If this had been an oversight or a loss by a privately run firm, heads would have rolled and a huge dragnet would have been set in motion. Not so when the institution happens to be the British Museum. Entrusted to their care was the priceless Cartier Ring. This irreplaceable piece of Jewelry had been a centre piece in their display until 2011. Then, in a general rearrangement within the museum, the ring went missing.
The police were not informed because, as was presumed, it had been simply MISLAID. However, after SIX YEARS of sorting through drawers and boxes the staff have finally reported the ring as missing and PRESUMED STOLEN.
As one police spokesman drily remarked, it was probably an inside job and the chances of recovery after six years are slim to none.
Such a blasé attitude. Such incompetence. Such lack of professionalism, and we must add, such chicanery.
But in case your mind is boggled, just think of the words of Jesus Christ concerning the universal human neglect of something exceedingly more precious then the Cartier Ring.
Marks Gospel reads thus:
"What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
Two questions to which only we ourselves can supply the answer.
Breakfast with Ian. Maybe you can think about this simple post while you are enjoying your tea and toast this morning!