LONDON - Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s story of how he once mistook icing sugar for cocaine is surely one of his most quotable moments, and he says the incident put him off taking the white sugary substance ever again. In a characteristic show of entertainingly buffoonish behaviour, The Mayor of London famously said that he thinks he was “once given cocaine but I sneezed so it didn’t go up my nose. In fact, it may have been icing sugar.”
The incident took place at Oxford University, where he “made an effort” to inhale what he believed to be cocaine. “What I do remember is once, it being suggested I try a substance that was alleged to be cocaine and I made an effort – I won’t deny – I made an effort to try and ingest this substance, or inhale it, rather – and I failed,” he recalled. “Uh, it was a pitiably small amount anyway. It later appeared that it might not have been cocaine, but rather icing sugar.”
He has previously admitted to smoking cannabis as a teenager, although “it didn’t do much for me.” His ill-fated experience with icing sugar isn’t one he’d wish to recreate nor suggest to other young members of the public. “That was, I’m afraid, my sole experience of icing sugar,” he told The Guardian. “I have never tried to take icing sugar again. Nor would I recommend icing sugar to any young person.”
He continued to say that unlike fellow politician Nick Clegg, he isn’t one for crying, although, like so many others, the words of the Liberal Democrat leader can sometimes induce tears. “I sometimes weep while listening to Nick Clegg,” he said. “It will produce hot tears of emotion, but perhaps not in the way you mean. I am, I’m afraid, not particularly lachrymose.”
He also paid homage to his hero Winston Churchill by claiming that he can also drink “an awful lot” of alcohol at lunch and be able to carry on working. The London Mayor said he is “genuinely obsessed” with the wartime prime minister in an interview with Radio Times about his new biography on the iconic British leader.
Johnson expressed admiration at Churchill’s ability to drink whiskey at breakfast, work all day and then sit down to write 2,000 words for his latest book after a booze-fueled lunch and dinner.
The Independent via Gulf Today/Oct. 20, 2014
Photos: 1-Boris Johnson:http://coolnessofhind.wordpress.com/; 2-icing sugar: walmart.com
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