police on horseback [was Re: Onions (was Re: DWJ birthday card(s)]
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Fri Aug 20 13:07:10 EDT 2004
On Thursday, August 19, 2004, at 02:44 PM, minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:
> Dorian wrote:
>> Minnow said...
>>> The only horses we ever seem to get round here are
>>> on their way to the local police station with policemen (and
>>> riding them and looking superior and benign as only mounted
>>> policemen (and
>>> policewomen) seem able to do,
>> Over here, only about half of the mounted gardai (see how useful our
>> language is? A garda can be male or female, and one never has to
>> mess about
>> with silly words like "policeperson"!) ever manage to look superior
>> benign. The other half invariably look as if they would rather be
>> else at all than sitting on top of that horse.
> I think the horses are rare enough, in England, that only the
> (you're right, gardai is much more useful, but I am never sure how to
> it: "gard-ih"?) who are really determined to be on horseback get the
> chance, so they know they are superior not just to the civilian
> but to all the other police as well. This makes them benign except
> people throw darts at the horses, at which point they get really almost
> peevish and quite right too.
I used to live in Detroit and the mounted patrol was one of the most
coveted divisions in the city, because people _liked_ them.
If at first the idea is not absurd, then there
is no hope for it.
- A. Einstein
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