Friday, March 27, 2009

Bureaucracy, or, Sure we told you

Mr. Prosser said, 'You were quite entitled to make any suggestions or protests at the appropriate time, you know....the plans [to knock down your house] have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months.'

'Oh yes, well as soon as I heard [yesterday when the workman arrived] I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you?....'

'But the plans were on display...'

'On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.'

'That's the display department.'

'With a torch.'

'Ah, well the lights had probably gone.'

'So had the stairs.'

'But look, you found the notice, didn't you?'

'Yes,' said Arthur, 'yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying Beware of the Leopard.' --Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

1 comment:

Molytail said...


Though I know you posted it for more than just being a quote from one of the best books EVER... I still had to grin as I started reading and recognized it!

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