Ruins of Troy I re-read the card on the pin board. In large clear block letters, it said: "No politics, philosophy or religion before midnight."

Sound advice, I thought, based on the principle that, after midnight, everyone is likely to be too tired, or too drunk, to really care about the outcome of any discussion, and therefore there was no risk of genuine offence being given or taken. Certainly, this room had seen more than its fair share of energetic late-night discussions, and we had all managed to stay friends afterwards.

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