And I didn’t. For anyone who doesn’t listen to podcast: I have become fascinated by a not-for-sale rhino that sits atop a shelf at a key-cutting/watch repair concession at Vauxhall overground station in South London. It made me laugh that the rhino was seemingly put there for decoration but had to have the handwritten RHINO NOT FOR SALE sign put in front of it, thus ruining the decorative look of the statue. I cling to the idea that so many people must have gone in there to have a key cut or a watch battery fitted and asked how much the rhino was, the poor harassed owner had to make and erect the sign. The RHINO NOT FOR SALE sign disappeared for a while, which made me wonder if the owner felt the signage had done its job and risked taking it down, or else the rhino had actually suddenly gone on sale. However, the recent return of the RHINO NOT FOR SALE sign – a slightly smaller, less obtrusive one, actually – suggests customers have started asking about it again. Ah, the gentle, large-mammal-based soap opera of real life. Thanks so much to Andy McH for hearing my plea on the podcast and going out on South London safari to bag a snapshot. If AA Gill had done it, he would no doubt have shot the rhino, to see what if felt like.
Of course, Richard thinks people should go in the shop and ask how much the RHINO NOT FOR SALE sign costs, so that the owner will have to make a RHINO NOT FOR SALE SIGN NOT FOR SALE. He is a professional comedian.
PS: Update. Our nerds are dangerous people. What would happen if they used their powers for evil?