Unlikely encounter

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was produced by the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim was to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining.

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Between 1966 and 1968 I was a post-graduate student in the psychology Dept. of Bristol University. Also working there was Jim (I forget his surname), a negro post doctoral fellow from Washington State, USA. I left the University and went to work at Kamuli College, in Namasagali, Busoga District, Uganda. The school had about 400 students; Africans other than 3 0r 4 Gujarati immigrants. I introduced British A Level English into the school. Rehana Minhas was one of my initial students. Rehana was a good student. In 1970 Idi Amin came to power in Uganda. In 1971 he expelled the the Asian immigrants from the country. Rehana was expelled. In 1972 I left Uganda and in 1973 went to work as a civil servant in Scotland. I was sent on an induction course to Wakefield, Yorkshire. One evening I went by myself to Bradford for an Indian meal. The restaurant was full apart from a table where one man was sitting. It was Jim, the negro from Washington State I had known in Bristol. He was now working at Leeds University. I had heard that Rehana Minhas, the Gujarati I had taught in Busoga District, Uganda, had secured a place in Leeds University and mentioned her. It transpired that she was Jim's flat mate's girl friend.
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Date submitted:Fri, 13 Jan 2012 09:41:48 +0000Coincidence ID:3302