Monday, June 28, 2010

Service with a snarl

Prudence and her dear friends N and S got together on Sunday morning, first for dim sum with more friends, and then for a wander through the UpMarkets.

After that, and deferring to one hangover, coffee was in order.

Bibou in Hampden Road makes terrible coffee, but it was the service that stood out.

A particularly snarky waitress looked in disgust at the proffered twenty dollar note and announced she couldn't give proper change.

Nobody bothered to count the handful of coins flung at us. We'd been told it wasn't proper!

Sunday, June 20, 2010


The scene: Prudence's local up-market bakery. There are two whole apple strudels and one extra slice on the counter.

Prudence to pretty young boy: ... and half of that strudel, please.

PYB: We only sell them whole.

Prudence: Or in slices?

PYB: Yes, in slices. (looks relieved)

Prudence: Right, I'll have four slices, but unsliced, please.

PYB: gurgle (looks absolutely stricken as he turns away to deal with the strudel)

And what was in Prudence's little cake box? Four slices of strudel. Sliced.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

All natural

Seen on a roadside sign:


Understanding that latex is best employed in dishwashing gloves and outfits that inspire all sorts of kink, Prudence wonders at the role of furniture made from it.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Prudence believes there is something ironic, or at least poignant, in today's obituaries, but can't quite put her manicured fingertip on it.

Chris Haney, co-creator of Trivial Pursuit, has died.

One wonders whether his eulogy involved questions about the minutiae of his life.

Friday, June 4, 2010


Prudence to Beloved, apropos of nothing obvious: "It's Suzy Quattro's birthday today."


Beloved, from next room, in somewhat distracted tone: "I'll give her a ring."


Beloved appears, looking puzzled: "What did you say?"

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hidden in the depths

While Prudence thoroughly approves of the gourmet hampers as raffle prizes, she does wonder at the thinking behind including an alarm clock and two blank video cassettes with the tea, chocolates and balsamic vinegar.