Jan 152015

Picture by John Allcock
Artist: John Allcock

The old ones are the best

‘I didn’t recognize you with your clothes on.’

‘Ha ha! Could I draw out thirty pounds please.’

I get this one-liner at least once a week. The building society clerk today; a postman on his rounds tomorrow; a woman walking her dog. I never recognize any of them.

I take my little fistful of life savings back to the Oxfam shop which has got this most amazing antique lace christening gown at a rip-off price but I want it so much. I’ll probably be able to get a pram for less.

It won’t exactly be a christening, what with me not being religious. But something; some naming thing. A massive celebration, anyway.

In Franco’s I start a name list on a paper napkin.

And that’s where I pick up his text.

‘Imposs. Soz.’


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