Shane Ross: False confidence will be fatal
Published 17/07/2011 | 05:00
THERE is a tall tale told of British pluck at the time of the Mau Mau wars in Kenya . . .
One of the Brit colonials was found trussed to a tree by a passing patrol. He was delirious, battered and bruised, bleeding to death with a spear through his stomach pinning him to the trunk. Blood was everywhere.
One of the shocked rescue party stood and stared. After a few seconds of paralysis he somewhat tactlessly asked the dying man: "Does it hurt?"