Anyone fancy an awesome grip?
One such email communication arrived yesterday. "New!", it cried. "The Gimp Store now has wheelchair rims and cool spoke doo dads!!". It transpires that the wheelchair rim covers (which have, apparently, "an Awesome Grip") are available made from "selected exquisite leathers", in faux leather, and in "a variety of luxurious fabrics". Sensibly, the Gimp Store protect their photographs so that they can not be copied and pasted. Readers wishing to see just how cool (to utilise the modern argot) these rims are, will need to follow this link.
Numbering, as she does, several wheelie crips amongst her closest friends, Lady Bracknell forwarded the information about the rim covers to them. She is not herself a wheelchair user, and hopes that she can therefore be forgiven for not fully understanding the practical issues involved. She very much appreciates her good friend Mr D's expert advice reproduced below, but confesses to a degree of disappointment that the rim covers would have such a limited application.
"The ever practical Mr D says that leather rims on wheels are only effective indoors. Outdoors in a British climate, they will come too close to the wet, the mud, and the grit. Wet, dirty and/or scratched leather is just no fun on the hands of the poor pusher. Indoors the pusher continues to require considerable vigilance in order to avoid coming close to any rough wall surfaces for fear of scratching the leather. Ultimately, this delightful fashion item is just that – a fashion item, to be worn only for display purposes in the safe confines of the catwalk (or equivalent – maybe a nightclub dance floor)."
Mr D and Lady Bracknell have not exchanged detailed communications for some time. Indeed, Mr D remained in blissful ignorance of the existence of this blog and thus did not know about her ladyship's recently augmented collection of handsome walking sticks. In directing Mr D (via the invaluable secretarial services of the editor) to the photographs of the sticks in question on the Clear Canes website, Lady Bracknell made the financially unfortunate discovery that Steve the Stick Man has recently extended his range to include coloured spiral twisted canes. When Lady Bracknell is next in funds (which will be at the end of the month) she suspects that she will not be able to resist ordering one of these in pink. Whether she will be able to resist the blue one as well remains to be seen....