of a specialist.

Silence and Tact

Silence is not always tact and it is tact that is golden, not


Professional truth-tellers may be trusted to profess that
they are telling the truth.

Street Preachers

These are the costermongers and barrow men of the re-
ligious world.