Warning: Do Not Touch The Lobsters

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A  worn but perfunctory warning on the side of a concrete lobster tank on a Fife harbourside.

In my mind’s eye I picture a time when the sign was freshly painted, and when the lobsters were more abundant than they, sadly, are today.

A tank full of delicious, thrashing, spiny crustaceans…

And then a young Gordon or Alistair, or somesuch, ignoring the warning, reaching in , almost losing a finger or two in the tank, and screaming pitifully for his ma….







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