Theodore Dalrymple

Global warning | 16 June 2007

It is a sign of the times, I suppose, that there are crimes of which I approve

I was sitting in a train recently, wondering why everyone’s mobile telephone conversations, except my own, were so utterly banal, when a young black man sitting two rows behind me answered the irritating wail of his instrument of the devil. He began to speak, and I wished that I had learnt shorthand.

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