I suppose what one does on a footpath is wander. Also wonder. I read the
linked story and thought, “There’s a back story we’re not getting.” Why were
the two men so interested in the caravan? The burglars were armed with a
wooden mallet, cable ties, a bottle of bleach and a funnel? Sounds like
something straight out of one of Guy Ritchie’s films.
Which caused me to reflect on the developing career of Matt Ritchie. I
wondered why Bournemouth sold him, but he seems to be thriving at Newcastle.
And then I returned to today’s task, re-reading John Ellis, “The Social History
of the Machine Gun.” The best illustration in this work is the nineteenth
century equivalent of one of those cars they send to motor shows, a car the
company never expects to build, a “concept car.” Some days I think the concept
of this kind of concept should be extended to say, concept meetings or concept
educational outcomes, ones that are a little shinier than the real thing?
Anyway, here on page 89 is a concept camel, one with a Gatling attached.
Having heard a Gatling fired, I can well imagine the effect on a camel.
I put one of my own conceptions to use today. I finally did. Being one of the
few people on the planet with a landline, I get a good number of calls that
begin with clicks before we are connected to the call center. We used to have
a script ending, “Please take us off your list.” No doubt the well-paid soul
at the other end would beckon his supervisor over and say, “These nice people
just asked, very politely, to be taken off the list. Can we arrange that?”
When we had the aquarium I would sometimes put the phone down on top of the
pump. Lately I’ve just been hanging up, which is not very inventive. But
today I put into action a plan that had occurred to me in a quiet moment.
Ring, ring. “Hello?”
Connection noises. Guy on the other end, “Hello.”
I say, “Your call is very important to us. Please hold.”
And then I put the phone on my desk and continue to read.
I counted three more “Hellos” before he hung up.
What I really wanted to mention was today’s piece by Declan Walsh, of the New
York Times. “After 4 Years in Jail and Now Acquitted, an Irishman in Egypt
Awaits His Release,” the headline reads. The Irishman’s name is Ibrahim
Halawa. His release was welcome by the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar.
On another page President Trump says he’d like a grand military parade on July
4, something like what the French have done on July 14.
The world stays the same, gets more diverse, changes.
And we carry on.
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