Putting the Des back into odes
"Let's lead, not where the path may go, but where there may be no path, leaving a trail," he declared to bemused heads in Harrogate last week.
"Get the tri back into triumph" and "the ship back into leader-ship," he boomed, adding mysteriously: "The hinge of history is fitted to the learning door."
And then there's the heroic number of ways Dr Hamilton managed to interpret the conference motto: 'Celebrating TLC'. Heads are "Totally Lacking Confidence," he said at one point. Some feel they are being "Told Lies Continually." A few talk cynically about "Trying Lazy Children, only because they feel Tired, Listless and Constipated!"
"Or am I," he continued, talking a "Total Load of Sunshine?"