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ICKLING can be a dan­ger­ous busi­ness, I re­ported.

State laws of Vir­ginia in the US say it’s il­le­gal to tickle women. It’s also im­pos­si­ble to tickle your­self – ap­par­ently you don’t find it funny – but it can help bond­ing be­tween cou­ples.

Now Liz Sharp, of Nether­ton, adds an­other facet: “I un­der­stand that be­ing tick­led by a stranger does not cre­ate a re­sponse.”

Prob­a­bly be­cause it is not so much bond­ing as dig­i­tal as­sault.

“Pre­sum­ably, one needs to know the as­sailant, sorry tick­ler, to re­act. How­ever, may I add that I have never been ap­proached by, and in­deed have never ap­proached, a stranger to ver­ify this ‘fact’!”

Quite right too, Liz. I can think of noth­ing more dis­turb­ing than be­ing tick­led by a six foot rugby player in a bus queue.

Mind you, I have had the odd mo­ment in years gone by in the Mar­ket Hall when I thought I spot­ted a fe­male friend and gave her a brief tickle around her waist. She was not amused and nei­ther was I when she turned round and I re­alised she was a com­plete stranger.

Well, that was my ex­pla­na­tion, m’ lud, and I’m stick­ing to it.

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