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17th May

[I]t is important to know that a chap who says enthusiastically 'Why don't we knock the two rooms into one?' is not necessarily an expert with a sledgehammer. He has just always fancied the idea of knocking down a wall. A friend of mind was married to a chap possessed of this spirit of enquiry, who carried a Swiss Army penknife at all times.... At dinner parties he was noted for telling stories of fast-thinking chaps with Swiss Army penknives who had saved lives by performing emergency tracheotomies. Understandably, everybody kept quite quiet after this, and chewed very carefully. The slightest choke, and you knew he was likely to leap from his seat and cut your throat.

Lynne Truss, Making the cat laugh: One Woman's Journal of Single Life on the Margins (1995)



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