Forty-eight years ago, a maths teacher pulled me — an eight-year-old pupil at Ashdown House boarding school — to his chest while he pushed his hand down the front of my corduroy shorts. It wasn’t wholly a surprise. I knew this could happen with Mr Keane, and that it was best to submit. He was violent: he liked to grab ears as well as penises, and would occasionally throw children who had annoyed him down the short flight of stairs that led from his classroom to the next.
Twilight is swift near the equator. As the cloud castles on the western horizon turn a tandoori red, the children are hurrying the goats into the thorn enclosure that keeps them from the leopards. A Masai elder passes on the path up the hill, striding easily into the slope. His purple plaid wraps him from shoulders to knees; there's a long-bladed spear in his left hand, a furled umbrella is strapped to his back. With his free hand he is busy with a mobile phone. He looks up to nod a greeting.
I am a son of the stiff upper lip class, the establishment that has run Britain for 200 years. Our code says that we don’t complain, we bear our troubles lightly, we grin when all seems lost and if, at last, our cool-headed perseverance sees us through to victory, we don’t make too much fuss about it. Our role models include Captain Scott of the Antarctic, Queen Boudicca of the Iceni, General Gordon of Khartoum and the dour Yorkshire cricketer Geoffrey Boycott: heroic failures are us.
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