Gammelsmurfen i Nyehusen

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Av Krister - 4 november 2010 22:09

 Egentligen borde man väl sluta att förundra sig. Men i "allmänhetens tjänst" och för att glädja oss nyfikna kan man tydligen tillåta sig att göra vad som helst....

 Konstaterar att den senaste bokutgivningen torde vara att anse som ganska lyckad. För författaren-na i alla fall


 Kan dock inte förstå varför köparna anser att det har ett så publisistiskt värde att man måste springa benen av sig för att införskaffa ett exemplar.


 TV-debatt skulle (givetvis) också ta upp detta viktiga ämne. Som tur är finns mäjligheten att både låta bli att läsa, samt även att använda TVapparatens knapp för avstängning.


 Tror knappast att jag kommere att ligga vaken vridande mig i svåra plågor för att jag inte läste kvällspressens åsiktereller tittade på debatten....


 Kunde dock inte undgå att höra det stora allvar som kvällsnyheterna på SVT tog upp ämnet där inbjuden expert berättade hur dum han ansåg huvudpersonen i boken vara.

 Tydligen borde han kommentera en bok han ännu inte läst. Att låta bli detta ansåg experten fruktansvärt och tanklöst.




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Av Krister - 4 november 2010 21:38

Cookies by Douglas Adams (author: "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy")


This actually did happen to a real person, and the real person was me.


I had gone to catch a train. This was April 1976, in Cambridge, U.K I was a bit early for the train. I'd gotten the time of the train wrong.

 I went to get myself a newspaper to do the crossword, and a cup of coffee and a packet of cookies. I went and sat at a table.


 I want you to picture the scene. It's very important that you get this very clear in your mind.

Here's the table, newspaper, cup of coffee, packet of cookies. There's a guy sitting opposite me, perfectly ordinary-looking guy wearing a business suit, carrying a briefcase.


 It didn't look like he was going to do anything weird. What he did was this: he suddenly leaned across, picked up the packet of cookies, tore it open, took one out, and ate it.

Now this, I have to say, is the sort of thing the British are very bad at dealing with. There's nothing in our background, upbringing, or education that teaches you how to deal with someone who in broad daylight has just stolen your cookies.

 You know what would happen if this had been South Central Los Angeles. There would have very quickly been gunfire, helicopters coming in, CNN, you know. . .  


 But in the end, I did what any red-blooded Englishman would do: I ignored it. And I stared at the newspaper, took a sip of coffee, tried to do a clue in the newspaper, couldn't do anything, and thought, what am I going to do?


In the end I thought, nothing for it, I'll just have to go for it, and I tried very hard not to notice the fact that the packet was already mysteriously opened. I took out a cookie for myself. I thought, that settled him. But it hadn't because a moment or two later he did it again. He took another cookie.


 Having not mentioned it the first time, it was somehow even harder to raise the subject the second time around. "Excuse me, I couldn't help but notice . . ." I mean, it doesn't really work.


 We went through the whole packet like this. When I say the whole packet, I mean there were only about eight cookies, but it felt like a lifetime. He took one, I took one, he took one, I took one. Finally, when we got to the end, he stood up and walked away.


 Well, we exchanged meaningful looks, then he walked away, and I breathed a sigh of relief and sat back. A moment or two later the train was coming in, so I tossed back the rest of my coffee, stood up, picked up the newspaper, and underneath the newspaper were my cookies.


 The thing I like particularly about this story is the sensation that somewhere in England there has been wandering around for the last quarter-century a perfectly ordinary guy who's had the same exact story, only he doesn't have the punch line.


(Excerpted from "The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time" by Douglas Adams)

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