Along with prevaricating less I have also felt that life might be more exciting if I said yes rather than no, before I go further I’d like to state that my answer won’t be yes to everything but just a bit more than I do now. Anyway, that’s how I came to be driving over to Boconnoc Church in order to perform in a Scratch Messiah. In case you don’t know what that means, and one week ago I was in your number, it means a last minute thrown together rehearsal and performance of Handel’s Messiah. When my friends asked me, it sounded like a laugh, I used to be in a competition standard choir when I was younger and I thought I should be OK. At that point I was ignoring a few important facts, I have never sung the Messiah and it was a very long time ago since I was in a choir. I was driving over to meet the girls on a gorgeous Saturday; issues of pee, poo, mud, rugby and boys were left behind and I raced through the autumn countryside humming away to the bits of the Messiah that I knew. Best just clarify that the boys were not responsible for the pee and poo issues. Neither was Steve. Agatha is still providing us with daily challenges but that’s a whole other column. Now where, was I? Ah yes, rolling through the Cornish countryside, trilling out my halleluiahs. Over the week I had managed to listen to the Messiah twice and I discovered that it was a lot longer than I realised, a lot more complicated and a hell of a lot higher than I could manage. Certainly I used to be a soprano but as I’ve got older I have found that my voice, along with other things has started to head south. When I was singing top C it made the boys search for injured cats. My confidence was also beginning to head south.
Anyway England play tonight and by the time you read this we are hopefully on our way to the next rounds.
Steve was looking at an old Zippo the other day and commented on their Lifetime Guarantee, he thought it was a pretty impressive testament to the belief in their product that Zippo were prepared to offer such a guarantee. Now it could be that I’m a picky old soul but to me their offer was good but it was only a lifetime guarantee for the life of their business not of the purchaser’s. Were they seriously suggesting that if Zippo went bust that they had insurance policies in place so that 50 years later a customer could get their money back if the lighter failed. Even if the company had gone bust 30 years previously? It’s just not realistic is it? So a lifetime guarantee sounds good but it’s not your lifetime, it’s theirs.