Fine is not a ten dollar word…..
…..it is simply a short word that is easy to spell…..
…..carries more than one meaning
Hemingway (Ernesto to his friends) liked to use it a lot
precisely because he eschewed the use of the higher
The Scots can’t spell it or just want to do everything
differently from their southern neighbours and so they
settle for the (Gaelic) variant ‘fyne’
The urban ‘yoof’ of today also use ‘fyne’ to describe a
member of the female of the species that is so ‘hot’ she
has caused the ‘i’ to morph into a ‘y’
Well all this is well and fine…..
…..but the G-man is troubled by the explosion in the use of
fines as another form of tax…..
…..the definition of tax is ‘revenue harvesting’ so…..
…..if you (read government official) can identify those areas
where folk traditionally operate in arrears
…..then FINE them for being late…..
…..Job done !
…..or should I simply say…..
Since time immemorial the great British driver has had a 14 day
grace period in which to renew his / her car tax
…..Not any more
…..Read the small print
…..If you don’t tax your wheels before the expiry of your tax disc
…..you get fined
…..If you don’t intend to tax your wheels again and you don’t say
so before the expiry of your tax disc
…..you get fined
This is absolutely not fine
The G.-moll is fine but that is another matter…..
…..’She’s so fine’, Jackie Wilson, 1957
Where is the Groover going with this ?
Give us back Ernie’s favourite word
Call a spade a spade…..
…..and call a tax a tax
Don’t pretend a tax is something else by calling it a fine
Anyway, the G.-moll whisked the G.-man off to ‘Il Baretto’
to celebrate his name day on Monday
…..under the supervision of executive chef Frankie the Cat…..
…..this authentic Italian eaterie dishes up ‘fine’ Italian food
….served with ‘fine’ Italian wine
…..in a setting so dim (dark actually) you could take a date
there who was ‘not fine’ and not notice
It was fun but the G.-man could have done without the
disdainful Italian management of said eaterie…..
…..I suppose if I happened to be a free spending, big tipping
Russian said management would have fawned over me and
It is definitely not fine that I am treated like a foreigner in my
own country (by foreigners who would prefer to serve other
Fine ? ? ?
NO, it’s not bloody Fine ! ! !
PS I notice the E.U. is fining Britain for exceeding its
permitted pollution limits…..
…..Industrial pollution blows across the channel from
Europe and blasts us through our upper limits…..
…..then they fine us ! ! ! ! !
Can’t we blow it back and dodge the fine ?