12th May 2006 at 01:00
The Catholic heads' conference is often stalked by the memory of Peter Mullen, the larger than life character (aren't they all?) long since retired from the top job at Holyrood Secondary in Glasgow.

Mullen was always conscious of presiding over a school of more than 2,000 pupils, so when he walked into a first-year class once he set them an appropriate challenge. "I'll hand over pound;1 to anyone who knows who I am," he said.

"Are you God?" a pupil enquired.

"Near enough," Mullen replied. "Here's a fiver."

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