“It’s jolly nearly 50 years, which is a terribly long time. I started off in journalism in 1958. I still wake up wanting to know what happened next. It’s the curiosity that keeps you going. There’s never a morning I don’t get up intrigued by turning on the radio or padding downstairs to pick up the papers.”

Oh man. Anthony Howard is dead. The former editor of the New Statesman died yesterday of a ruptured aneurysm. The papers full of his quotes, but the one above epitomises the attitude I try to foster in my students. It’s all about curiosity.

Guardian, home news