Unfortunately, for the last few days I’ve been preoccupied with sorting out my computer, as all of my data and software was completely wiped because Windows went haywire. Thankfully, all systems are now working fine……
Also, I’ve recently finished reading Picking Up the Pieces by Paul Britton, which was quite interesting – giving me an insight into the minds of the criminally insane – useful knowledge to have, considering some of the loonies I occassionally come across.
On my last visit to my local library I booked out Shooting from the Lip by Katie Puckrik…..a one time presenter of Channel 4′s The Word. Normally, I wouldn’t have given it much attention, but after flicking through some of the pages I found it to be quite amusing…..so I took it home. Did you know that when Puckrik was a kid she lived in Moscow, Soviet Union where her father worked for the US Embassy??? No, well neither did I. My favourite passage so far:
Some mornings as we neared the school gates, we'd pass loitering Russian kids who'd yell, 'You! Americanski! Capitalist!' at us.
A wiry Young Pioneer once blustered at me, ‘Money! You like money, don’t you?‘ like it was a trick question.
For me, the answer was easy.
‘Yeah, I like money. Don’t you?’
Not expecting to have his rhetoric redirected, the YP faltered somewhat.
‘You…you like money?’
This was getting tedious.
‘Yes! And wouldn’t you like a million roubles?‘
Hey – that wasn’t part of the script.
‘Americanski – you like money,’ he concluded, limply.
What was it to them, anyway? Didn’t these Muscovite mites have something better to do? The notion of me standing outside Lenin Learning Institute No. 45 screaming, ‘You! Collective Farmers! You like tractors, don’t you?‘ seemed preposterous. They’d obviously been getting too many sprinklings of propaganda on their bortsch.