The phrase “Wild Goose Chase” is first found in William Shakespeare’s in Romeo and Juliette, where it doesn’t end well!
My boxing partner at the gym is Birgit, the only woman with a licence to beat me up. We have a mutually violent relationship.
When she heard I would be in London, she said how she would love to go to Harrods- she would love one of their shopping bags and would pay me if I could pick one up for her. Birgit loves to shop. I knew that the idea that she could traipse around Mirada Fair (our big Shopping Mall for strangers) with a bag from Harrods had a lot of appeal for her, so I had full intention of making the effort.
The problem was Julie, does not love to shop so Harrods was not on our joint itinerary. When in Rome, Florence, Paris, London and Edinburgh our tour guides have warned all the males to keep close tabs on our wives, as we have passed the expensive shopping districts. I have no worries – Julie is not much interested.
The only opportunity appeared on our last day in London when Julie was determined to get some washing done at the laundromat. Everything was set up and there was an hour window from 8.30 until washing and drying would be complete. I power walked the 3 km across Hyde Park, past the Albert Memorial I had seen on our first day in London towards Harrods.
Prince Albert, known to many as”Albert the Good” was the 19th century equivalent of Prince Phillip, Consort to a very long lived English Queen and an interesting man in his own way. Victoria so mourned him when he died at 42, leaving 9 children to be raised, she had this massive monument placed on the site of the Great Exhibition he had organised in 1851. Prince Phillip is currently in Hospital, but he turned 92 yesterday! Get well Phil the Greek!
All sweaty I arrived at the massive Harrods store at 9am – surely it can’t be hard to find a shopping bag.
Locked up tight! No one in sight! Surely not a public holiday? it’s not Sunday?
Gold lettering on the door OPENING HOURS 10 AM to 8 PM. The English spending classes obviously sleep late!
No way I can wait. Powerwalk back, taking shortcuts and getting lost, so half hour late with nothing gained but sore feet. I guess I should have checked the Harrods website. Ah – they sell Harrods carry bags online on eBay, probably fake but Birgit will never know, unless someone tells her.