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Let the hair sit

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1611
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    Any time that I hear the word “tradition,” I want to throw up. Traditional is another word for outmoded, narrow minded, tacky, obsolete, kitsch. As living proof, walk into any Olde Tyme shop which sells Traditional Arts and Crafts and have a look around: baskets made out of reeds marinated in dead otter phlegm; useless ornaments sculpted in irritating tweed; pathetically unfashionable and impractical Aran sweaters. It's all shite, isn't it? No one but the most gullible idiot would actually buy …

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