Came to the U.K. to work in Norwich for a few weeks, but I have ended up in Nottingham. Therefore, it is, perhaps, understandable that I occasionally refer to Nottingham as Norwich. Does the train to Norwich also invariably decide to wait an extra ten minutes before entering its destination, rather than being on time?
Anyway, with the reference being there, I thought it appropriate to pick up on a story in the Independent and all the more so as I was actually in the vicinity of the Olympic torch on Thursday only to decide to make a beeline for the station and back to my sister’s in Sheffield …. and, yes, the train did wait outside Sheffield station rather than be on time.
Anyway the Independent reports that “a 15-year-old Ethiopian boy who came to Britain to run with the Olympic torch as part of an international charity programme has gone missing in Nottingham” . Now, having also worked in Ethiopia, it would appear that I have been quite lucky with the reference in this story, and I might even expect that the Police, who “have launched a search but do not suspect foul play” have rather selfish concerns regarding the lad, who has, after all, family in London, and, while I might think that Nottingham is, like Sheffield and Norwich, hardly the bees-knees, our young Abebe Bikila could see it a bit differently ….. and the UKBA, we can be sure, are already tracking him down to deport him. Of course, it goes without saying that if England had a few more people with similar initiative, the trains would at least run on time. Will be interesting to see if they catch him, after all, he is probably at least as fast as the trains in this country. Let him stay, I say!