"My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together." “When I hear people say politics and religion don't mix, I wonder what Bible they are reading.” (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4.19
"Work out your salvation with fear and trembling." Philippians 2.12
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Happy Birthday John Delaney
Regular readers will know that my good friend (of nearly thirty years standing) the mad physicist and I have a regular Bromance type date every school holiday. He is 56 today. He says 52. Come on folks, who do you really believe? We are the definitive "attraction of opposites": I am witty, charming, urbane, articulate, intelligent, socially skilled, good looking and, most significantly, self-effacing. John is none of these.
Following a lengthy lunch we found ourselves, possibly the worse for alcohol, doing some last minute shopping. This found us in Marks and Spencer's Leeds and, in some strange stroke of fate for two guys who never meet a pupil in town, behind - no, really, you'll laugh - our beloved Boss from the knowledge college.
"Look who it is, look who it is." one of us called John said (perhaps a tad too loudly.)
The Boss and his wife turned to us looking, one has to say, a little like rabbits caught in the headlights.
It's his Birthday. I managed, weakly, (wishing I were somewhere else) as if that somehow explained all.
The Birthday boy, however, came up with "Hehehehehe ..... back passage."
I'm not sure what the Boss said in repost as I was dying a lonely death of humiliation in a corner of menswear.
"Back passage? BACK PASSAGE?" I say to John over (another) restorative beer.
He grins sheepishly. "I have no idea."
What are the chances either of has a job after Christmas?