Coming back from the city centre yesterday the man in front of me on the Park & Ride bus was on his mobile. The conversation was typically banal and instantly forgettable. “Hello” … “Are you well?” … “We had a good meeting last week. There were 10 or 12 people there.” … And then, suddenly, he said:
“What about the man who had to have his leg off? How did he take it?”
I resisted the temptation to offer the obvious reply, turned to Mary who was clearly as bemused as I was and chuckled silently to myself. The rest of the call provided no clue to the answer to these questions, so I guess we’ll never know.
I’ve always been a bit ambivalent about mobile phones. Are they an essential part of modern living or more of a curse than a benefit? You choose.