police on horseback [was Re: Onions (was Re: DWJ birthday card(s)]

Otter Perry 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 
>>> policewomen)
>>> 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 
>> and
>> benign.  The other half invariably look as if they would rather be 
>> anywhere
>> else at all than sitting on top of that horse.
> I think the horses are rare enough, in England, that only the 
> policepersons
> (you're right, gardai is much more useful, but I am never sure how to 
> say
> 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 
> pedestrians
> but to all the other police as well.  This makes them benign except 
> when
> 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.

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