Saturday, 27 March 2010
Guardian All Ears 27th March
What sort of man has a name like 'Bear' for god's sake? Read on for clarity...
(Article by Michael Holden)
I like it when I know what people are talking about and was thus elated and frustrated in equal measure when the conversation at the next table in the pub moved from familiar to puzzling terrain.
Woman “Bear Grylls is a dick.”
Man 1 “Bruce Parry’s the one.”
Woman “Bear Grylls kills spiders. Spiders that he’s already upset.”
Man 1 “He’s no Ray Mears, that’s for sure.”
Man 2 “He pissed in his turban.”
Man 1 “Who?”
Man 2 “Bear Grylls.”
Man 1 (as confused as I was by this revelation) “Pissed in who’s turban?”
Man 2 “He pissed in his own turban.”
Man 1 (as though that made sense) “Oh, okay.”
I went outside to consider where, if anywhere, the truth might lie in this allegation, only to find two men smoking in the midst of an equally odd dialogue.
Smoker 1 “Your days as a narcissist are numbered.”
Smoker 2 “There’s a puritan backlash”
Smoker 2 “Definitely. And it’s only going to get worse.”
Back inside the backlash had already begun.
Woman “I don’t see how he can get away with it-pissing in a turban.”
Man 1 (hoping he would be saying this for the last time) “IT WAS HIS OWN TURBAN!”
Woman (after a considered delay) “That doesn’t make it alright.”