To those whose results are published in The Times today, well done and I hope you did as well as you wished. I rather like the thought of being labelled ‘Competent’ etc. When I did Bar Finals it was graded like a University exam and I got a Desmond, which was a good result. I was marshalling when the results came out and my ‘friends’ who were supposed to ring me went out drinking instead, leaving me waiting. I refused to drink the Champagne the Judges had got on ice for me until the Butler (yes, really) came in with a message he had ‘taken from a rather drunk young gentleman who informs me he is certain of its accuracy, sir’.
The last I remember of the evening was my Judge going to bed, leaving me playing snooker with another resident/inmate of the lodgings with more stamina. The cue appeared to be curved about 60 degrees. I am certain that this was real and in no way attributable to drink. I was given the next morning off…
For those who have less than 3 weeks to go before Summer Season offers can be made, I wish you all good luck. Soon some – I hope all – of you will be flushed with success and dizzy with excitement. You will do as I did: go out with your mates, get pissed, ring home and fail entirely to recognise your own mother’s voice – insisting that she is someone else. Or something like that.
When you have calmed down and sobered up do me a favour. Let me know what (if anything) I have suggested has worked for you. And let me know your thoughts on the OLPAS form and how it could be improved.
I have not forgotten the posts required. But I am waiting to see if I can offer rather more practical help than has previously been possible. That may not eventuate in which case I will tell you why not. I am not being deliberately cryptic – merely discrete. It is an unusual feeling.