I have now settled
back into guiding having recently completed a whole run of tours: general Oxford
ones plus some on Tolkien and Lewis and others on ghosts. There are ups and
downs during all tours of course but I do value the challenge and the
interaction with the general public a lot. Children can be difficult,
especially if they are, as often, on a tour dominated by adults. But they can
also be amusing. Recently I had some really well-behaved youngsters on a tour,
including a seven-year-old lad. I took them into the Queen’s College and at the
end of my usual quite lengthy talk on religion at Oxford University plus the
entry of women I asked if there were any questions. The seven-year-old’s hand
shot up and everyone turned to him expectantly. And his question was, “When is
this going to end?” It was very funny and I rewarded him and the other kids
with a visit to Harry Potter hot spots following that. Amazing that that young
magician’s spell seems to just go on and on.
Photo: Odicalmuse CC SA-BY 4.0
attempting to completely renovate a bathroom including covering the shower
walls with plastic panels ordered via the web. They arrived quite quickly but
the trims for the corners were white whereas I had ordered black. I sent an
email to the suppliers and a few days later a long cardboard box arrived
containing ... yet more white trims. So I emailed as follows
To: DWF Customer
Subject: Re: Order
Have now received the replacement trims and
when I opened the package they too are white!!!! I ordered black to match the
panels I must have BLACK trims. Please replace as soon as possible.
received a reply quite rapidly as follows:
Services via decorwalls.onmicrosoft.com
Mr Walters my head is
in my hands, I can't apologise enough.
The warehouse manager
is flogging the culprit as we speak.
The correct colour
trims will be dispatched today.
The DWF Customer
A long cardboard box did arrive the very next day and I
opened it with some trepidation fearing yet another example of the dominance of
white over black. Yet when I opened it there, at last, were the black trims. So
Thanks for your very
amusing response. I thought black humour was effectively stifled in this woke
world, but two deliveries of white trims have brought it back. And I now have
the black trims and two sets of white trims so you can take your head from your
hands and the flogging of the culprit can cease forthwith.
The reply was rapid and terminated a fun interchange between
two strangers who will never meet:
The culprit will be
delighted that you have pardoned him. Mind you we think he was starting to
On my return from Spain I suffered a sudden plunge in
visitors to my Rob’s Oxford YouTube channel just before views of the channel
reached the 20,000 mark. There seems to be no explanation for this apart from
the vicissitudes of the YouTube algorithm, so I am reacting by preparing a
series of short videos, something suggested by a video expert who viewed some
of my currently active releases. The series is called Oxford Insights and the first video is titled The
. It’s quite funny. Have a look.