Saturday, 15 November 2008
Guardian All Ears 15th November
Got slightly carried away with computer geek magazine detail - predicting the new feline themed Mac OS X version - remember I got there first!
(article by Micheal Holden)
I spend enough time in my local library to know by sight the others who do the same and I recognize and respect the hierarchy that exists there, especially among those who have nowhere else to go. Their leader is a bald man, in his sixties perhaps, who can read a single newspaper for up to eight hours. He seldom speaks, except to remonstrate with those who break his self-inflicted protocols of behaviour. The other day though he began almost flirting with woman half his age who was reading a computer magazine at his table.
Man (realizing they were both staring at the rain) “Time to go somewhere else perhaps. Like Morocco.”
Woman (smiling) “Yes”
Man (showing her the weather reports in his paper) “It’s warmer there, see.”
Woman (still smiling) “Yes.”
Man (pointing out a news story) “Did you see this? A pensioner 86, I think, confronted these two robbers. They probably went into shock, people don’t expect it, I mean once you're that age they pretty much write you off, nobody expects anything from you.”
The woman nodded, but her smile seemed more laboured.
Man (pointing at the story again) “Look I was right! They fled in shock, and there were about 50 people standing there doing nothing, the usual story.”
Man (noticing an advert on the same page) “Are you planning on visiting the Byzantine exhibition at the Royal Academy?”
Woman (unnecessarily firm) “No. I’m not interested.”
Man (unphased) “Well, I guess, these are things from the beginning of history, you're young. There would be no point in you going anyway.”