In the last couple of weeks there have been two wonderful news stories involving Eton College - and, as some of you surely know, Jackson Junior attends this school in the eternal hope that it will instil a love of learning and culture into his teenage brain. For this reason, I tend to notice these stories and they are too good not to share.
The first is the story of the Nobel Laureate, Sir John Gurdon, and his school report. Sir John has just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in recognition of his early work in cell biology. His work showed that every cell in our body contains the same genes and this discovery was to lead to one of the key events of the 20th century - the cloning of Dolly the sheep in 1996 - and to ground-breaking developments in stem cell biology.
But his school report in 1949, when he was a 15 year old at Eton College, showed a very different picture. He came bottom in his year of 250 boys; was apparently unable to learn basic biological facts and would not listen in class. A seemingly hopeless pupil. His long-suffering biology teacher wrote:
" His work has been far from satisfactory. His prepared stuff has been badly learnt. ... One of such pieces of prepared work scored 2 marks out of a possible 50.. His other work has been equally bad ..... I believe he has ideas about becoming a scientist ..... it would be a sheer waste of time both on his part and of those who have to teach him"
Maybe there is yet hope for Jackson Jnr!
The second Eton-themed item is a brilliant parody of "Gangnam Style". Now. most of you probably have no idea of this phenomenon so I'll explain. Gangnam Style is a 'K-Pop' (Korean Pop) song by a South Korean rapper called PSY. Released in August 2012, it has become a YouTube phenomenon with almost half a billion viewings. Even the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, himself from South Korea, has praised this song and declared 'Gangnam Style' as a force for world peace. I believe David Cameron has also been spotted trying out some of the dance moves. What politicians will do to seem 'cool'! Anyway, PSY performs his 'invisible horse dance' in various locations - in a horse stable, in a sauna, in a yoga session, in a dance duel etc. Great stuff and ripe for parody.
A talented group of Eton boys have done just that. 'Gangnam Style' has become 'Eton Style'. So far this has attracted 1.6 million YouTube viewings and several UK newspapers have written about it.
So, take a look at Eton Style and enjoy ......