A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes. At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the top of the book before beginning trade negotiations. Simple pleasures.
I was never a fan of the gnome scraps but endless Brexit news bulletins and a little free association took me to the Gnomes of Zurich, the economy, and politician’s promises …
With apologies to Lynne Anderson.
It wasn’t a bit of good fighting grown-ups. They could do exactly as they liked.
-enid blyton, Five on a Treasure Island