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Monday, 28 January 2013
The World Turned Upside-Down
About fifty years ago a pop-singer and guitarist, Joe Brown, enjoyed a minor success with a song that went (as I remember) something like this:
"Father's down the dog-track,
Mother's playing bingo,
Grandpa's swearing at the telly,
You should hear the lingo;
No-one seems to notice me,
Isn't it a sin?
What a crazy world we're living in."
Well Joe, I think it's a lot crazier now - this view prompted by the coverage on the BBC of the attempted robbery of a Ladbroke's betting shop by a fifty-year old habitual criminal who at the time of the attempt was wearing a gas-mask of second world war vintage and brandishing a pistol. The would-be robber was tackled by some very brave customers and whilst under restraint, died.
In its earlier reports the BBC referred to a "tragedy"!!! What tragedy please? The death in flagrante so to speak, of a would-be armed robber is NOT a tragedy - it is never a tragedy. Meanwhile in the article, the BBC informs us that the robber's family have said that there will be "no revenge" over the death; nice of them.
The Late Alan Levers - Robber
It just remains for me to add the observation that it would have been a "tragedy" had the above person turned up not wearing his gas-mask...
Until the next time