Lost In A Book

He lost himself in a book
an interesting story about an amnesiac
He was captivated by the story
And forgot he was there, in the margin.

So he thought.

He thought he was at work
stacking shelves
proving right those who said he would
Never amount to much

The assistant manager gave him the book
to broaden himself because he showed promise

He was in aisle seven, so he thought
near the baked goods
thinking about his schooldays,
remembering he had been told to avoid adverbs
when he was writing
but he only half-recalled the rule and took it too far
and avoided adverbs when he was reading as well.

And so they found him in aisle eight
slack eyed on the floor
a bag of flour in one hand
a book, open on page two,
and he, trapped in the margin next to ‘slowly’.


From ‘Source Direct’ this morning:

According to Professor Rowland Atkinson, Research Chair in Inclusive Societies, Sheffield University in his book ‘Alpha City: How the Super-Rich Captured London’

“the top ten London boroughs by property wealth are now worth more than North Wales, Northern Ireland and the whole of Scotland put together…”

Areas and Populations Compared


The USA has an area of 3.797 million square miles

Great Britain has an area of 94,058 square miles and the UK (include Northern Island) has an area of 93,627.8 square miles

Including Northern Ireland or not hardly budges the numbers, and the USA has 40 times the area of Great Britain / United Kingdom.

Texas alone has an area of 268,600 square miles, or three times that of the UK. And California has an area of 163, 700 square miles, which is going on for twice that of the UK.


The USA has a population of 328.2 million while the UK has a population of 66.65 million.

Comparing the population densities of the the two nations, the USA has 86 people per square mile, while the UK has 712 people per square mile. So the UK has eight times as many people per square mile compared to the USA.

All of which shows the limited of making comparisons between the two countries.


Israel has an are of 8,019 square miles, so it would fit into the UK 11.68 times and it would fit into the USA 483.5 times.

Israel has a population of 8.884 million, so its population density is 1,108 people per square mile, or nearly thirteen times the population density of the UK.