Universities have long held an allure for the disturbed. The Diary recalls an incident in which a woman, convinced that her husband was trying to kill her with a death-ray, consulted physicists at Imperial College, London. She was told that death-rays were an electrical engineering problem and directed down the corridor.
Now staff at Worcester College of Technology can join in the fun. The college has just bought a former police station - another place where the disturbed seek help - and plans to convert it into a lifelong learning centre.