That was when Wales played Western Samoa, at Cardiff Arms Park, in the second Rugby World Cup. And lost 13-16. Wales went out of the tournament at the pool stage, and Anonymous coined the gem: “Thank the Lord we weren’t playing the whole of Samoa!”
Reading an education news-item, this — perhaps because of the tangential Twickenham connection — inexplicably sprang to Malcolm’s mind:
Education Secretary Michael Gove has suggested a proposed new Catholic school should limit Catholic pupils to 50% of its intake.
Business Secretary Vince Cable wrote to Mr Gove about the proposed school, which is in his Twickenham constituency.
Mr Gove said the proposal for a cap was “very sensible”.
But a Catholic Education Service official said turning Catholics away and admitting others just because they were not Catholic would be “odd”.
What was particularly “odd” in that story was this:
The deputy director of the Catholic Education Service, Greg Pope, said Catholic parents in the area had been asking for the school.
So, if the deputy director is a Pope, what’s his superior called?
[In fact the “Interim Director” is Monsignor Marcus Stock. But that both spoils the joke, and raises other questions.]