Delayed bus causes happy accident
On my way to a meeting at the Autograph gallery in Shoreditch, the bus inevitably ran into congestion at the massive roadworks in progress at Old Street roundabout.
This project is a daily pain in the arse for many on the 243 to Wood Green or the 55 to Walthamstow.
The day it’s finished will be a day of great relief.
Today, though, I was glad that this unholy cluster of steel and rubber saw my bus stuck at the same traffic lights TWICE.
A weaving fire engine in front of our 243 seemed to have forgotten where the fire was, or even if there was a fire at all.
Maybe the emergency team was instead on its way to free a cat stuck in a tree, or a boy with his head stuck in some railings.
Whatever, the engine’s blacktop body language was confusing.
The woman sat next to me on the 243 was busily tackling a sudoku puzzle in that day’s Metro newspaper.
I noticed that of the three degrees of difficulty, she had chosen the one headed “Easy”.
My non-interest in this woman’s puzzling prowess was useful because otherwise I might not have looked up and spotted this smartypants ad from the Economist news magazine.
Clever-clogs ads are a rarity these days, and ones that deploy anagrams even rarer.
I did a web search for previous examples of ads that have used anagrams as a hook, but drew a blank.
Impressive as this Economist ad is, I’m not sure it’s grammatically correct.
Try “Economist readers have worked it out already” instead.
Or should that be “try instead”…?