The new dean of education at Glasgow University (better known as principal of St Andrew's College, since the merger is not yet in place) was in full flush following a visit to the "big school".
Lecturers moved to the edge of their seats as Bart McGettrick said the gents had changed since his days as a geography student - there were wall-mounted machines. Was the principal about to raise the denominational issue which has been lurking around the merger talks, and condemn condom availability?
Sighs of relief (so to speak) when he explained that the machines had replaced the roller-towels of his youth. "They're just like a principal," he said. "Press the button and you get hot air."