Enjoy your meal

Screen Shot 2013-03-01 at 12.25.18Emetic post-war English architecture

Dalrymple perambulates with a companion through a graceful square in a once-charming English market town. The town is besmirched by a ‘sub-Mies van der Rohe building’. His companion asks why Dalrymple still cannot enjoy the square, since the other buildings are still — possibly owing to some oversight of the council — undemolished. Dalrymple patiently explains:

Suppose you are in a restaurant and the meal is delicious. Suppose that someone at the next table suddenly vomits copiously. Would it be reasonable of me to say to you, ‘Why do you not continue to enjoy your meal?’

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