It wasn't meant to read as if I'd smiled at that particular piece of news. I didn't.
The young guy in question is taking his exams again and let's hope he does better next time. He can't be without hope as he works part-time in the pharmacy at a well-known supermarket branch and wouldn't be there unless they thought he had potential.
All good wishes for the physics exam. My brother went a roundabout route through higher education via physics to his PhD and Fellowship until now he's a senior lecturer in medical research. I don't think he ever consciously planned it that way but you never know what is round the corner.
What made me smile today was going to watch the Olympic flame pass through Tow Law very close to where we live. It reminded me of those photos my dad took in Burma and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) during WW2 of parades involving ornately dressed elephants.....a great deal of noise and flourish, almost religious fervour and the reverential moment when the flame was passed from one torch to the next! Awesome!
Also a bit celeb-struck to see and wave at that nice Matt Baker who was on the bus following to the point where he would carry the flame into Durham city at the end of the day. He's a local lad and if anyone says anything cynical about him I'll hunt them down and rip off their ears