Mobab von Hoffman: To be any use, high school teachers would have to be so much better than they [currently] are that it's not even worth considering because it's so implausible. High school is really more like a jail than anything else.
Torgo X: I describe it to people as "the post office meets prison"
Mobab von Hoffman: Yeah.
Torgo X: I sometimes think one should just give people a solid education until 14 and call them back at 20 or so.
Mobab von Hoffman: What would they do in the meantime? Surf?
Torgo X: I dunno. Be mail carriers?
Mobab von Hoffman: OK.
Torgo X: Wow, I just made that up, but it actually sounds pretty good now.
Mobab von Hoffman: Yeah, it does.
«When you have a rail strike, you realise how convenient trains are and how there's no satisfactory replacement. When the post goes on strike, I suspect lots of people will find they hardly need it. Our morning delivery these days is mostly dull. Bills - could be handled by direct debit. Catalogues - you can get them online. Magazines - find them at the newsagent. Payments - all done by electronic transfer. Yesterday the only item that came from a real person was a thank you note, which, if there's a strike, could arrive by phone or email.»
-- "Simon Hoggart's week"