It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m up early. As usual.
“I shall use this time productively.” I think to myself, reaching for the remote control.
An hour or so later, I hear the stairs creak. My wife opens the sitting room door.
“Do you want a cup of tea?” She says.
“Yes.” I say, fixing her with a stare which communicates the great importance of what I am doing.
“What are you watching?”
“It’s based on a true story. Which means it’s a kind of research.”
“So it’s a productive thing to spend time on.”
“They had good hats in those days, didn’t they.”
The door shuts.
And reopens a few minutes later, for the cup of tea to be passed to me.
“I’m still researching.”
“So if you need me, you’ll know where I am.”
“Yes I will.”
Later in the day I yawn. “I need a nap.”
“You should have slept later.”
“I had research to do. Anyway, naps are good for you.”
“Who told you that?”
“I can’t remember it, I seem to remember reading it somewhere.”
“Or was it in a film…”
“Films can be legitimate forms of research.”