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John and I were expelled from scouts aged eleven, for tying about fifty bangers together, and throwing the entire package into a soon to start scout meeting. Cubs and scouts emerged from the church hall staggering and coughing. Their blackened soot strewn faces and smouldering clothing was evidence that we may have underestimated the power of our amusing prank. We received a severe warning and a ceremonial removal of our toggles, neckerchiefs and badges, before appearing before a court martial committee for dismissal.

from Rise and Shine, Little Man by David Hogarth


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