I’m PC on age – three of my best friends are in their (early) 70s
There’s no going early into that good night with those three. And here’s a tale to stir the heart if you consider picturing your future self like ths, a little grim
On Monday night I went to communion at St Bartholomew the Great. Afterwards there was a performance of St John’s Passion. You could follow the plot on a leaflet or the libretto (German and English) on your phone. I chose to follow on my phone.
There was one pew free, but for an elderly scotsman (Billy) – i was soon to find why Billy was sitting alone. Half way through the second part, with Jesus in the hands of Caiaphas, the Scot slid over to me and started whispering obscenities in my ear about what he’d do if if I didn’t put my f***ing phone away (they don’t bear repeating but suggested that the man was compos menti).
We got to the end and then Blly really went for me. Being up against the cellist and a viola de gamba, i had nowhere to go but to hear him out. “Sacrilege- Disrespecting the musicians – No business being in church” – all of that and a lot of f-bombs. i grimaced and bore it – penitentially.
Coming back the next day to check things out with Father Marcus, who is the vicar. Turns out , he hadn’t noticed – he’d been on his phone too.
i have no problem with my elders giving it me with both barrels, as Con, John and Andy know.
Which is why I enjoyed an evening with John Cooper Clarke last Friday.
Get with it Daddy-o; this is about boomers ; I’d have the Pension Stocktake fronted by Johnny Clarke ; from Beasley St to Beasley Boulevard – thanks to my #pension https://t.co/IN4sCLVeZc pic.twitter.com/kRRMhbZuTa
— Henry Tapper (@henryhtapper) April 12, 2022
There is a vocal faction of gainsayers to the softly softly engagement strategies put forward by the Pensions Minister and others. i suspect that Al is one of them
Get comfortable with retirement – sort your shoebox of shame. https://t.co/KNBJJQwu4s
— Henry Tapper (@henryhtapper) April 13, 2022
Well Al, having spent the Pension PlayPen coffee morning chairing a run through of such a gruesome advice/guidance proposition, I agree. Better Johnny.
Let’s put Dr Johnny Clarke in charge of this £1m ABI campaign to promote the Pension Statement Season. He could spice things up with a few of his observations (such as on ageing bikers – “tyres are knackered, knackers are tired“) or hs recent research into the three upsides of having Alzheimer’s.
The first is you get to meet new people every day.
The second is you get to hide your own Easter eggs.
The third is you get to meet new people every day
Rather like “Billy” who assaulted me in the church, Johnny is a necessary antidote to liberal sentimentality. So’s Al Rush (old before his time).