A quirk of nature, and not genetic inheritance, has brought home to a young white Englishman the problem of being dark skinned in his own country.
A quirk of nature, and not genetic inheritance, has brought home to a young white Englishman the problem of being dark skinned in his own country. George Tonkin, aged 31, of Poole, a year ago contracted nephritis, a disease of the kidney. As a result his skin turned dark -- so dark that he now resembles a Pakistani.
Mr Tonkin told a reporter that as a result of the change of his colour he was now seeing the colour problem "from the other side". He said he had been called a "wog" and refused jobs because prospective employers believed he was a coloured immigrant.
Mr Tonkin seems destined to endure his new found problem for some time, possibly for life. Medical experts say that although it is not unusual for people suffering with the same disease as Mr Tonkin to undergo a change of pigmentation, it is unusual for them to revert fully to their normal colour.