Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Don't worry. This isn't as negative a blog post as it may sound.
Today I was struck by how many pointless things happen all around us. My first inkling of this came to me while travelling to the train station in a thick fog. Most car drivers had sensibly put on their headlights. A silly few suicidal sleepy-heads were driving unlit. Then there were those who'd put on their sidelights only. Why are cars fitted with sidelights? What do they do? What are they for? The cars with sidelights on may as well have not bothered. You could only see them from about 10 feet away. That's when I thought to myself ... what a pointless invention! Why not have lights or no lights? Why this in-between, dim and pointless sidelights nonsense?
The second pointless thing was railway announcements. It started well when the speakers at High Wycombe station announced that 'the train now standing at Platform 1 terminates here'. Platform 1 is a dead end. Then, a short while later, passengers on board the train at Platform 2 were asked to ensure 'that they take all of their property with them when exiting the train'. This was about 30 seconds before the arrival of the train. But lest you think it's just High Wycombe Station, think again (I should point out that it's a great station; clean, well-kept, and with helpful, courteous staff. And Chiltern Railways who operate the line is the most efficient in the UK. I thought I'd better say). On a later train journey, on the London Underground, the in-carriage announcements were out of synch with reality and told us, as we arrived at each station, the name of the one before. Great fun. Especially for the tourists.
And then there was this building I spotted in Earls Court. I presume that the left hand building was built after the right and therefore obscures at least two thirds of the advertisement. There is no gap between the buildings. And these are not new buildings. So how long has that pointless third of an advert been there? Why hasn't anyone got rid of it? And what did it advertise? My bet is something to do with holidays in Gotham City.
So, can you suggest some equally pointless things?
Government ministers and departments are exempt.