The inside story is not quite so inflammable, but during the rite of passage there's a memorable scene in the city centre - Corn Market, naturally - where the glue-sniffers
have convened and the jackets of the delinquents are sprayed up with Crass and the Outcasts.
"Until last year there would be just two of three boys, but now there are several groups," said a resident of Sharjah's Al Majaz area as he walked us down a street that transforms into an agora of glue-sniffers
and ant-smokers most evenings.
He added that while there once were violent exchanges between left- and right-wing groups, such conflicts ended in the '80s and the area is safe, although he claimed that "glue-sniffers
" had begun to take shelter in vacant, partially demolished buildings.
Of the place which he, himself, didn't name, he wrote: "Its main army is a fearsome horde of burglars, glue-sniffers
, vandals, drug addicts and joyriders.
"Quite a few Satanists and glue-sniffers
- in fact, quite a few glue-sniffing Satanists who get very confused, that's why someone's sprayed 'I sold my soul to Santa' on the West Wall - but not many wedding parties.
Hound Dog Days bounces with vivid descriptions of life in the real English countryside where there are otters in rivers, glue-sniffers
in the woods and fisticuffs over fishing rights.
You push your arms behind your back like a bewildered policeman wondering what to do with the glue-sniffers
at the back of Tesco.
Most of the girls are glue-sniffers
, supplementing the cheap high with pills in an effort to stave off thoughts about a tomorrow over which they have no control.
Many residents complained their council-owned accommodation was not up to scratch and a campaign was launched to keep glue-sniffers
Mrs Crowther says her land would be "stolen" from her to create the trail, which she said would become a haven for drug addicts, glue-sniffers
, fly-tippers and litterers.
For when Lawrence John arrived at the car park at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast a passerby told him: "It was glue-sniffers
from the New Lodge."
Maria Edwards, manager of Chasewood Lodge, told the committee: "The land is privately owned anyway and not used by anyone except glue-sniffers
and drug users."