Creature Feature

When dining out we’re well aware Our manners are on view We open doors like Fred Astaire Insisting... After you! Which silverware to use and when And how to hold a glass While tackling pommes parisienne Delineate one’s class. But not so in the cinema The difference is stark Because it’s hard to be bourgeois … Continue reading Creature Feature

Model Behaviour

“I’m being sued by the Catholic Church again,” Laverne announced, while reorganising her purse.“I have no words for that.”“How unlike you,” she mused.“Hold on, I thought you were working on a piece about the East African Lion,” I suddenly remembered.“Turns out all they do is sleep. My son can do that.”“Have you ever been to … Continue reading Model Behaviour

Emotional Baggage

Several years ago while travelling around Ukraine I entered the only shop in a remote village to buy a couple of cold drinks. Placing my purchases on the counter, the elderly shopkeeper tallied my bill on an abacus then pushed it toward me. Not entirely up to speed on ancient counting tools which predate our … Continue reading Emotional Baggage

‘Tis The Seasoning

Went out with friends for a Christmas Eve lunch today at The Pu Pu Pot. Everyone was a regular except for Steve who rarely ate foreign. While perusing the menu, Laverne casually asked if anyone had ever tried Shirako. "Sounds Japanese, not Chinese," I said. "The Japanese call it Shirako, you're right," she confirmed, "but … Continue reading ‘Tis The Seasoning