I was planning to write a tongue-in-cheek post about how Lucas and Adam visited a sleeping couples bedroom in the first episode of season 7 of Spooks.
The truth is a similar thing happened to me a few years back, and I dare say it was nothing like on TV.
Of course, I’m no terrorist, and I would imagine the thief that visited us that night was nothing like Lucas, or Adam for that matter.
We were staying in a flat in Cannes, in the South of France.
It was very hot, and we decided to keep the windows open for the night.
The realisation that someone had been walking around while you were sleeping is terrible.
At first I was angry I hadn’t woken up. Now I can’t imagine how traumatic that would have been.
The stages you go through once the realization of what happened are quite interesting.
The first is embarrassment – was I snoring or farting.
Then you go through shame – it was hot, did my nighty ride up,? Was my bum was in full moon mode?
Then you go ‘ninja style’ – if only I had woken up, I would have beat the crap out of the thug and taught him a lesson.
Then it hits you that you wouldn’t have done a thing if you were faced with the individual, and you start feeling vulnerable.
Then, every time you watch Spooks season 7 episode 1 you re-live the nasty experience.
By the way, our gentleman caller had less sense than Lucas, and did not wear gloves.
Alas, the fingerprints he left after touching the wall and then pressing it to the window did not interest the French law enforcement.
Viva the French Police!
Instead of copying the data on our phones, our French thief just took off with ours, as well as with the passport, wallets, cameras, jewellery, duty-free goods.
He was kind enough to leave behind the rent-a-car keys, and he did end up dumping our documents under a palm tree a few kilometers down the road.
I hope that one day he’ll climb through the widow of a John Porter- type, who does wake up, and does teach him a little lesson 😉