Burka's peerage

I don't know if it's some sort of reaction to Jack Straw's recent comments about Moslem veils, but there certainly seem to be a lot more women wearing burkas in Liverpool in recent months.

Well, I assume they're women.

On Tuesday, someone wearing a black burka with an extremely thin eye-slit walked past me carrying a cup of Starbucks™ coffee. I then proceeded to spend far more time than was sensible wondering how a person wearing a burka manages to drink coffee in public without revealing their face. As I thought about the problem in depth, I found myself conjuring up various contraptions involving drinking straws' passing through eye-slits.

I think I might have spotted a gap in the market—and a market in the gap.

Postscript: Actually, having now consulted this useful BBC graphic, I think the person was wearing was a niqab, not a burka. The title of this item stands, however, as I'm rather proud of the pun (eye-slits, peerage, geddit?).

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.

One comment

  1. I spent ages talking to a woman in a red burka.

    Then I realised she had the letters ER on her front....

    She was, in fact, a post box. Oh how we all laughed.

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