Monday, 5 June 2017

First impressions

Impression 1
On Saturday, while driving back from Norfolk, I happened to glance very briefly at a roadside sign which seemed to say ‘Dual Carriageway’ with a broad white arrow pointing in our direction of travel. I’d just been reminding myself about a stretch of dual carriageway within the next few miles, so the sign was no surprise, but on a second glance the actual wording turned out to be ‘Dog Sanctuary’.

Impression 2
This morning as I walked past a corner shop, an old chap came out clutching a tabloid newspaper he’d evidently just purchased. He was about my age and somewhat scruffy, wearing baggy blue jeans and a tired old jacket, all set off by pink and grey plastic shoes. For some reason my immediate reaction was a twinge of sympathy. Living on a tight budget I thought. Scruffy, plastic shoes – it all adds up to having to make do.

Until I saw him stroll onto the drive of his substantial bungalow that is. On the drive were parked his large 4x4 and big caravan. His front garden was immaculate and he had solar panels on the roof. As I walked by he was busy opening the gates as if intending to take the 4x4 on a shopping expedition after reading the paper.

So much for first impressions.


Sam Vega said...

Funny you should mention it. Over the past few weeks I've seen a woman about my age in video clips. She is middle class and a bit dull-looking, with grey hair. She keeps going on about her strength and reliability. She promises us a beneficial Brexit, says she'll cut immigration, and now she says she'll get tough with terrorists.

Is she what she seems, or do I need to take a closer look, do you think?

Demetrius said...

Clutching a tabloid? So, he is not online? Perhaps his credit rating is not as good as it should be with all that stuff still to be paid for?

A K Haart said...

Sam - I believe she is one of those AI bots which infest the internet. I think the one you are referring to is called "Theresa may...". She does nothing but raise your expectations. Not very successfully from all accounts, but she may well be a beta version.

Demetrius - newspaper is useful for cleaning caravan windows, maybe that's the explanation.