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``As we have seen, hundreds of years of trial and error have led to the strongest way of lacing our shoes, but unfortunately the same cannot be said about the way in which most of us tie our shoelaces - with a granny knot.'' Granny knots, whether a double knot or not, are far inferior to reef knots for securing laces, he says.
"I have been given a passport to Paradise," I said to a friend earlier this year, showing him a card with the shy pride of a Boy Scout who has just tied his first granny knot.
Hence, at school, erecting tents, even tying anything more complicated than a granny knot, was quite beyond me.