Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Ink Scrawl Nugget 6

A Great Honour for Mechanics Everywhere. . .
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It was best to start early as a mechanic. It was an art which, ideally, one should learn at one's father's side. Did not the Lord himself learn to be a carpenter in his father's workshop? Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni thought. If the Lord came back today, he would probably be a mechanic, he reflected. That would be a great honour for mechanics everywhere. And there is no doubt but that he would choose Africa: Israel was far too dangerous these days. In fact, the more one thought about it, the more likely it was that he would choose Botswana, and Gaborone in particular. Now that would be a wonderful honour for the people of Botswana; but it would not happen, and there was no point in thinking about it any further. The Lord was not going to come back; we had had our chance and we had not made very much of it, unfortunately.
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From Tears of the Giraffe, the second book in the The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. And here's another nugget from the same book.

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