Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Overheard: Not *that* old excuse?

Hi you.

Today marks my return to my out-of-the-house work place. Just for two days this week, while I'm inducted [yet again] into the job I've done for the past 4 years ... but who am I to argue ...?

Anyhow ... I thought this was a good time to share another of my most memorable and favourite 'overheards' from the campus. One which always makes me grin when I recall it ...

It was March 2009 and I was having my break in the Student Union Café when I spotted a student waiting to pay for his food but there was no-one attending the tills.

After a short wait, the serving assistant appeared and gave this intriguing and classic apology:

Server: Sorry … I was waylaid with a vegan. ???

Next time I'm late for something, caught in a tricky spot or have fallen short of my responsibilities and am in need of an excuse ... I think i'll give that one a whirl ... how about you? ;-)

Julie x

p.s: It's my turn to do some copying here over at my other blog The Copy + Paste Project today, so if you get chance, drop by and see me there too. There's time-trial poetry involved! How can you resist?


  1. Yes, you are right - I can think of plenty of situations where that could be a useful retort :)

  2. I'm not sure if it's the word 'vegan' or the word 'waylaid' that has the most power to promote visual images in that phrase!

  3. Now that's a corker! By the time anyone would manage to pull themselves together enough to ask, I'd be fifty yards down the corridor!

  4. Oh fantastic! I'm going to add that to my other favourite (stolen from Victoria Wood) 'Dare I crash by, I'm a diabetic!'


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