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Mr Martin by Jim Rosenthal

The legendary sports broadcaster recounts a teacher and teammate who set the foundations for a career in journalism – and was good to go out for a pint with

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It may not immediately sound like it, but Magdalen College School, Oxford, was a brutal environment to teach in. It was brimming with academically talented kids, but we were a wolf pack when it came to destroying teachers, particularly supply teachers. I remember one guy rather foolishly admitting he was terrible with names before asking us to ensure we stayed in the same seats for every lesson, so that he had a better shot at learning them. This was manna from heaven for us, and we set about changing seats as regularly as humanly possible until he broke down in tears. We thought that was a ...

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