The real face of campus life 1

March 20, 2008

John Brinnamoor asks for realism in the university prospectus ("Not quite as advertised: college scarves and shameless flannel", 13 March). He would do well to remember that tale by Borges about the empire that produced a map of itself so accurate that it destroyed the discipline of geography. If we show potential applicants what academics really look like, we'll soon have no one to teach.

Neil Badmington, Cardiff.

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