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Book Review: The Complete Yes Minister, edited by Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay
In need of a little light reading after Antony Beevor's magnum opus I decided to pick this up for a re-read, which was paused when I was lent the JavaScript books for a week. The good news is that this is still just as funny and as relevant as it was in the 1980s, though obviously one or two of the more contemporary details have dated. If I have a favourite story it probably is still Doing the Honours, in which Hacker is invited to the Benefactor's [sic] Dinner at Sir Humphrey's alma mater, Baillie College, Oxford.

We got to Oxford in little over an hour. The M40 is a very good road. So is the M4, come to think of it ... I pointed out that the M11 has only just been completed. "Don't Cambridge colleges give you a good dinner?"
"Of course", said Bernard, "but it's years and years since the Department of Transport had a Permanent Secretary from Cambridge."
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