Saturday, 25 January 2014
Reasons to be cheerful
'I just thought it was an entry form for a poetry competition,' said Horace.
'Oh look really,' replied Captain Bill, 'don't worry about it.'
'And I suppose once Geraldine was on the course she must have worked very hard.'
'Mmm,' replied Captain Bill, 'I suppose so. Although I dare say they've simplified it a lot since my day. It happens all the time, dumbing things down. It's all course work now that's the problem. You probably get half the marks just for staying awake during lessons.'
'Did you have to study for long?'
'Weeks!' replied Captain Bill. 'Three in fact, including weekends.'
'I sometimes take months to write a poem.' said Horace.
'Right,' replied Captain Bill. '......................and there were exams as well.'
'Did you pass them?'
'Eventually! Although they let me off the last couple. I think they knew I wanted to get back.'
'And now you have all the responsibility.'
Yes,' replied Captain Bill, 'despite some people who seem intent on relieving me of it.'
'You don't really get along well with Bertha do you?'
'No, no not really...or Cyril...or Annie...most people actually. I really don't understand why so many people dislike me.'
'Oh!' said Horace, 'I might be able to help you there. Bertha left the list with me.'
'Jealousy possibly? It's understandab...There's a list!!! She's actually drawn up a list!!!!'
'I don't agree with all of it,' replied Horace. 'I thought number 47 was rather unfair.'