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U NDER the grandstand, the man in the bright red hunting gear who blows the big hunting horn that announces the arrival of the runners on to the track is sheltering from the wind and tapping away on his Blackberry with the little pointy stick provided by the manufacturer.
There are some rights we have but it doesn't make sense to exercise those rights, like tap dancing in minefields with clogs on, poking angry bulls in the bum with a pointy stick when drunk, (you drunk, not the bull) or continuing to behave in ways that adds to the burden of illness in the community that you are supposed to be committed to reducing.
It's called the javelin, and despite being an activity without any verb form - no one says, "I'm going javelining" - there's something intriguing about seeing how far you can throw a pointy stick.
I suppose the telling sign is a faulty petrol gauge which means that each time I want to judge how much fuel I have left, I have to thrust a long pointy stick deep into the tank.
You hit sixty-five, we ship you to the Aleutian Islands and place you on an ice floe with matches and a pointy stick.
If you find Jafaican youth-speak unbearable, and wish that Fatboy in EastEnders came with subtitles, here that very same language has been sharpened into a pointy stick to poke an entire subculture in the eye.
At the surface they can kill humans quickly and efficiently, but when they are swimming deep below, they were completely at ease with the divers, ignoring Ben and the team as they swam a safe distance away with only a pointy stick to defend themselves.
Any clerk of the course would break his pointy stick over his knee and weep.
The premise is as simple as running around a track or throwing a large pointy stick across a field.