"I [visited] a wonderful co-ed faith school in Harpenden. They were Christians and absolutely determined that their pupils did not discriminate. . . . I said that we were all part of a minority group - be it for being short or tall or fat or thin, or having red hair or whatever. . . . "I had Gandalf's sword with me and I knighted a pair of children 'Sir Minority' and 'Dame Minority' and it went down very well. It is essential to talk to 12- and 13-year-olds because they absorb what's thrown at them, whether it be homophobia or tolerance - and we have to make sure it's positive stuff."
--Actor Sir Ian McKellen, who celebrates his 70th birthday tomorrow