I'm in our first meeting with the new English degree kids. As usual, overwhelmingly female but much more teenage than previously - the mature students are notably absent.
So far they seem bright and friendly - they even managed to laugh at some of my puns, which was very kind to an old man. We're finishing with a balloon debate - what text/film/book would you preserve in an authoritarian state? So far the choices are Shakespeare, Lord of the Flies, Harry Potter, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, The Godfather, 1984, Animal Farm, Some are classic school curriculum choices, others are 'classics', yet others quite unexpected.
Unfortunately, someone wants to preserve Queen's Greatest Hits.