[00:06.48]took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing personal quirk，
[00:11.44]that would never pay a mortgage, or secure a pension.
[00:15.48]I know that the irony strikes with the force of a cartoon anvil, now.
[00:22.03]So they hoped that I would take a vocational degree; I wanted to study English Literature.
[00:27.51]A compromise was reached that in retrospect satisfied nobody,and I went up to study Modern Languages.
[00:35.30]Hardly had my parents' car rounded the corner at the end of the road，
[00:39.04]than I ditched German and scuttled off down the Classics corridor.
[00:44.21]I cannot remember telling my parents that I was studying Classics;
[00:48.27]they might well have found out for the first time on graduation day.
[00:53.19]Of all the subjects on this planet, I think they would have been hard put to name one less useful，
[00:59.42]than Greek mythology when it came to securing the keys to an executive bathroom.
[01:06.35]I would like to make it clear, in parenthesis, that I do not blame my parents for their point of view.
[01:12.56]There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction;
[01:17.01]the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.