A bomb? What boules

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

There is noth­ing to laugh at in hav­ing your air bag­gage mis­taken for a bomb. Why, then, did Keith Boleat find that when he ar­rived at the Euro­pean Vet­eran Pé­tanque Cham­pi­onship mi­nus his im­pounded steel boules, “they all found it funny”? It must be the ut­ter dis­par­ity be­tween ter­ror­ism and the gen­tle game of pé­tanque. Of course, com­pet­i­tive pé­tanque is laser-fo­cused and ruth­less, but the game it­self is not meant to be hos­tile. In fact, it is an ex­cuse for pot­ter­ing about in the com­pany of friends, with some op­por­tu­nity for re­fresh­ment. Poor Mr Boleat was quite put off his stroke, hav­ing had to bor­row un­fa­mil­iar boules and even a pair of pé­tanque trousers. To keep calm and carry on in the face of ter­ror­ism may be sound pol­icy. A harder thing for law-abid­ing folk is to be able to find amus­ing the mishaps its risk brings us.

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