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Readers' Letters: Titter Titter

Blog | Apr 30, 2024

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SIR: Gyles Brandreth’s mention of the sometime Warden of All Souls, John Sparrow, brought back an anecdote told me by a friend, an Oxford student in the ’60s, during Sparrow’s tenure.

The Warden had indulged in one of his public outbursts of misogyny, outraging – as he had intended – a considerable proportion of the city’s undergraduates.

One or more of these responded in large white letters on a very public wall, asking, ‘Can you tell a sparrow from a tit?’ Griff Everett, Milford Belper, Derbyshire