James Bradford "Jimmy" Nail is an English singer-songwriter, actor, musician, film producer, film score composer and television writer.
He has starred in numerous roles on television since 1983. He is 6 feet 3 inches tall and a Newcastle United supporter. He is most famous for his role as Leonard "Oz" Osborne in the hit television show Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, his title role in Spender, and his 1992 number one single "Ain't No Doubt".
During the era when they were allowed to do so, countless teachers bullied students to the extent that, according to actor Jimmy Nail, they dispensed “the kind of beatings that “today would merit a long jail sentence”. Nail continues: “On one occasion, a teacher gave me such a hiding I was reduced to tears. I closed my eyes in class, and my German teacher decided I was asleep and told me to report to a senior colleague. … I knocked on the door.
Through the little glass panel, I could see him as he prowled around the room. After a moment, he waved me in. … He walked up and down the room, not saying anything as the class sat in abject terror. After an age, he said to me, “Why are you here, boy?” After Nail explained, the man asked, “Were you sleeping, boy?” “No, sir,” I said. He made his way towards me by first walking down one aisle, then another, even more slowly, dragging it out. Then, all of a sudden, bang! His open palm smacked into my face. I’d never had a smack as hard as that in my life. My eyes watered; I could feel my skin going all warm and red. . … That was just the start of it. He took a handful of my hair, yanked my head backwards, then asked me again, “Were you asleep, boy?” “No, sir.” I repeated. Wrong answer.
He dragged me to the door, then opened it with the hand which was still clutching my hair. Then it was out into the corridor, and we were heading for the stairwell. He banged my head against the panel with such force that the glass broke. … Downstairs, we stopped outside my classroom and he continued questioning me, while he smacked me square in the face. After about six blows, I gave up, and admitted to something I had not done. I lied, which I suppose I should have done earlier, but I had told the truth; that’s what you get for being honest.
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