Friday, 28 June 2013
Looking forward to the weekend!
One of my roles at work is to forge links with the local businesses which employ many of our students. It was for this reason that I found myself heading out to a Business and Industry exhibition this afternoon in order to "network" and gain an insight into the wider community. It was wet, grim weather and it wasn't much fun lugging table and banners and promotional materials into the draughty warehouse in which this auspicious event was held.
After setting up and consuming flapjack/ coffee which was provided, I started to chat to the other exhibitors. There were all sorts of companies there, office furniture, alarm systems, a stall promoting a local animal charity - but the guy next to me was running a company which...well...largely dealt with the mess after dead bodies are taken away from crime or accident scenes. There were some posters and promotional literature which detailed the fact that this company would deal with various bodily fluids, it listed blood, vomit, faeces, amniotic fluid (OK, shall I stop there?) and explained the problems of not getting in a professional to deal such "bio-hazards" ( I was easily convinced!)
Moreover, the guy on the stall (... and, yes, I now know that I shouldn't have asked...) was loquacious on the subject of the macabre and talked with enthusiasm about some unpleasant details of his job which I didn't really want to hear. "I bet you don't talk about this sort of thing in college, do you?", he enquired. For a fleeting moment I was tempted to tell him that our conversation had brought to mind Webster-
"Thou art a box of worm seed, at best but a salvatory
Of green mummy. What's this flesh? A little cruded milk
Fantastical puff paste. Our bodies are weaker than those
Paper prison boys use to keep flies in; more contemptible
Since ours is to preserve earthworms. Didst thou ever see
A lark in a cage? Such is the soul in the body."
I also felt a bit like I was a character in a David Lodge or Tom Sharpe novel- you couldn't make it up! I briefly returned to work to drop off table cloths and brochures and bumped into a colleague who asked me had it been very dull and was I looking forward to the weekend?
Answer: "mmmm, mixed" and "YES, definitely!"