Saturday, 11 December 2010
The Guardian - Michael Holden's All Ears 11th December
Drugs are bad, mmmmmkay? I was originally going for the 'exploding stomach'imagery but decided against it in the end...
(Article by Michael Holden)
Recently I shared a train carriage with two people whose frank exchange of narcotic chit-chat – while not without its tragedies – was at least a break from the norm.
Woman (glad to have bumped into a mate) "I thought you was in prison!"
Man (equally surprised) "I was, I got done with one bag! Donna got off with two! They said 18 months. Then, they said if I plead guilty I'd get seven. But I didn't know nothing about it. I thought I had to do the whole lot. It was a big surprise to me when they let me out."
Woman "So what you gonna do?"
Man "I'm going on the old Naltrexone."
Woman (cautionary) "If you can be bothered every day."
Man (rueful) "I couldn't sleep for a couple of weeks."
Woman "Well you gotta stay positive. What did your mum to say about it?"
Woman "Went ballistic. Thinks I'm gonna end up like my uncle."
Woman "My area's headed for one of them things where there's not that much shit about; when the good stuff comes back people are gonna start dying."
Man "The stuff I got done with came in at 37/38% – I was quite pleased with that. Did you hear about John's foot?"
Woman "Terrible. Nightmare. He was walking about with bits of bone in his pocket!"
Man (more surprised) "Did you hear about Alannah?"
Woman (nodding) "Her stomach exploded."
Man (with contempt) "Booze."
Later on the drinks trolley came wheeling past; the couple waved it by.