Day 16 – 8th of April 2020
In which our hero takes a more contemplative journey and ends up feeling he’s on a ‘roll’.
“We are all of us obliged, if we are to make reality endurable, to nurse a few little follies in ourselves.”
After the rigours of yesterday’s ……. may I call it a discourse? Of course, you are free to describe it as a rant. I allowed myself the pleasure of a stroll. As is the ‘law of the land’ (please pronounce this in your head as if it was Inspector Clouseau speaking) any stroll is not to be without a purpose. I had three purposes (are you keeping the Clouseau accent going?). My purposes were: exercise (of the light variety), contemplation (on the meaning and practice of social distancing) and shopping.
I share my journey with you as a photo-essay.
Now, at this point I switch from contemplation mode and into a combination of shopping and exercise mode. I yomped (Maggie Thatcher fans should love that term *) up towards Acton to buy a ‘few bits and pieces’. Now, my mate Brooksy made a special request for another picture of a bacon sandwich, which is surprising because Brooksy is a builder and is still working so he can get bacon sandwiches whenever he wants. However, when I was in Plum Duff the bakers I opted for a different variety of unhealthy snack. So, unhealthy snack in hand I strolled back (yomping would have spilled my take away flat white) and was a very naughty boy and sat on a bench on whatever common we have decided it is and munched. **
While munching I had pause to reflect on my abject failure to maintain my plant based eating regime – well, since the last bacon sandwich anyway, but consoled myself that had he been with me, if he was true to his writing, Marcel Proust would have approved because, to be fair, eating processed sausage meat is a folly. I can’t help it. I mean, not all the time anyway.
Finally, dawdling home I had the opportunity to reflect, once more on social distancing and so decided I would finish today’s Blog with a good example of responsible behaviour and to name and shame an example of failure to keep up the slightest pretense of a safe distance.
* The term became really popular so Maggie provided some people lots of opportunities for ‘Yomping’ across islands in the South Atlantic.
** Stationary munching is now proscribed under the – are you still in Clouseau mode? – Law. One must munch while actively taking exercise or shopping, sitting on a bench doesn’t count even if its a sausage roll or Tennants Extra or both.