When I was on the bus heading to The Making of Harry Potter. (Yes this is yet another post were I mention it.) There was a woman with an older teenage son and girl. She was very loud, one of those people who think we all want to hear her conversation. I have to say she was one of the thickest people I had ever come across. At one point in the journey they were showing a film about Harry Potters and Warner Brothers in general. When it got to showing clips of other famous films made by the film company she turned to her son and in a very loud voice said ‘Oh look Warner Brothers have made other films besides Harry Potter!’ Her poor son could only mutter ‘Please stop talking!’
When I was planning this blog post and how scathing I was going to be about this poor woman I started to recall times I had made a complete fool of myself I’ll let you judge if mine were worse than hers.
When I was about 8 or 9 my best friend, who was a bit of a science geek, told me if I clapped my hand together too quickly or hard I risked splitting an atom and thus causing a nuclear explosion. Not only did I believe him for several years I was extremely careful not to clap too hard. I even developed a special clap were I cupped my hands as to not trap any atoms.
When I was about 13 or 14 I was queuing with a friend at the cinema and noticed that those with a UB40 card could get in at a reduced rate. I should explain back then a UB40 card was issued to you if you were currently unemployed. UB40 is also the name of a popular reggae band at the time. I turned to my friend and said ‘Oh look the manger is a fan of UB40 I bet they play the music while we wait for the film.’ I will let you guess my friends response.
My third example was again in my teens we were in our tutor room (home room to Americans) listening to the top 40 taped of the radio the previous night. Tapal china in your hands came on. I rather foolishly piped up ‘I don’t get this song, how can you hold a country in your hands?’
Well there it is, compared to me this woman on the Harry Potter bus was an intellectual giant. I shall endeavour be less judgemental and scathing of what other people say in the future.