Andy McNab

The myth of Sandhurst

Today’s officers are a very different breed

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Gentlemen cadets from Sandhurst practice field sketching at Greenwich, 1938 (Getty)

On one of summer’s rare dry days, I spent an evening watching The Rakes Progress at Glyndebourne’s Festival Opera. I’m a big opera fan and have travelled to Italy, Spain and Germany to see some fantastic performances but had never felt the urge to go to Glyndebourne. I am not sure why. I guess the idea of all that pomp and dressing up, instead of just listening and enjoying the performance, felt a bit up itself and initially put me off.

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