Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Thursday, 14 May 2015
I come into contact with five semi-retired Gurkhas on a regular basis (a security team) and this morning I thought I would mention the elephant in the room, since I was alone in the room with one of them.
He told me that none of their families back in Nepal had been too badly affected by the earthquake, which was a big relief.
They are such happy-looking, smiley people, and this probably contributed a great deal to their reputation in battle as fearsome, dedicated and ruthless.
With a beaming face, he said that the people of Nepal are no longer asking for food and shelter - all they want, he told me, was to be prayed for.
"My country could be sinking," he said with an incongruously cheerful disposition, "I don't know."
I knew he was talking metaphorically, but I couldn't help thinking that he was wrong. The massive problems are being caused by the fact that his country is rising - Everest grows inches a year.
Let's hope it rises metaphorically in the very near future.