Normally, I would be quite squeamish about the idea of someone having his genitals drenched in Sambuca and then having them set on fire and I would be cringing with sympathy for the man concerned. However, the story of Stuart Feltham leaves me singularly unmoved.
His version of events is that he was having a quiet night out with a few friends at the end of his holiday in Crete when a women suddenly appeared, poured something over him and set it alight.
Her version of events – and the women in question is being feted as a national heroine in Greece for the defence of her honour – is that he was drunkenly propositioning her, grabbed her breasts and buttocks, and then exposed himself to her. She threw her drink at him and walked away, only discovering later that he had (stray cigarette?) caught alight.
Obviously, I don’t know what happened, but I know which version sounds more plausible.
I also know that too many British people behave atrociously when they go away on holiday and that many European resorts are trying to restrict the heavy-boozing and boorish behaviour of their UK visitors. Frying the worst offenders’ genitalia may seem a little harsh, but I suspect it would make them pause for thought ….