The Book of the Cat by Mabel Humphrey and Elizabeth Fearne Bonsall 1903
Sir Desmond, prominent London banker on the Financial Times and why he carries it around: “I can’t understand it. Full of economic theory. Oh, you know, it’s part of the uniform.”
One of Oxford’s oldest colleges, and one of the most popular for undergraduate and graduate applications, Balliol prides itself on being a close-knit home for students who think for themselves.
It also has a strong international outlook. One in twenty of Balliol’s current alumni is listed in Who’s Who.
Notable members: Adam Smith, Harold Macmillan, Aldous Huxley
not much has changed
WIKI: Sir Humphrey won a classical scholarship to Winchester College before reading Classics at Baillie College, Oxford, where he got a First (a possible allusion to Balliol College, Oxford; he is shown wearing a Balliol tie in the first episode of Series 3, ‘Equal Opportunities’).