An early photo of the shop floor of the Crockett and Jones shoe making factory in Northampton. C & J are indisputabley the best makers of hand-made shoes in England (forget Loake or Churches), and I'll fight anyone who says different. You may wince when you part with almost £500 for one pair of boots, but you will only wince once. Actually, there may be a little wince further down the line when you have to pay almost £200 to get them repaired. Repairing means rebuilding.
Changing the subject, have you read Thomas Mann's 'The Holy Sinner'? There are so many tragic events and unfortunate life-changing coincidences in the plot of this book that their accumulative effect is to make you (or me at least) laugh out loud. I won't spoil the main one by telling you about it, but it is amazing to what lengths schadenfreude can be taken to.
When I first saw the film 'Pulp Fiction', it was very difficult to explain to others how or why the whole cinema audience burst into spontaneous laughter when someone accidentally gets his brains blown out in the cramped confines of a moving car. You have to have seen it to find it funny. Same with The Holy Sinner.
In Pulp Fiction, the shooting event was sudden and unexpected, but in The Holy Sinner the innevitable tradgedy can be seen coming for miles, like a train on the horizon approaching a stationary one inexorably, watched by a group of helpless spectators.
I think this is what they mean when they say that God laughs at out plans.