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Shame about the boat race
Shakespeare said: "There is no art / To read the mind's construction in the face."
Would he have said that, had he been able to look upon the face of David Irving, who has been sentenced to three years in prison for holocaust denial? Here he is:
Obviously one should not judge a book by its cover, but he does look a bit of a bastard, doesn't he?
Of course, he may have gone off, as Abu Hamza did, according to his ex-wife. Perhaps George Orwell got it right when he said, "At 50, everyone has the face he deserves". Irving is 67.
By the way, US readers, who are perhaps puzzled by the absence of any mention here of the rowing competition between Oxford and Cambridge universities, should note that "boat race" is Cockney rhyming slang for "face".