May 24th 1972

“all books taken in for inspection”

You know, when you read a line like this all these years later, you really can write all kinds of things into it… especially when your brain has completely switched off its original meaning. (As mine has)

But the thing that immediately sprung to mind was author Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel “Fahrenheit 451”, wherein books were banned, indeed burned, by the authorities. (If I can just digress a little to thoroughly recommend François Truffaut’s 1966 movie adaptation starring the always beautiful Julie Christie)

Why would I (we? – assuming it happened to all my fellow pupils too) have had all my books “taken in for inspection”? Was this to worry the students? Or the teachers?

Whatever the reason, it really does sound like some kind of 1984 event.

12 years early.

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