on this grey and dismal day. That’s about all we can do.
“Alice laughed. 'There's no use trying,' she said. 'One can't believe impossible things.'
I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. *
We had Brexit not so long ago, Although, in the scheme of things, Brexit isn’t on a par with what happened yesterday, the immediate impact on this side of the Atlantic was tremendous. Even for the winners. Impossible things seem to happen more and more and leave more and more people shell-shocked.
‘What I tell you three times is true.’ **
The morons are on the march everywhere.
Which reminds me of a story my foot health practitioner told me. She also works as a telephone operator for the WM Police - privatised, of course - and takes calls from sometimes desperate, sometimes urgent but mostly daft callers; some get passed on, for others there’s advice, yet others make no sense and are beyond help. This story is actually quite sad, as well as hard to believe, but true.
“Hallo, my car seems to have disappeared from where I left it.”
“Oh dear, I am sorry, may I take some particulars?”
Particulars, like name, address, car registration etc, duly taken, the operator continues.
“You are certain the car was parked in front of your house?” The caller is a lady in her 80s, the assumption that she might have been mistaken is not completely unlikely.
“Yes, I always leave it there. I had come in from shopping. A friend called and we chatted and when she left I saw the car was gone.” It was in the evening - grocery shops are open late in the UK.
The operator remains calm and friendly. “I take it you heard nothing. Presumably the car was locked? The thief had to break in?”
“Oh no,” the old lady said, “I always leave it open. That’s what I do. It sits just in front of my house, you see.”
“Ah, you might have a problem with your Insurance then. Where was the key, did you take it in?”
“Oh no, I always leave it in the ignition, that’s what I do, you see.”
There is no way the operator could say 'you silly old bat’; she has to remain calm and concerned and keep breathing. And probing.
“What else was in the car, anything else that could identify it as your property? I will be putting a general call out right away and the more details we have the better.”
“Well, there was my shopping, I hadn’t had a chance to bring it in. And, of course, my handbag, on the seat in front. Where I left it when I came into the house with my friend. I’ve done that before and nothing happened."
The operator remained totally professional. “And what was in the handbag, your purse maybe . . . . “
“Oh yes, my purse with some cash, my cards and bits and pieces like that.” The old lady paused and repeated what she had said several times before. “It’s what I do, you see. It’s what I do.”
*Alice in Wonderland
** The Hunting of the Snark
by Lewis Carroll