Thursday, 9 February 2012
What would you want your last words to be? Spike Milligan immortalised himself with 'I told them I was ill' on his tombstone (he also wanted to have himself buried in a washing machine so that hundreds of years later people could open it and go 'ooh, look at their burial practices', but an austere vicar forbade it). Bismarck is said to have murmured 'I could die for a good cigar', and, having lit one, promptly expired. Steve Jobs famously cried 'wow' before he went into the beyond. Many die in silence, others in terror; still more are unable to speak, though wonder is etched on their fading features. At present I'm opting for 'Shalom', in the hope I'll be greeted in kind.