“Bitter experience taught me all I know about women,” local man Gerry Burke announced coldly, to the Ramble Inn’s teatime trade.
The 38 year old post office clerk was responding to the news that the Government is to fund women-only professorships to help “eradicate gender inequality” in higher education institutions.
“You’re bitter about your lack of experience with women,” a female voice answered, causing unconcealed laughter, “is that it?”
“All I know,” Burke said, haughtily, “is that I learned the hard way”.
“They say if you were harder, you might have learned a bit more?”
“Well maybe if a man got a bit more experience, every once in a while” Burke muttered, “he mightn’t be quite so bitter…”
As the conversation moved on, regulars at the bar quietly scored Mrs Burke the clear winner of the husband and wife duel, by a 2 to 1 margin.