A Basketful of Snowflakes by Peter Kerr

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Very often, however, the dividing line between the two turned out to be narrow in the extreme, although I’m sure Jock didn’t see it that way. Casually leaning an elbow on the counter, he pulled a lopsided smirk, then said to the girl, ‘Hey, honey, you’re lookin’ real good. ’ He glanced at me. ’ Taken aback, I shook my head – hesitantly. ’ Unimpressed, the girl stared at him – stonily. ’ Undaunted, Jock proceeded with his spiel – confidently. ’ He winked conspiratorially. ’ ‘Would these be full-page or half-page display ads you require, sir?

But Pablo came highly recommended for reliability in all aspects of his profession, and from no less an authority than Jock Burns’ wife Meg. As a hairdresser, Meg didn’t profess to know much about bricks and mortar, of course.

With a bored look and without ceremony, the girl pushed a form over the counter to him. ‘The small ad rates are printed at the top there, sir – in cents per word! No discounts, except for long runs. ’ She then moved swiftly along the counter to attend to another customer, leaving Jock mumbling curses to himself. ’ he called after her in a last-ditch attempt at soliciting a bargain price. Ironically, the cost of his two little ads was likely to amount to less than the value of a dollop of specially-flown-in haggis anyway.

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