“Arriving at the age of 16 1/2, I was amazed at the crowd, 300 or more students, including would-be dentists and vets.
We were stacked to the ceiling of a huge lecture theatre in the College of Science, now a government building. The first lecture was zoology, with Prof. Bailey-Butler. There was a tradition that the previous year’s intake came to say goodbye, and each received a hand shake from the remarkable professor, only to rush back on an outside stairway and come down to do so again and again. It took us freshmen some time to realise what was going on. Once we did, everyone was helpless with laughter”
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