Ryan

Dining at the Greeks

IWAS AMONG the lucky ones from my class who, in 1940, stepped straight from school into a job. Aged sixteen, I became a junior clerk in the public service— an “office boy”. Practitioners of “human relations” had not then invented their weird contemporary dead language built on highfalutin terms like “career path”. But it was clear enough that I had landed a job for life, provided I turned up on time every morning, and generally kept my nose clean. It was necessary also to steer a tactful course through the savage rivalries of Catholics and Masons which split the service;…

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