The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #91828   Message #1753073
Posted By: Rapparee
04-Jun-06 - 10:21 PM
Thread Name: BS: Suddenly Britain has a knife culture
Subject: RE: BS: Suddenly Britain has a knife culture
Quite, McGrath. And I'm reminded of a cartoon where a teenager fills out a survey: "Parents: Married, Divorced...." so he answers "Cousins." And so on throughout the survey, he fills in smart-aleck answers to the questions; in the last panel his mother is lamenting the ignorance of teenagers demonstrated by the survey.

I myself have always lied on surveys whenever I have been asked to take them.

And yes, during my school days we would have answered "Yes" to a question about carrying a knife. We all did. Pocketknifes. You opened them with your fingernail. While we were vaguely aware of the ability to use them as weapons, we actually used them to sharpen pencils or whittle sticks or just to say sometime, "Here, use my knife."

And there we were, flying from Edinburgh to Dublin, and the security guard found my wife's lockback pocketknife in her purse (2 inch blade). He said that lockbacks were forbidden in the UK, but we were leaving and this was obviously NOT a "fighting knife", and he was, in his words, "up a pole." Finally, he decided the matter in these words: "Argh, let the Irish deal with it." Clicked her bag shut, and we were off to Dublin.