Catch of the Day


(Detail) Protesters in London on Saturday calling for a second referendum on Brexit. Credit Niklas Halle’N/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

I qualify only as a spectator to the Brexit scene; however, the informal allegory cited by Roger Cohen in his opinion piece travels well in other precincts.

As a British friend wrote me recently, “I’m just saying if I narrowly decided to order fish at a restaurant that was known for chicken, but said it was happy to offer fish, and so far I’ve been waiting three hours, and two chefs who promised to cook the fish had quit, and the third one is promising to deliver the fish in the next five minutes whether it’s cooked or not, or indeed still alive, and all the waiting staff have spent the last few hours arguing about whether I wanted battered cod, grilled salmon, jellied eels or dolphin kebabs, and if large parts of the restaurant appeared to be on fire but no one was paying attention to it because they were all arguing about fish, I would quite like, just once, to be asked if I definitely still wanted fish.”

(Roger Cohen, “An Election Is the Only Answer for Britain,” NYTimes, 10-23-19)

(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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3 Responses to Catch of the Day

  1. Eric Wayne says:

    I just like the part about “dolphin kabobs”.


  2. kestrelart says:

    You forgot that a waitress was stabbed to death during the initial order, and a poll of others waiting in the queue shows a majority broadly supporting violence against the restaurant staff if they don’t get exactly their fish order in the restaurant known for chicken, or their chicken order in a restaurant diversifying into offering fish.

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