File Under: It Could Happen To You

February 7th, 2006 · 3 Comments
by Booksquare

Sometimes we look beyond the world of publishing. It’s a surprisingly big planet, all things considered. Yet in all corners of the globe, we find people just like us:

An instant later, Mr Flynn’s 6ft, 13st frame was hurtling towards the first of the vases, all of which were displayed on a windowsill. “Although [I knew] the vase would break I didn’t imagine it would be loose and crash into the other two,” he said. “I’m sure I only hit the first one and that must have flown across the windowsill and hit the next one, which then hit the other, like a set of dominos.”

Mr Flynn, who is reported to have been banned from the museum for the near future, added he was truly sorry.

This is why the husband has banned us from wandering off on our own in public.

File Under: Square Pegs

3 responses so far ↓

  • Bella Stander // Feb 7, 2006 at 2:18 pm

    You can tell this is a foreign story, because if it had happened in the US, the guy who fell down the stairs would have sued the museum for not having a handrail. I’m surprised some enterprising thief hadn’t stolen those vases by now. You’d think the museum’s insurer would have insisted they be secured in place.

  • David Thayer // Feb 7, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    I noticed that Mr. Flynn was ‘banned from the museum for the near future.’ Perhaps the museum needs time to organize a tournament along the lines of lawn bowling, indoors of course, wherein patrons could slide across the polished marble floors into stacks of Chinese vases.

  • Booksquare // Feb 7, 2006 at 9:48 pm

    My, my, Bella, such cynicism. I am impressed. Of course you’ve been to the British Museum where chunks of history are strewn about the basement because it’s clearly too much bother to dust them and put protective glass around them. I won’t suggest that some countries have more antiquities than they can manage, but David’s museum bowling tournament has interesting merit. Though it’s unclear what will constitute a gutter ball.