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  • I am a convent school girl at heart.

    Now now… just WHAT have you understood by that?

    Being a convent school girl meant single-sex education among dedicated women.
    Dedicated not just to their God (married, indeed, to the Saviour) but to EXCELLENCE.

    Excellence that we girls were expected to achieve. That we were honed for. And the honing, at times, was not without pain.

    With all that academic sweat, with all those gym-slipped girls, in that ambience of linen-fold panelling and cloisters and chapel, the last thing I certainly had on my mind was SEX.

    Which, in a certain way, made me singularly ill-adapted for later life.

    Because MEN, for me, are nothing so much as GIRLS with… yes… an extra appendage or two but fundamentally MATES. With the saving grace that the conversation will never ever encompass Tampax as a subject – which aside is one that some men, certainly no mates of mine, have permitted themselves to enounce. And they’ve lived to regret it.

    For me then, men are people to joss with. People who give me a different slant on things.

    I am afraid I’m no girly-girl.

    But, Praise be, as I get older, I see fewer and fewer of them about.

    Image: me, aged eighteen, just after GCE 'A' levels: my entrance to University life.
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