It depends upon your viewpoint

I was reminded, by this story in the Mail about nude sunbathing in your own garden, of a time many years ago when I was living in South Africa. I was told, by a neighbour who was a member of the Traffic Police; that this elderly Afrikaans lady, living on the top floor of a posh, pricey block of flats in Cape Town, called the police and complained that she could distinctly see men bathing nude on the beach. As the beach in front of her apartment was occupied by the famous (or infamous, depending upon your viewpoint) Sir De Villiers Graaf nude swimming pool, the cops arrived and interviewed the lady after looking out at the pool area which was fully protected by a six-foot high concrete wall on three sides.


“I’m sorry, Madam but the bathers are hidden behind the wall; how are you disconcerted and worried?” asked the young policeman.


“Ah’, came the reply, “if you stand here on the table; and place one foot there on the windowsill……”

2 comments for “It depends upon your viewpoint

  1. Ted Treen
    September 1, 2017 at 1:18 am

    She’d have made a wonderful professional outragee for The Grauniad in another time and another place.

  2. Bob H
    September 1, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Reminds me of a health and safety inspector we had at my factory.

    We were looking at the interlocking guards on a press. He claimed that an operator could get his fingers through it and touch the moving parts.

    I replied that it would be impossible unless his knuckles hinged backwards on his hands.

    He promptly turned his back to the machine, contorted himself over backwards with his hands over his head like a gymnast. He then blindly groped for the machine guard and almost managed to slip his fingers through and up.

    Despite his contortions, to be in any danger, the tips of his finger tips would still have to bend in reverse to touch the moving parts.

    My thoughts were that anyone determined like that towards self inflicted harm, it would have been far simpler to put his fingers in the door hinge and slam the door.

    Where there is sufficient will to find offense, no matter how we protect against it, offense will always be found.

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