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Goodbye, Mr Chips..



I’m not a great watcher of tv at Xmas or any other time, but I do enjoy it occasionally. This year’s unsung gem was Martin Clunes’ rather touching performance as the eponymous Mr Chips. 


I first read the book long ago, when it was banned at the Perse School. The author had been a pupil at The Leys School, across town, and much of the setting (a rather outdated, High Church, minor public school in decaying, historic buildings amid an East Anglian setting) was a poke at the Perse School of the time (1930s). When I attended there in the 1960s and early 1970s, one staff member was referred to as “Mr Chips”, in the sense of being life expired and long overdue for retirement. 




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