- Thought for today:
"As a society, we do tend to operate on first impressions and have preconceptions about most situations that we are about to enter. My mother used to tell me as a child, 'Always polish your shoes, Billy. You can always tell a gentleman by his polished footwear.'
- Well let me tell you, though she was usually known as a woman to be accurate in her judgement that she could not have been more wrong in her belief. During my 25 years as a Probation Officer, I discovered that the most perfectly cleaned and highly polished of all footwear were to be found on the feet of murderers, rapists, arsonists and paedophiles. In fact, I don’t recall ever having met any person from these four offending groups, who’d dare to venture out towards their prey unless they were assured in their own minds that they’d be able to see the reflection of their victims in their shiny leather-uppers during the commission of their horrible crimes. The same principle applies to dress, hair or indeed any other visible trait that is so often used as a short cut to define a person's likely character.
- So there we have it. Short skirts don't make sluts 'asking for it' and long, spiky hair don't make monsters 'ready to dish it out' to anyone who comes their way. Incidentally; the little-girl smiles that some little devils wear don't always denote an angelic presence either; and isn't it strange how the women of the world are able to keep those 'little-girl smiles' from childhood to the grave as part of their armoury in their War of the Roses with the opposite sex? " William Forde: August 20th, 2013.