Saturday, 2 October 2010
The Guardian - Michael Holden's All Ears 2nd October
I seem to have been drawing a lot of animal / bus concoctions of late...must be something in the air...I research my demographics very thoroughly you know*
(*possibly a fib)
(Article by Michael Holden)
At a bus stop around 5pm two women, acquainted by their journey home, were discussing the lateness of the previous day's transport, a trip that one of them had missed out on and whose details the other eagerly relayed.
Woman 1 "Well it was packed."
Woman 2 "Because of the delay?"
Woman 1 "Because of the delay, so I had to go upstairs."
Woman 2 "I can't get up there any more. My legs won't have it."
Woman 1 "Well I'm not keen, but of course, once you get up there, the view looks very different, you see all kinds of things."
Woman 2 (sceptical) "Maybe."
Woman 1 "Up by London Road, you can see into one of the gardens, and there's two Shetland ponies kept there!"
Woman 2 "No!"
Woman 1 "Just there in the garden."
Woman 2 "You'd think the RSPCA would get involved."
Woman 1 "Well you wonder. I wondered if maybe the person had some land somewhere and they were just resting them there, I don't know."
Woman 2 (having none of it) "You'd think the animal rights would be on to them."
The bus arrived.
Woman 1 "We can sit upstairs if you like, maybe they're still there."
Woman 2 (after due consideration) "No."
I went to the upper deck, scanned backyards for tiny horses and saw none. And by the time my stop came the women had gone, too. Still, I have my mission for the autumn now – find the ponies. Exactly the kind of futile obsession that makes life bearable.