Do you know that feeling when you sit around at home thinking that all your friends are out there doing wild things and having a great time whilst you are just, well, sitting around?
I have to admit I have felt like that more than once this year since I have been under medical instructions to take care and not over do things until I have fully recovered from my brain haemorrhage.
Luckily I usually find out that most of my friends weren’t all having that much fun after-all.
OK the others at my kungfu club were sparring and doing all those dog style rolls that I cannot do until I am better.
And,I only have to walk by my local pub to see everyone in there with their pints of Harveys Beer, our local brew, to know that they aren’t really bored even if they say they are.
Then there are all those annoyingly tanned people returning from holidays in exotic countries – did I believe Liz when she said she got bored in Thailand? No I did not.
I have been having fun anyway because, if this doesn’t sound too sad for words, I really do enjoy my own company and I have been having a great time just sitting here at my pc and playing games with my mind.
So I haven’t been really jealous of any of my friends.
Well not until the other day when Steve send me a photo of himself on that Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in London, the one that was never used for a memorial to some general or admiral and which is still looking for a permanent subject.
Anthony Gormley’s latest project is to populate this statue plinth, which is in front of the National Gallery, with living sculptures….so called “ordinary” people who have an hour up there each in turn when they can do whatever they want. Well the naked man had to put his knickers back on when the police got fidgety but mostly it has been a wonderful panorama of British life freely expressed.
Then there was Steve…my friend…just up there doing what he does and has always done really well. He is smiling whilst making a serious point. The photo on his chest of the wrongly imprisoned Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says it all. Well it does to me, Streve never told me what he was doing up there.
Well done my friend I would have loved to have done that. I want to see a change in the Burmese government too but, mostly, if I am honest, I am just dead jealous.
That fourth plinth will never be the same again now that it has been claimed by the “people.” Let’s hope that no one is ever foolish enough one day to put up an equestrian statue of some ordinary old general or duke.