We’re Locked In

01Feb07

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Window, City of London

Lock-ins. I’m thinking miniature people here – like The Borrowers.

Too small to abseil down the door, pick the upsized locks and gain an inch of Lilliputian freedom. It brings back a memory of paying a surprise visit to an old primary school, only this time as a pole-high grown-up; still believing that the chairs, the corridors and presumably the ghosts of the teachers – now long deceased – still towered, and scowled from above (our cap and blazer were grey with purple piping with an emblem of a deer and sprig of fern to remember King Henry’s former hunting lodge that stood near our goal posts). Staring down at the nano-pops of childhood, I got a chilly sense that I was the one out of proportion that day.

Chez nous, we have a regular visitor to our kitchen, a pint-sized soldier of fortune that stealthily gads about leaving tiny traces of excrement pellets on the work surfaces. We trapped its parent a few months ago, its crushed cranium oozing Ketchup goo on the floor: It sure was quick for the little bugger – er, I mean the missed provider to baby rodents who still occupy a cosy wall cavity somewhere.And now, the eldest has not only survived the first traumatic weeks of a parent not returned, it has also gone on to pass-out, like that princely tank commander at Sandhurst who’s earned his stripes. Now it’s scratching about on night-time commando manoeuvres. Sniffing our aromas.

You can see where this is going .. “

Locked-in! The squeaky cries for help inside a vacant, condemned building? Careless humans pacing past, unaware of the tragi-comedy unfolding?”As Swift wrote into Gulliver’s Travels and Carroll in Alice in Wonderland, there’s a syndrome called Micropsia (and his sister Macropsia). Possibly brought on by migraines, neurological perceptions of scale and distance can become, fuzzy. So, who are the giants and who are the pygmies of life?

This picture is bringing on a headache.

 

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2 Responses to “We’re Locked In”

  1. 1 SLB Ericson

    Thought “Lock ins” was no longer needed since they changed the licensing laws…


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