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My Hat, My Hat, My Beautiful Hat - A Most Illuminating Tale
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Robert Wells or Mr Waters
Date: 6.31 pm, Thursday 18th November, 2010
Subject: My Hat, My Hat, My Beautiful Hat
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At 9.05 am on Tuesday 18th November 2010, my favourite hat (a brown soft felt Barber) was blown from my head by a freak gust. A train pulled in on platform 2 and a train pulled out of platform 1 as I walked down the tunnel connecting them and a sudden blast of london underground air pulled the hat from my head. It soared to the top of the tunnel and came to rest underneath the furthest track. I called the station manager who came to the platform but was unable to retrieve it. A driver told me someone would get it after the rush hour and I continued my journey.

That evening I asked in the station and was told that they would have to wait until the night when the power was turned off, but I should ask in the morning. I checked the platform and found that my hat was bravely holding on in the same spot.

Wednesday morning there was a note in the Brixton station log saying that it had not been recovered, and the station manager took that to mean it had been blown away between 8pm and 3am. I checked the platform and it was still there, safely nestled.

On Wednesday night Carol, who I had also talked to on Tuesday night, walked with me down the platform until she could see it and made a long note in the station log so that the night maintenance crew would know exactly where to find it. She also told me that they might not have been able to get it if there had been any kind of activity on the line as it was tucked underneath the juice rail, as she called it. She also referred to a ceramic insulator as, I think, a flowerpot.

On Thursday morning the boys in the office were expecting me and told me that the hat had still not been recovered, with no good reason.

If I've lost my hat, it is a mild irritation. It was a good hat and it will cost me time and money to replace it. But now I'm more interested in how long this will go on for. Any bets?

In other news, I'm in the middle of a hasty and stressful house move which means I'm busy as a busy thing until Christmas, which means I'm having to organise the C word already. I've decided that lots of people will be being sent Random Tat That Made Me Think Of You as I keep coming across things I don't want to throw away and don't want to keep. If you receive anything bizarre from me, please know that I will not be insulted if it's immediately disposed of.

If you would actually like to receive some Random Tat, or a copy of the MMXtape, or a home(badly)made card, please leave your details as a comment (comments screened) or email me at xmasgivaway at weaselspoon dot com.
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User: gnimmel
Date: 6.49 pm, Thursday 18th November, 2010 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
For some reason this reminds me of this absurdist short story.
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Robert Wells or Mr Waters: Hand on Heart
User: weaselspoon
Date: 11.21 am, Friday 19th November, 2010 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Hand on Heart
That's wonderful. Mr Kitson's show this year was about a tiny insignificant moment, but telling the stories of the two people who cross at that moment.
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Robert Wells or Mr Waters: Bogie King of Spades
User: weaselspoon
Date: 11.22 am, Friday 19th November, 2010 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Bogie King of Spades
I am to return tonight for an update. I'll keep you posted.
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User: spangle_kitten
Date: 9.57 am, Friday 19th November, 2010 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Aw that's such a pain. At least they're being vaguely helpful though, I know people who've dropped stuff on the line and just got a shrug!

I don't mind a bit of random tat, and I also owe you some random tat in exchange for the Python bits n bobs you set me :) If you want some let me know your address ~ I'm sure I still have it somewhere, but I have no idea where anything is anymore!
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User: ishkhara
Date: 11.24 am, Friday 19th November, 2010 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd be pretty mad if I'd been strung along like this! Hope you finally get your hat back!
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