June 6, 2012
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Guru once went travelling round Europe with very little money. One of his least fond memories was being holed up in an all-night bar in Prague to avoid paying for a hostel after a coach journey from Berlin that left more night than was desirable.
Guru was quickly spied by a patron who appeared to have been drinking since the fall of Communism. On discovering that Guru was English (probably through Guru telling him to go away), the man proceeded to imitate the Doppler effect while thrusting his hands towards and then rapidly away from Guru’s face. On about an hour’s sleep this nauseating performance seemed to go on for an eternity, until, after eternity had finished, Guru was saved by his more rested travelling companion (Guru can’t sleep on coaches) returning from the bar. Guru’s companion explained that the man was imitating Spitfires, evoking Britain’s heroic defenders of the sky during World War II. Quite why he was doing it was not apparent.
Anyway, the point of this story, which should be blindingly obvious, is that young people get coaches and then have to wait around places. That’s just how it is and it’s fine. Those young people who had to wait for two hours under London Bridge before volunteering at the Jubilee should count themselves lucky that they didn’t have some Czech lunatic recreating the Battle of Britain for them.