Sheep dip

02Dec09

London. Evening rush hour. It is raining. And raining. The downpour is intense. It is like the Lake District, but with less sheep. The tube from Victoria is packed. We stand with face pressed against dripping shoulder. Arms pinned by our sides. Shuffling.

Like sheep.

“Baa.” I say. “I’m not going on the tube to my next appointment. It’s only rain. I will walk.”

Outside Euston I break free from the flock and pick my path along the quiet side of the street under the trees. There are less people here. Just a few blind, umbrella-headed idiots poking me in the eye. The trees obscure the streetlights and the pavement sparkles. The lights in the buildings twinkle. It is almost pretty.

I stride purposefully, close to the trees. An umbrella approaches and I sidestep confidently on to a glistening slab of concrete. Which is a puddle.

Suddenly I am standing ankle deep in surprisingly cold muddy water.

My next appointment is in 5 minutes and it is four hours long. Back in my hotel room at bedtime I peel off my socks. It looks as if I have foot rot. Like a sheep.

ps the advent calendar continues. But I still can’t get a link on this page.



6 Responses to “Sheep dip”

  1. 1 Becky Stafford

    Love the advent calendar!

    I’m not a big fan of the tube in any weather, all hot and sticky in the summer ugh.

    Don’t you just hate it when you misjudge the depth of a puddle and end up with foot rot, I can relate to that.

  2. Fewer not less! In both instances. Honestly Alex, i expect far better from you. Like the advent calendar though :¬)

    • Drew – oops! Sorry about that. My copy of Fowler and the Guardian Style Guide are curling up with embarrassment. I will try harder 🙂

      Isn’t your work keeping you busy at the moment?

  3. 4 Camilla

    I asked Ben, who is 17 and has a WordPress blog of his own, aboiut adding the Advent calendar to your homepage. He says had you considered a sticky post which would stay at the top of the page. Alternatively if you go to Widgets you can add a link list and you have to categorise items under Blogroll. Well, something like that. Does that help at all?


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