I met a dinosaur last night. Had a difficult Monday, as usual, they seem to get grimmer every week. Made the mistake of cutting through a student campus on my way to meet a friend and many students were sitting out in the sunshine. My heart gave a jump, I wanted to be back teaching again, so rewarding and now just another loss to add to the long list.

Choir in the evening and we were waiting for the choirmaster to arrive. A group of women in their seventies or so in the front row chatting. Suddenly a male member of the choir arrived and went up to them, ‘Jabber, jabber, jabber, you’re like a flock of birds tweeting away.’ They’re of a generation to have put up with those sort of comments all their lives, so they did what the powerless have done all their lives, just went quiet for a bit, then started talking again. I was outraged being of a generation when women don’t expect to be told to be quiet just for talking – or indeed any other reason.

I tried to see it from his point of view, I think he couldn’t bear the idea that they were taking no notice of him. Tyrannosaurus  rex had arrived and no one blinked an eye. I also considered having it out with him, but decided it wasn’t worth it.

On second thoughts, more a fossil than a dinosaur.


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