This blog’s occasional Canadian correspondent Anna Smith, who lives in Vancouver, has sent me a plea from the heart which she found online in the local Craigslist.
I can only presume she was diligently looking there on behalf you, our dear reader.
The listing says, under its headline:
MUD MARCHING IN BAREFEET
i am looking for a mud marching partner who would love to march in the mud in our barefeet every saturday starting in march to the fall. i love mud and i love marching in the mud in my barefeet!! this job is for fun!! we will be marching in the mud in parks in langley and whiterock! you must love mud and you must love marching in the mud in your barefeet!!! serious inquries only as i am serious about this! anyone can apply!! you will be paid $30.00 dollars an hour!
Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
So one presumes the demand is so great for barefoot mud marching partners that employment agencies are getting involved.
Anna asks me: “Is this a trend in Britain too? Or is it a colonial perversion?”
I cannot help her. I am a simple soul, raised a Presbyterian.
If you can help, do get in touch privately.
Anna tells me, to add to the advertiser’s woes, there is precious little mud in Vancouver at the moment – just snow.
But maybe cold feet are ever hotter.