Pale grey is colour of job-ad despair
It also contains a role for The TES - alas, not a starring one. Stuck for a job, the hero ("like countless Oxford men before me") answers an advertisement in The TES and starts teaching at a minor public school.
Miserable, he leaves after a year, only to find September looming again. "I began to feel desperate, I saw myself cornered, driven back in despair to the dreaded Educational Supplement and those endless pale-grey lists of endless pale-grey jobs." This was, of course, long before the Scottish Executive's offerings started livening up our pages.
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