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The Bellinghman
Date: 2011-06-27 10:11
Subject: Evolving etiquette #2
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We walked past the newer 'shrine' on Saturday morning, and had a closer look. I now have another question. Why do people put in them what they do?

a) Flowers. OK, that's what we expect - they're a symbol of the fleeting nature of life.

b) A reproduction road sign, for Stamford Bridge. OK, that has meaning, the dead teenager was a Chelsea fan.

c) Cans of Red Bull and bottles of Lucozade. Hmm, well, there is a long history of libatory drinks, and given the driver was apparently drunk, alcoholic ones would have been inappropriate.

d) A shrink wrapped ball of string.

Yes, you read that right. A ball of string, still in its polythene wrapping.

Perhaps that last one just fell out of a shopping bag while the owner was laying something else.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2011-06-27 11:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I suppose it could be. On the other hand, I suspect we'll never know.
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Laura Anne Gilman
User: suricattus
Date: 2011-06-27 11:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
this is where the writer picks up the idea, goes "hrmm" thoughtfully, and tucks it away for later use....

(my first thought: did the deceased have a cat?)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2011-06-27 11:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I suspect not, though I can't be sure. A football mad 16 year old who likes being out with his mates at 01:00 strikes me as not really matching the right profile, though it's possible his family does have one originally got because he wanted one as a child.
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Laura Anne Gilman
User: suricattus
Date: 2011-06-27 11:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
hah. Don't tell my sports-mad, night-owl nephew he's not supposed to adore his cat....
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2011-06-27 11:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Heh - point taken. People are more varied than any stereotype schema can capture.
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