Saturday, June 13, 2009

It's not big and it's not clever!...


Now I'd like to talk about a very serious matter indeed. Some young men, and you know who you are, have been up to no good last night riding a certain old bike up and down the High Street in the early hours. A very kind man in his mid twenties, who'd obviously been out on the raz last night himself judging by his dischevelled appearance, came into my shop just now and asked if I'd lost a bike. I didn't realise I had as actually I'd forgotten to put the Mr. Books delivery bike away last night. (Normally she's tucked away safely in the shop.) Now TonbrigeBlog doesn't mind a bit of high jinx on a warm summer evening, but boys did you really have to rip the G-lock off and cause damage to the bike, not to mention losing one of the pedals, which admittedly was loose anyway? Come on lads, how I am I going to make those book deliveries now without me faithful old butchers bike?! It's the first time it's happened in over four years so I suppose I had it coming. I'm particularly annoyed because I was going to ride it in the Tonbridge Carnival tomorrow along the High Street, I guess the young scallies spilling out of SOS, or wherever they'd been, got there first and decided to do a dress rehearsal! And I suppose you all think it's all very amusing.... PS if anyone does find an old looking pedal in the High Street area you know where to bring it....

1 comment:

JonathanH said...

Why have you got a full stop after the "r" in " 'Mr.' Books"? Surely as a literary man you will be aware of the punctuation rule - if the abbreviation ends with the same letter as the word it abbreviates, like Mister and Mr or Doctor and Dr, you don't follow it with a full stop. If the abbreviation and its original end in different letters, a full stop is appropriate - so "Co." for "Company". The French and the Americans do not follow this rule, which is in itself a sound reason for all decent Englishmen to do so punctiliously. Get the paint-pot out.