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A very proud Dad: Olaf gets a first from Oxford

Tom Winnifrith
Thursday 13 July 2023

The little girly snowflake swat has just been on the phone to let us know that, despite Brexit and global warming, she has got a First, in French and History, from Oxford. Suffice to say I am a very proud dad but have no idea where she gets it from.

My Dad was viva’d for a first and claimed, rightly I think, that standards have fallen at the City of lost causes but like Olaf he managed to work hard as well as drinking too much. I think that I was bloody lucky to get a 2:2 having been almost as idle as the father of my mother, who herself got a second in French and Russian before 2nds were divided. My maternal grandfather was always rather vague about what degree he scraped but I think it may have been a 4th. My paternal grandfather got an undivided second, again a bit too much drinking keeping him away from the first.

And so maybe that hard working gene comes from Olaf’s mum Big Nose who got a 2-1 in law from the sameestablishment but always insists that she was robbed. She’s a bit of a swat too so she might really have come close to a Geoff.

Anyhow, it’s a great start to the day. It was just 22 years and two weeks ago that Olaf was born weighing just 1lb 4oz, a miracle baby. And here we are today. Next stop drama school and a career as an actor like her great great aunt Ana Lee. Onwards and upwards, well done Olaf.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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