It’s tight as a gnat’s bottom

This is from ‘Clockwise’. It’s very funny indeed, John Cleese at his best. If you haven’t seen it, you must.

Alas: with just over four hours to go, I am in eleventh place. And all of you have done your utmost, I know you have.

But because my gallant blogger friends – Col, and Nancy –  and Andra,are still posting valiantly on my behalf, and so many of you reblogged so generously; I felt one last post to be in order.

This chance – to walk across Britain, telling the stories of the paths and the places – it is not, and has never been about ego.

It is about the stories which plead and cry and laugh to be told, to all of us across the world. Stories are the way we make sense of our world, and I have always felt that special word – a vocation -to tell them.

I have no career to advance, or I would have put the last three years of daily stories to better political advantage.

I have no desire for the kind of fame of which one can only ever thirst for more.

I just want to tell stories. Not just to a small group, but to many, many people so we can all share in the wisdom and reflection they bring. Perhaps if mankind turns away from the moving image, which so often tells us what to think at every level;  and back towards the contemplative walk, and the story round the fire; perhaps we will all be a little happier.

And if there is anyone out there who has, by slim chance, not cast their vote, then let’s at least say that we did not give up the ship lightly.

I’m there as Kate Pitt at www.ajourneyonfoot.com.

 

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25 thoughts on “It’s tight as a gnat’s bottom

  1. Not only did I vote for you, I also shared this on Facebook, which I NEVER do! What never? Well, hardly ever. 🙂 My husband is a Gilbert & Sullivan fanatic, and it is my cross to bear…

  2. I’ve put up three pleas on facebook so far, plus one to a private group. And I made my brother vote for you when I spoke to him today. It really is down to the wire!

    1. Meli, you have worked your socks off, and you with one of my favourite youngsters in cyberspace, Felix, to network with! Thank you so much for all your help. It really is so much appreciated.

  3. I’m not a big history buff and yet every day I come to your blog to read history through your telling of it! Every day…because I truly enjoy history…when you tell it. I was truly looking forward to hearing your historical accounting as you walked the path…

    1. Lori, thank you so much. Your appearances, and tweets, and comments are always so lovely to come across. And to know you enjoy the history posts makes me very happy. It looks a bit more hopeful now, though it ain’t over till its over. I feel like Cinderella. One minute past midnight….

  4. You are in Third Place! Woo Hoo! We’ve been out for a couple of hours and when I came back, I stared at the current standings with great delight!!! ‘

    Fingers crossed. Just a few more hours and then we’ll leave it to Robert MacFarlane to pick YOU as the right sojourner to be Summer Wayfarer.

  5. CONGRATULATIONS! From what I watched with bated breath, second place was done and dusted by the time midnight came and non-counting votes were still coming in.
    That meant 01h00 our time!

  6. “Perhaps if mankind turns away from the moving image, which so often tells us what to think at every level; and back towards the contemplative walk, and the story round the fire; perhaps we will all be a little happier.” I do so agree, Kate.

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