Due to my somewhat informal interpretation of school timetables and relaxed attitude to attending lessons, in my youth I was not a star performer when it came to examinations. I wasn't particularly bothered about it until it dawned on me that I wasn't going to go to university with just one CSE in woodwork. So at 18 my mates all started new lives at cathedrals of knowledge, moving to exciting cites and meeting new people whilst I was stuck in Hull and had to get a job. Many times I went visiting various friends in Cambridge, Liverpool, Keele and Newcastle so I got to see what I was missing. It seemed to me like a carefree life of decadence and bohemian study. But then the grass is always greener on the other side.
So imagine my ironic pleasure at being invited to give a lecture on Collaborative technologies at Manchester University. I was lecturing to a group of post graduates who are studying for a Masters in Computer supported cooperative work. Standing in the Auditorium looking up at all the students who had worked so hard to gain their places at university I wonder what they would have thought if they had known that it was the first time I had ever set foot in an Auditorium at a University.