Guilty as charged

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I have some­thing in com­mon with Phillip Adams in hav­ing been dis­hon­ourably dis­charged from the scouts (“First dybs”, May 19-20). The com­pul­sory school hike in­volv­ing two nights’ camp­ing was on the same week­end my SANFL foot­ball team had at last made it to the semi-fi­nals. I had an ac­com­plice who, like me, was keen to see the game. He got us de­lib­er­ately lost, so the next morn­ing we hiked to the near­est phone booth to call the se­nior scout­mas­ter. A feigned asthma at­tack and we were given the all-clear to go home (to the game). Of course we didn’t fac­tor in that there would be some teach­ers at the game and we were sprung. Guilty as charged and both of us were “cast into the dark­ness”.

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