Back in the first half of 1966, in English Lit I, Norman Talbot (1936 - 2004) tried to introduce a theatre full of us to Dylan Thomas's "Under Milk Wood'. He set an exercise for us to give our thoughts upon the opening monologue for First Voice, you know 'To begin at the beginning'. It being 1966, and us being 18 year old nerds, he knew 'the bucking ranches of the night' would zing across our uncomprehending craniums, and he had quite a giggle at our expense.
I thought of that excruciating experience many times as I encountered this advertisement in metro stops across Paris over the last month. It is an advert for sneakers of some sort. Forget which. But it is a lovely shade of orange, cerise and hot pank. But what does it mean?
'For the athletes of the night' - all nicely double-entendred. But those little logo things. They have me stumped. What do YOU reckon these athletes-of-the-night indulge in?