Monday, December 05, 2005

Benson Pope report

The David Benson-Pope report is up at Scoop. An early tidbit from the interview that David had with the police:
INGLIS: [I]t has come up other discipline on school camps are being made to stand outside in your night attire and bare feet in the cold for a length of time in the cold, is the only other thing that came up um in relation to not going to sleep at the camp.

BENSON-POPE: It's the best way I know of encouraging people to go to sleep.

p2 Transcript of Video Interview of David Benson-Pope.
Benson-Pope confirms the existence of the "bonket" tennis ball at the end of an arrow but says the most he ever used it for was to "gently touch people on the head with it" (interview transcript p16). I suspect it's one of those irregular expressions, namely
I gently touch people with it
You give people a tap with it
He whacks people over the head with it
Certainly at least some of the students describe the use of the bonker as "banging".