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  • On one of my regular walks on the towpath of the Union Canal, I came across two young teenagers who had stopped at a wall which seemed to have been recently repainted; a small flyer tied to a string carried a notice: WET PAINT.

    I saw one boy touch the wet paint and show his finger to his friend. As I drew level with them, without thinking I said, 'you know what they say, that will-power is the capacity to resist the temptation to check whether wet paint had dried.’

    One of the lads scowled, but the other one gave me an impish smile and said, 'they also say you must not believe everything you read.’
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