The Class Divide In History

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toffs and toughs 

The Toffs And The Toughs

It serves as a fascinating insight to our predecessors in the last century. It was taken outside Lord’s cricket ground during an Eton V Harrow match.

(For our international readers, Eton and Harrow are two of the poshest and most expensive private schools in the UK. Our current London mayor and prime minster and quite a few of his cabinet went to Eton.)  The two ‘toffs’ Peter Wagner and Thomas Dyson were from Harrow and were waiting after the match to be picked up by Wagner’s father for a weekend in Surrey.

The other three boys were George Salmon, Jack Catlin, and George Young, 13-year-old pupils at the local Church of England primary school. They had been to the dentist that morning and then decided to skip school and hang around instead outside Lord’s, where the Eton v Harrow match offered money-making opportunities to any…

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  • de castro  On March 31, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Wonderful to reflect on the “class” struggle of Victorian Britain.

    For followers of Guyanese online a trade union song of days bygone.

    THE WORKING CLASS
    CAN KISS MY RASS
    ME GAT DE FOREMAN JOB AT LAST.

    Today elecution lessons are offered to “posh” politians and royalty
    to gain the acceptance by the “common people”

    Another song comes to mind…

    LIVING THE LIFE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE
    can’t remember pop singer..

    Class is the struggle we face today….
    How to bridge the gap..politically/economically.
    Religiously also.

    My vision
    My dream
    My wish

    Que Sera

    Kamtan

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