Bakers Talk

I was in the bakery the other day waiting to buy bread. In front of me was a woman in her sixties dressed in white cropped trousers and a bright floral tunic. She ordered a low gluten loaf and then said to the breadshop assistant, ‘I see Heather’s had her baby.’ It wasn’t a question.

I assumed Heather was one of the shop assistants. The young man serving nodded his head. ‘She was 7lbs 2oz. This morning at 5.o6.’ He spoke with an air of authority that made me think he might be the father or at least a close relative of the new mother.

The woman then said, ‘Has she got a name yet?’


‘Harper. Well, I suppose it could be worse.’

The shop assistant looked rather taken aback by this remark. I thought it was a rather rude comment so I said, ‘That’s a nice name. Named after  a famous author.’

The woman and the shop assistant both looked at me. ‘Harper Lee. The author,’ I said.

‘Oh, yes. The author,’ the woman said.

The shop assistant smiled at me, asif he was thanking me for providing a reason for the baby’s name.

Then the woman said, ‘More likely Victoria Beckham’s child.’ She picked up her bread and swept out of the shop.

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About scribblingadvocate

Born in Lancashire, Law degree from Sheffield University and MA in Creative Writing from Exeter. A barrister for twenty five years, who appeared in the Crown Courts in and around London. When I retired we moved to live in Devon, first on Dartmoor, more recently overlooking the Exe Estuary. After twenty years I still feel an exile from London. Married, no children but own an affable Springer Spaniel. I love reading, walking and travel. I completed an MA in Creative Writing at Exeter University and have written three books, Crucial Evidence, Reluctant Consent and Legal Privilege, all set in London. You can email me

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