How To Scare Virgins!

by DavalosMcCormack on January 20, 2011

“Charming, even-handed and compassionate”. Those are the words used to describe Sir John Owen, an English High Court Judge who died recently.

His obituary, in the Telegraph, showed that Sir John was also remarkably creative when it came to resolving potentially difficult problems.   Here’s how the newspaper describes a problem he encountered when he was serving with the 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles in India in the run-up to independence in 1947.

“On one occasion he saved his men from an angry mob by showing a presence of mind well in advance of his 21 years. Encountering a roadblock consisting of eight young virgins, dressed in white and lying in the path of his armoured vehicles, he ordered a good-looking young Gurkha to walk forward and drop his trousers. The virgins ran off screaming and the column moved on without a shot being fired. “

Now that’s what I call being creative and using the available resources, a good looking young Gurkha, to solve the problem – how to get the virgins out of the road without using force.

It’s an example of how many seemingly impossible problems can have relatively easy solutions, if only we are imaginative and flexible in our approach.


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