Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The most ironic statement of the year.
The effect of the Berlin attack already being felt. Six young soldiers patrolling the streets of the little market town. They're armed to the teeth but are laughing and relaxed as only eighteen year olds can be. At eight in the morning are they finishing a night patrol or starting a morning one ? Angus is shocked at the sight of rifle wielding soldiers on the streets but the French seem relaxed about their presence. '' It's Christmas " says the bakers wife with unintended irony. Upon reflection, her comment is probably the most ironic thing I've heard all year, or quite possibly, ever.
The supermarket has put up a sign saying that bags must be checked due to the state of emergency.
Good news on Sophie's first leg which has healed beautifully. She's 80% there.
Less good news on the second leg. There's a fracture in it. In the month since the operation she's managed to split the bone. The fracture has already started to heal so there's no need for another operation. Just another two months of careful monitoring. The surgeon says ' This often happens when owners are more relaxed - a dog will put their full weight on the leg and 'bam' there it goes without anyone knowing ''. We are at a complete loss to how or when it could have happened. 24/7, 360 degree monitoring is clearly not sufficient for the family diva.
Sophie is oblivious to the diagnosis.
She just wants to roam free and savage her brother.
There will be a new 'final' X-ray in a months time.
Just a record of those little things about life with a dog that make life, life.
In an obscure textbook on Anglo-Turkish relations Angus finds the sentence ' Churchill met President Inonu in a railway carriage outside Adana but lost his temper over the subtlety of the dubitative tense in Turkish ". The writing style may explain the authors ( and the subjects ) obscurity.