John McCullagh February 22, 2005
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The court was ‘in camera’.
 
The magistrate adopted his sternest tone.

 
‘Is it true,’ he asked the young woman in the dock,
 
‘that on the 5th of April last,
 
you were observed on the roof-rack of a Toyota Avensis
 
speeding through the town in a snowstorm,
 
making love to a one-legged dwarf
 
who was wearing only one Wellington boot?’
 
There was a few seconds of total silence.
 
Finally the girl coughed, and then spoke.
 
What was that date again?’

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