I am 39 now. However, when I was 10 my then boyfriend and I went truant. Yes, we got caught. I remember going into the headmaster’s study. Oh boy! A strap and a cane lay across the desk. Pete had been here before. He had to step forward and bend over. Trousers were removed and four strokes with the strap planted. Then the headmaster swished the cane. He told Pete to drop pants and bend over the desk. Six of the best stripes appeared across his bare backside.

Pete stood up with tears running. He did not know whether to cover front or back. The headmaster then gave a lecture. He let me leave my butt tingling as I thought I too would get it. But I didn’t.