OU blog

Personal Blogs

Richard Walker

Coincidentally speaking

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 17 Dec 2020, 00:07
Whenever someone says, "I don’t believe in coincidences", I say, "Oh my God, me neither!"
Alisdair  Beckett-King

Tonight I was doing a pub quiz with a friend. For obvious reasons we were not in a pub; or together; but online. The pub element was there to the extent we had a few drinks mind you.

So I had to nip to the loo, and while I was there I thought about isolation; and then about how much we need to talk to other people. And then I thought of Robinson Crusoe in the book and how terrible being marooned must be, even with a Man Friday to be a companion. A desert island is just that – deserted. Even with two people it's so lonely. And then I thought, "Who was the real-life inspiration for Robinsoe Crusoe?" and remembere it was Alexander Selkirk.

When I came back we started the next quiz, Classic Novels, and Oh My God, guess what? Question 13 was

"Which Scottish adventurer was the inspiration for the character of Robinson Crusoe?"

Permalink Add your comment
Share post

This blog might contain posts that are only visible to logged-in users, or where only logged-in users can comment. If you have an account on the system, please log in for full access.

Total visits to this blog: 2125256