So far so good. Train on time, I managed to get a seat, and the coffee on board was drinkable. I walked out of the train station into an alien world. Never been there before and I had 30 minutes to find my way to my appointment. I was told it was just a few minutes’ walk, so it shouldn’t have been a problem. Like I said, it SHOULDN’T have been a problem.
I walked up to a priest and asked him where I could find Higgledy House. ‘Ah’ he boomed. ‘Walk onward until you come upon St Christopher’s. Take the right turn and go forward to St. Peters. At the junction, cross then look out for the synagogue on the other side. Then ask again’.
I did as I was told, then I caught sight of a fellow on a bench. He looked as if he’d had a couple of drinks, but there was no one else around so I asked him to direct me to Higgledy House. ‘See the Black Horse? Well go past it, then go on until you see the Pig and Whistle. Go left and when you get to the Kings Head ask again’.
When I got there I found an old lady struggling along on her Zimmer frame. ‘Can you point toward Higgledy House please?’ ‘Yes young man’ she croaked. ‘Up there you’ll see the doctor’s surgery. Turn left then walk until you see the Welcome Home for the Bewildered. Then go over the bridge and you’ll see the Happy Day Centre. Walk toward the hospice and you’ll see it next to the District Hospital’. I thanked her and continued on my way.
There at last! I strode through the door, walked up the receptionist and announced my arrival. ‘I think you may have got the wrong place’ she said. ‘This is Raggedy Hall. You need to go out again, and when you see Buzz Fashion turn right. Go past Glitz Shoes and continue until you see Diamonds Jewellers. Just beyond Miss Trendy Boutique you’ll see the train station. Higgledy House is right alongside.
I made it on time, had my interview and got the job! I wandered into St Christopher’s to offer up a prayer of thanks, then marched into the Pig and Whistle were I had a celebratory drink. And another celebratory drink and another. I staggered out, tripped over and ended up in the District Hospital!
Quite a day!