This story is entitled A Practical Joke and is from Ronald Mackay, a regular contributor to our competitions in previous years. I really enjoyed Ronald's latest contribution and I am sure you will too. Read it here.
Ronald Mackay held many and various temporary jobs before adopting a career.
He started by shopping for his neighbours in Dundee, Scotland when he was still a child when that meant standing endlessly in endless queues after World War II. He graduated to seasonal farm labour and then to swinging an axe to limb felled trees. He delivered medicines for a pharmacist and meat for a butcher, worked in a market garden, delivered newspapers and managed raspberry fields. He loaded and unloaded lorries, worked on fishing boats, constructed banana plantations and packed bananas for export from Tenerife to northern Europe. Ronald writes plays and short stories and is the author of: “A Scotsman Abroad: A Book of Memoirs 1967-1969”; “Fortunate Isle, a Memoir of Tenerife”; and “A Tenerife con Cariño”.
This new story is about a joyous period in his early life when he worked as a porter in the Sterile Unit at Guy’s Hospital in London just south of the River Thames.