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PostPosted: 20 Aug 2019, 13:56 
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I was always cross that I wasn't able to learn German at school. It was timetabled at the same time as Greek (classical Greek, that is) which I was doing (and took both at A-level). It seemed so short-sighted, as much of classical scholarship at the time was in German! But the powers that be were adamant that it couldn't be done any other way; Greek could only be slotted in at the same time as the German.

It still annoys me more than 50 years later!

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Schools must have a thing about Greek and German clashing :lol: - they did at my school as well. I did Spanish, which clashed with both of them!

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I think EBD wanted to illustrate Jo's specialness by giving her the largest family. She couldn't give her all daughters because that would be a huge new cast to keep track of when they started school, so she made some of them boys.

Triplets would have been enough, in my opinion. Let the Bettanys and the Russells have all the children they want; Jo still "wins" by having triplets. Make them all 10-pounders and she still gets to beat Phil and Hillary Graves. And she could still take on the Richardsons and Marie-Claire, plus play aunt to other girls.

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Three ten pound babies inside one womb? Surely not???? :shock:

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I think she meant that they weighed over 10lbs all together, to be fair. It was a silly thing to say, though - of course triplets were going to have a higher combined weight than Hilary and Phil's singleton baby! Stephen was over 10lbs, though, which Jo pointed out rather than congratulating Phil on the arrival of his daughter or asking if Hilary was OK after the birth :roll: .

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Three ten pound babies inside one womb? Surely not???? :shock:


lol, I didn't even think about it that way. That would be frightful! I wonder how much the triplets did weigh though?

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Sorry - "quote" didn't work properly - he would have needed German for Chemistry. This was common even in the 60s - I was unusual reading Chemistry subsid without German. "Modern" often included German for this reason.


Yes, SLOC had to do German with his chemistry at uni in the late fifties/early sixties - and having had no lessons in it before he went, he found it a struggle.

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