FRIDAY 4 APRIL
WORLD RAT DAY
Big hugs from all truckshunters to our handsome mascot Grosvenor, the black rat, on this special day. And thanks once again to Lawrence for looking after him so well.
SILVER THREADS AND GOLDEN NEEDLES
As I mention on-air occasionally, there seems to be a suspiciously large number of truckshunters who choose to contribute the The Nightshift’s content anonymously. Sometimes, envelopes with Ian Robinson scrawled on them are left at Reception here but it’s much more common for them to be posted and to end up in my pigeon-hole upstairs in the post-room. It’s always gratifying to see them, of course; it makes me feel quite smug, as a matter of fact, whenever I get bombarded by a cascade of two or three letters a week.
But the anonymity is unsettling. Is this one listener repeatedly posting items to me out of shyness or a sense of false modesty (or even well-founded shame)? Or is there really an army of truckshunters out there scouring libraries, newspapers, magazines and the internet for Nightshift titbits? I don’t wish to sound ungrateful but - whoever you are - please give your name(s) so that I can give you credit on-air. After all, you deserve it.
The latest example of this anonymous largesse is a wonderful list of quotes and thoughts about the perils of growing old - or at least older. I got it this morning and below are some of the lovely things in it. There’ll be more on the programme itself next week....
You know you’re getting old when -
- your back hurts;
- you eat food past its sell-by date;
- your carpet is patterned;
- you go shopping at the supermarket in the evening to pick up marked-down bargains;
- you can spell;
- you hang your clothes on padded hangers;
- you try to get electrical gadgets repaired when they go wrong;
- you save the little packets of sugar from cafes;
- you watch old black-and-white films on tv and keep on saying ‘He’s dead’, ‘She’s dead’.
I’m sure you can think of some more!
‘Mick Jagger told me the wrinkles on his face were laughter lines - but nothing’s THAT funny’ George Melly
‘Don’t worry about avoiding temptation; as you grow older, temptation starts avoiding YOU’ Anon
‘The doctor said ‘I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that you’re not a hypochondriac’. Bob Monkhouse
More thoughts about growing old gratefully accepted.
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