An Apocryphal Tale – But Appealing, Nonetheless~


Rumour of an encounter in a station in Melbourne.  Sent by a Scots reader…
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“There were protesters on the Flagstaff station concourse
handing out pamphlets criticising Australia for its policy towards
political refugees, Muslims who were looking for a better life,
participation in the Iraq war and continued presence in Afghanistan. 

An elderly woman behind me was getting off the escalator
and a young (20-ish) female protester offered her a pamphlet, which she
also politely declined. 
The young protester put her hand on the woman’s shoulder as a gesture
of friendship and in a quiet voice said: ‘Madam, don’t you care about the children of Iraq ?’
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The elderly woman looked up at her and said; ‘My dear, my father died in North
Africa during World War 2, I lost my husband in Korea and my grandson
in Afghanistan.  All three died so you could have the right to stand here and criticise
our country.  If you touch me again, I’ll stick this umbrella up your arse and trust me, I’ll open it’.”