The fame of Muhammad Ali reached Oxford long before I ever got there! He made a lot of references to the ‘dreaming spires’ whilst giving lectures at American universities during his wilderness years (1967 – 1970), having been banned from Boxing for refusing the draft to fight in Vietnam. During one in particular at Harvard, he referred to it directly as Britain’s ‘highest seat of learning’ and declared that he had been offered ‘a Professorship to teach Poetry and Philosophy at Oxford’! And the Art of Poetry, which Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) had used throughout his boxing career not only had him predict the rounds in which his opponents would fall, but also increase public interest and continue to raise his own profile as a unique and original self-publicist. Ali didn’t always get his predictions of rounds absolutely right, mind you, but, then again, he wasn’t often that far out either! And, in any case, did it really matter when he was able to delight his audience with such quips as, ‘If he’s makes it to six, he’ll be in a fix!’, ‘But if he keeps talking jive, I’ll cut to five!’?