Opinion

Friday 19 October 2018

Roddy Doyle's Charlie Savage: Having my own A&E crisis

 

Illustration by Ben Hickey
Illustration by Ben Hickey
Charlie Savage

Charlie Savage

You know that scene in Ben Hur where Charlton Heston encounters the lepers? He sees them coming out of a cave and he hides behind a rock. Now, the lepers were his mother and sister, so it must have been quite upsetting - because they would have been in much better nick the last time he saw them. But at least he could get in behind a rock and hide.

They don't supply rocks in Beaumont Hospital. Granted, Billy is neither my mother nor my sister. He's only a boring b****x from up the road. But, still, as I look across at Billy propped up in the bed, I envy Charlton Heston with his plastic rock. I've nowhere to hide and it's too late to turn and run.

I've been spotted.

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