Tricks with confidence

27th August 2004 at 01:00
Speaking of building self-esteem the ebullient David Dickinson, TV's Bargain Hunt host, is the inspiration behind a course on "buying and selling" at Filton College.

The Bristol college is attempting to lure students by billing the course as a chance to become the "next David Dickinson", in tribute to the star qualities of the dapper-suited one.

Those who fail to make it as the next Mr Dickinson will no doubt find themselves buying bric-a-brac in Portsmouth to be sold on as antiques in Islington. But before they can do this successfully, they will have to master the patter. "Lovely pair of Queen Anne legs you have there madam, if you don't mind me saying so. And the ones on the table aren't bad either."

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