In my last blog post I gave an account of a recent conversation I had with a shop assistant in a branch of WH Smith. The post gave rise to some stinging controversy in the comments, which on reflection, I thought I’d better address. So, in the name of full disclosure, I feel I should point out at this stage that the account of the conversation I provided last week was not a particularly accurate one. A more accurate version follows here:
Me :: [Handing over a card with the meerkat on it which I was buying for my grandmother, who likes meerkats] Just that please.
Lady :: Are you interested in half price Dan Brown today?
Me :: I’m sorry?
Lady :: You can order Dan Brown’s latest book for half price.
Me: Wow. No, I’m alright actually. And do you have to ask everybody that?
Lady: Aye. Sometime it’s Dan Brown, sometimes it’s half-price chocolates.
Me: Ha! Well, good day to you, Ma’am.
Lady: Good day to you, sir. Do come again!
Sorry if I misled anyone with my slightly doctored version below. It was never my intention to hoodwink or disconcert. I guess I was trying to be funny or something. Please accept my sincere apologies.
In other news, I am in my super spacious new room in London and today - because I think it will do me good - I started reading The Da Vinci Code. At the moment I'm only two chapters in, but I must say, it really is eminently readable.