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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Small Change

The world's most unimpressive but nevertheless quite useful superheroes: an occasional series.

No. 1: Small Change Man

Appears on an penny farthing with the 20p you're short of for the meter in a freezing city-centre car park at 7am, thus saving you from having to walk in search of a newsagent for change. Then disappears again on his penny farthing.

Martin Amis once likened Casaubon and Dorothea's attempts to have marital relations in Middlemarch (well, not actually in the book) to feeding a raw oyster into a parking meter. Sadly, even Small Change Man's powers do not extend quite that far.

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