So, it’s either going to be the best day or the worst day of your life. The last thing you really want when you’re about to open your GCSE results letter is for a T&A photographer to turn up. So how do you react?
Running away is seriously uncool (unless you really know you’re going to cry in pain – tears of joy are fine). So what’s it to be? Nonchalance? Reserve? Unbridled excitement?
Here’s how just a few of the victims in our archive were caught in action....
1. Ring your mum
Good evasive tactic this one. Means you don’t actually have to look at the camera and you can pretend they’re great even if they might not have been.
2. Strike a pose
Always popular with press photographers – saves them having to do the work. And even better if your mates join in.
3. Jump for joy
Only do this spontaneously, otherwise you’ll look a right twerp. We used to ask pupils to do this in the 1960s but it’s getting a bit old hat now. And does anyone ever do it spontaneously? Really?
4. No, REALLY jump for joy
OK, so if he won’t let you get away without doing it, at least go for a crazy, funky, totally-mad-person-you angled jump. Always wise to kick the photographer in one of his shins before you attempt this, just to make sure you get at least a 12 degree tilt.
5. Praise the Lord
Or, at least, if you’re going to high-five each other try to get near each other’s hands.
6. Ignore the photographer completely
That passing dog cocking its leg against the head’s car is more interesting anyway...
7. Play it cool
No, we mean, proper cool. Don’t look at the silly snapper and stare intently at your results letter (but try not to look too smug when you’re doing it....)
8. Hug it out
9. Go completely over the top
Well, maybe they were THAT good!
10. No, go totally and utterly, ridiculously over the top
So now try telling ANYBODY that you weren’t expecting to fail biology abysmally.
11. Hug a passing teacher
No, don’t. Please. It’ll kill your cred. Stone dead. Permanently. Forever.