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On the bus going home tonight a woman stared at me as if I was one of Robert Halpern's guinea pigs. I did what any other member ofthe species would have done in the same circumstances: fingered my l‘ly. [can report. hand on heart and without a blush. that there was no embarrassing expose’ of M & S undergarments. I looked up from the book I always bury myselfin with a ‘so there' insoucianee and found that I was still being given the up periscope treatment. This time I didn‘t know where to look. Perhaps I had jam on my face? I ran my hand around my chops and it came back as it was. I felt for my briefcase in panic. lest I had left it open. revealing a pristine copy of The Independent magazine. a Tupperware luncheon box and the Silicon‘s snapshots of Barra. It was by my side. locked steadfast and as still as a Buckingham Palace guardsman. I was as puzzled at my predicament as Gregor Samsa was at his and I was mightily relieved when the woman wiggled out of her seat and made for the stairs. At the top she paused before descending and looked hard at me. like a hanging judge about to pass sentence. Only when she was clicking along the pavement did it register that she was once a near-neighbour ofours. the one La Belle Dame christened the Valkyrie. I don‘t have a nose for faces. I find myselfgiving knowing smiles to folk
How to lose face by forgetting a face. Alan 'l‘ayloron what's in a name.
in the street who look vaguely familiar and who turn out to be old school chums. Once at a party I spent the evening in animated conversation with a chap who asked. as he headed offinto the night. why I kept calling him Neil. ‘Neil‘s a nice name.’ I said. 'But I'm called Simon.‘ he said.
It‘s very difficult to climb out of a hole like that. You’d think experience would make it easier. but it doesn‘t. But worse was to come on Ian Bell‘s last night of freedom which also coincided with the launch of Virago‘s Scottish classics in The Fruitmarket. It was the usual melee. The promise of raw carrot and
caulillow er and sponsored
deliy dr iiion had flushed some rum sorts li'oni their bunkers and they were. it y ou‘ll excuse the vernacular. getting tore in. It was not a pretty sight and ( 'lierry and I did our best to turn a civilised check in the direction ofour hosts. But two against so many stood little chance. There was every chance of a repeat of the performance at the same venue
w hen Big Arthur leaned on what he thought was a table for his cold platierxbut w as in fact a high-tech exhibit. and smashed it in two. 'I'hat sent the Arts ( ‘ouncil boffins scurrying for the Iivostick I can tell you. At least there were no obstacles
in the way of inebriates this time as they tumbled to the floor like rubber skittles. Still erect. l was a little peeved at the behaviour of n.y countrymen and when one of the Virago representatives asked me who a particular hombre was. I said. pointing an accusatory finger. ‘I lim. just another drunk Scottish writer. I suppose.’ ‘No. no. not lir'ni.‘ she shrieked. as ifshe‘d just won an inﬂatable Billy (‘onnolly in a raffle. "I‘hat's my husband!‘
How was I to know‘.’ I swear I‘d never seen the man before in my life. Would that the Aged Parent could say the same. A couple of (‘hristmasses ago he asked the Brother to pick him tip from his office party. By the time he arrived it had degenerated into a disco and the Brother had difficulty in pin—pointing Aged what with the party hats. sausage-rolls and all. Eventually be located him at the bar. joined his company and was invited to partake of libation. Embracing a lager he made polite conversation and asked how the Yuletide celebrations had gone. ‘(irand. grand.‘ said Aged. ‘When are you thinkingofheading off home‘.’.' asked the Brother. ‘Any time now.‘ said Aged. ‘l‘m just waiting for my son to come and pick me up.” ‘I am your son.‘ said the Brother. his inheritance ﬂashing before his eyes. Rarely. I think. has there been a more cruel ease ofmisidentification.
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