Sar­to­rial taste

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Some weeks ago I stood on a rooftop ter­race in Lon­don Fields look­ing out over the city.

End­ing my mo­ment of tran­quil­ity, a rather nasal voice from be­hind me asked if I had a lighter. It was some­body I’d been in­tro­duced to ear­lier that evening

— a friend of a friend who hap­pened to be at the same party.

For a few min­utes we ex­changed vague pleas­antries. I told him

I edited “a field­sports mag­a­zine” and he in­sisted on know­ing which one. “Shoot­ing Times?” he re­sponded in delight af­ter I told him. “I al­ways read it in the bath and have done since I was about nine.” It was an in­ti­mate ad­mis­sion and a pleas­ingly un­likely place to meet a coun­try­man.

Af­ter an hour or so of talk­ing about walked-up grouse he asked me, very thought pro­vok­ingly, whether, in this day and age, Guns should still feel obliged to wear ties.

I pon­dered for a while and then said, “to me it’s all about re­spect for the birds and that, ul­ti­mately, is about clean kills and sport­ing shots, not a silk num­ber knot­ted elegantly around some­one’s neck”.

In fact, I think I would even go as far as say­ing it would be no bad thing for the im­age of shoot­ing if we were to cast off our ties.

I’m quite sure many of you dis­agree fe­ro­ciously — I look for­ward to a few sar­to­rial con­ver­sa­tions out in the field this com­ing sea­son. I’m count­ing down the days.

Pa­trick Gal­braith, Editor

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