Life imitates art


By Jenni Frazer
June 4, 2010
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Phone rings in the JC Newsroom. "Is that the Jewish Chronicle?"

Me: "Yes."

She: "I know you will think this is silly, but... it's about this so-called aid convoy."

Me: "Yes?"

She:"Well, I wondered if the Israelis had read PD James' book, The Black Tower."

(I am now wondering if it was the right thing to do to have answered the phone.)

Me: "Why?"

She: "Well, you see, in the book, a religious community is on its way to Lourdes. They are meant to be irreproachable and moral, and they are taking wheelchairs with them. And it turns out that the wheelchairs are being used to transport drugs. And I read that there were wheelchairs on the Gaza ship. And I just wondered if someone might ask the Israelis if they had checked the wheelchairs. Because the plot is so similar, you see."

(Me, with difficulty): "Have you thought of calling the Israeli embassy?"

She: "I don't think English is their first language. And they might not have read PD James. But if you could just call them..."

It's a joy working here.

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Blacklisted Dictator

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 13:13

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Phone rings in the JC Newsroom.

Me: "Is that Jenni Frazer?"

Jenni: "Yes"

Me: " Hello Jenni, this is the Blacklisted Dictator "

Jenni: "Oh hello BD, lovely to hear from you. What did you think of "Life imitates Art?"

Me: "I never read PD James. But I agree with your premise. It happens all the time."

Jenni: "So.. What are you reading?"

Me: " 'The Untouchable' by John Banville. It is a novel based on the life of Anthony Blunt.You know, the bloke who was stripped of his knighthood because he was spying for The Russians . Have you read it?"


Jenni Frazer

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 14:08

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BD has a rich internal life. As is evident.


allanlewis

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 15:44

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Jenni, it sounds to me like you've been called by a TV or radio show rather than a member of the public...


Joshua18

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 19:01

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"It's a joy working here"

I'm sure that will gladden Elie Wiesel's heart.


Jenni Frazer

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 19:30

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Guys, guys... first, I do know the difference between a tv or radio show and a member of the public. The lady was completely and utterly genuine, which is why it was so charming..
As for Joshua18, I am really driven to wonder if the number in his pseudonym refers to his IQ or his shoe size, so desperate is he to have another go at me for something else I wrote. Calm down, Joshua.
Have a lovely and peaceful Shabbat, both.


Blacklisted Dictator

Fri, 06/04/2010 - 19:44

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Jenni,
What size shoes do you take?


Blacklisted Dictator

Tue, 06/08/2010 - 21:52

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Someone gave me a minus mark for my last comment. Own up. Who did it?


Nilsson

Fri, 06/11/2010 - 02:24

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Smuggling drugs in a wheelchair was a key plot point in an episode of 'Inspector Morse' called 'Deceived by Flight'.

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