Tim Bax was born in Dar-cs-Salaam, Tanganyika, bored in school in England, further bored to distraction
in Canada (my words, not his), and finally returned to Africa at age 19, seeking nothing more than a paying job, something interesting to do, and a little adventure.
First described in zoo animals who were bored to distraction
, many of our pets chase their tails, pace relentlessly, hop from one foot to the other, over-groom or bark, bark, bark.
Bored to distraction
by what she saw as Merthyr's small-town provincialism, she seems to have been addicted to the romantic notion that you can achieve anything if you risk enough.
BORED to distraction
during the closing minutes of Sunday's shocker, just before Arsenal and Manchester United wisely abandoned trying to play football in favour of a little light brawling, I was flicking through the papers when I came across a column by Terry Venables.
Heck, his father-confessor figure is a nude woman whose job is to appear to swim in an aquarium at a San Francisco bar called Bimbo's (actually, she's lounging, generally bored to distraction
, on a circular bed in the bar's basement and is visible via mirrors).
We erroneously assume that, when we have nothing better to do and are bored to distraction
- retired, perhaps, or ill - then we can write or paint; but, above all, don't take crafts seriously