eavesdropping on elderly academics

‘We have so many students here these days. Far more than we ever used to.’

‘Where do they all come from?’

‘Oh, all over the place. More and more foreigners every year. Look at them. You can see that we are a very diverse body here.’

‘And what sort of careers do they pursue?’

‘All sorts really. But increasingly a lot of them will probably choose suicide bombing. There’s so much opportunity.’

I took this picture a few hours later, while I waited for a friend – we were meeting to discuss Cabinda – and I wondered if I’m not a bit of a hypocrite.

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