In some ways and despite its somewhat amusing headline, the Cape Times story which I read this morning was rather sad. But you just can’t help but read a piece entitled: Escaped mental patient stones police and jumps into Durban harbour.
The fact that someone is so ill and so out of their mind that they have to be locked away from society is tragic. That in desperation, they then escape, attack police cars and injure a police officer before throwing themselves into a harbour is perhaps even worse.
But as ever in this crazy country, there is an funny side too. And it’s a lesson that many of us would do well to remember: Perseverance is a wonderful trait.
An hour-long chase ensued before the man jumped into Durban harbour. While in the water, he was still “very aggressively looking for anything to throw”.
Presumably, there weren’t many stones floating around, but this being in an industrial harbour, god knows what he could have found to fling.
I’ve chosen to hide the BA038 post so that people can calm down just a little. It was all getting a bit silly. Especially from 126.96.36.199 – the queue to use that PC to send grammatically poor emails and make inadvertently amusing comments must have been hectic. That’s true dedication from those 1 people, right there.
Sure, it was great for traffic, but actually I would prefer fewer, but higher quality readers. Having half of South Oxfordshire on my back because they disagreed with my opinion was fun, but I soon tired of trying to translate the comments into English so that I could respond. Contrary to what is apparently popular belief, 6000 miles is not an open forum for petty insults and misspelled threats.
So – can we get back to life as normal, please? (That’s power cuts, sunshine, crazy politics, beer – and an unhealthy dose of TB…)
Too many people getting in touch with you from your blog? Too many frivolousness communications* [sic]?
Well, Mark W Beech has stumbled upon the answer in his brilliantly entitled post, Teach me a lesson: Make people buy you stuff if they want to get in touch!
I have set up the “contact me” page on this site to include an Amazon wish list full of Very Short Introduction books on all manner of subjects, and encourage people wanting to contact me to buy me one of those books and send me their message as a gift note.
Yep – that should certainly cut down on the number of “frivolousness communications” he receives. But that’s not the best bit.
I have – admittedly briefly – scanned his blog back to January 2006 and done some rudimentary calculations and it would appear that his site has garnered a whole 3 (three) comments in that 2 year period.
And two of them were from him.
I think that if I were to teach Mark a lesson, it would most likely be to not start building that bookshelf just yet.
Please take the time to give him a comment (that bit is still free) and tell him you saw him here.
* 6000 miles welcomes “frivolousness communications”