Wednesday 22 June 2011 11.59pm
"A man who becomes upset when he hears certain words was sentenced to six years in prison for shooting his girlfriend because he thought she was about to say 'New Jersey'."
This story evoked a memory from the mid seventies.
I was on vacation just outside Athens with my then girl-friend, (I was between marriages at the time.)
My innamorata had met and befriended a New York girl who was staying alone at our hotel.
The three of us met for breakfast one morning on the hotel patio when an American couple who had arrived that morning overheard our friend's accent and introduced themselves, saying, "Hi,we're from North Bergen, New Jersey." The New Yorker came back with, "I wondered what the smell was!"
Talk about your local rivalries.
Despite dropping her guard there for a minute, she was a nice girl really, and we stayed in touch ever since, proof positive that there is such a thing as a platonic relationship, I visited her frequently in the U.S. and in Paris and Toulouse where she studied psychiatry, and she came to London whenever she could, and when I finally capitulated and re-married in Tampa, Fl. in 1994, she flew down from New York to be my best man.