In August 1998, I began a new career: the career of a retired Civil Servant. Curious, I didn t ask to be made a civil servant. French laws governing the statutory body in which I was a Research Fellow for a quarter of a century offered all foreigners with the rank of researchers (chercheurs au Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) the possibility of opting for the status of a functionary in the French State. I did nothing, and one fine morning I think at the beginning of January 1984 - an official letter arrived announcing that I was nominated a Civil Servant which meant that I could not easily be sacked unless, say, I dangled myself by my chignon from the Eiffel Tower and sang the Terang Bulan naked! The curious thing is that I was a Stateless Person when I arrived in France in 1972 and still am. Soon after being retrograded into active retirement, a relentless hunter after Victoriana surfaced out of the Internet to rope me into raking my memory of old school days. Nothing was farther away from my thoughts than the solitary turban-turning memories I entertained of the old school. In less than a year-and-a-half, we Chung Chee Min (a former school laureate, later a teacher, and now one of the school webmasters) and I had chalked up over 1500 small-print pages in correspondence over old school mates, teachers, and other Tom Brown school-type reminiscences. Our correspondence focussed on the numerous official careers of the old boys and girls from the Victoria Institution, the vaunted premier school of the country. They all smacked of the odour of success in public life: straight, square, solid, with squire-like stolid citizen success stories. There s nothing wrong with that, of course, but I was put off by the odour of goodness and sweetness that pervaded all their fragrant memories. Look, what a pretty boy I am, Mummy Victoria! Obedient! Clean! I have done all my homework for the week, and ... that sort of achievement.
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T.Wignesan: Born in Kuala Krai, Malaysia. Up to his twenty-first year in Singapore, India, and Malaysia; then in London, Heidelberg, West Berlin, Madrid, and Paris. Education: After only four years of schooling at Batu Road School and the Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur (1946- 1949: dropped out in 1950); school and higher school certificates (Cambridge University: 1951 (SC: 9 subjects - Grade One) & 1953 (HSC: 1 A-level & 3 O-levels), and London University GCE: 4 A-levels and 1 O-level - 1955); Bar studies at the Inns of Court School of Law, London (1953-56); began doctoral dissertation in Philosophy (epistemology) at Heidelberg Universität and Freien Universität in West Berlin (1957-58); Hispanic Studies in Madrid (1968-72): Escuela Oficial de Idiomas: 3rd Year Certificates in language, literature & civilization: 1968-70; Universidad de Madrid: Diploma in Hispanic Studies, 1971 (1970-72) and Instituto de la Cultura Hispanica (M.A. course in Hispano-Filipino studies:1971-72); Université de Paris-VIII [Equivalence in Spanish Literature for the Licence: 1972; Maitrise d Enseignement d Espagnol: 1973]; Comparative Literature: Sorbonne-Nouvelle (1973-83); Aesthetics-Poietics: Université de Paris-I-Panthéon-Sorbonne [Doctorat d Etat ès lettres et sciences humaines: March 1987. Viva scheduled at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle for June 3, 1983 postponed sine die due to jury mishap]. Extraordinary Prize in Hispanic Studies at Madrid University (1971). Distinctions: Très Bien for the Master s degree and Très Honorable à l unanimité (summa cum laude) for the doctorate.
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Book Description Cyberwit.net, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M8182531071
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