…I have decided to give you a couple of snippets from The World according to Bertie by Alexander McCall Smith.
First, a statistician observes a passing woman.
Here, approaching him, was a 60-year-old woman, with two point four children, twenty-three years to go, with a weekly income of… and so on. Now there were carbon footprints to consider, too, and that was fun. This woman was walking, but had probably taken a bus. She did not go on holidays to distant destinations, Spain at the most, and so she used little aviation fuel. Her carbon footprint was probably not too bad, particularly by comparison with… with those who went to international conferences on carbon footprints. The thought amused him and he smiled again.
“You laughing at me, son?”
The woman had stopped in front of him.
Stuart was startled. “What? Laughing at you? No, not at all.”
“Because I dinnae like being laughed at, said the woman, shaking a finger at him.
“Of course not.”
She gave him a scowl and moved on. Chastened, Stuart continued his walk…