having come from rural poverty and making a living collecting water from ancient wells for the local vineyards using a one-eyed pony called Chepi and a rickety cart………….The Red Cross helped Peter and his mother to reach England, where they were housed in a barracks near Tidworth, in Wiltshire. The only words of English he knew were “cowboy” and “Times”. Eventually they moved to London and were given accommodation in a disused church in Wapping, close to the site where he would later work for The Sunday Times.
He got an interview to study at Campion Hall, the Jesuit college in Oxford, and took along his father’s book, a discussion of which led to the offer of a place. In return for his education he worked in the kitchen.
The English system does manage to get some things right, sometimes. Actually, rather more often than most other places….