Please help Simon
This is Simon. He is 67 years old. Simon has had a tough time of it recently. He really needs your help. This is Simon’s story.
Simon was quite bright as a small child, but things started to go wrong for him early on in life. He was bullied at public school by a vicious gang of “nerds” who forced him to look at their calculations. Later, a terrifying incident with a pipette in a chemistry lesson left him emotionally scarred. He started to have paranoid delusions and nightmares about Men in White Coats. More recently he began to suffer hallucinations involving Mammoths. He suspects all scientists are after his money. His behaviour is obsessive. Every gadget fills him with terror. His actions are bizarre and unpredictable. He is no longer able to cope with everyday life and needs constant supervision.
Fortunately, Simon has a generous and loving friend called Alan (who edits a national newspaper). Alan noticed that Simon had severe problems and decided to care for him. Alan provided sheltered accommodation for Simon and created a job, so Simon could earn a basic living doing simple tasks, such as writing a column in The Guardian.
Sadly, however, things have recently started to go wrong. Simon’s behaviour has deteriorated even further. He has become increasingly incoherent. He is unable to write his column without repeating himself over and over again. Worse, he sometimes gets out of the padded cell secure unit office Alan has provided for him, wandering about the premises foaming at the mouth and raving about the Large Hadron Collider. This is embarrassing Alan and the other people he works with. Simon has also recently been found sticking pins in a wax effigy of Lord Rees.
To make matters worse, Alan’s business has started to fail. He is losing money and can no longer afford to pay for Simon’s upkeep. Alan has become depressed by his newspaper’s falling circulation and the stress of having to cope with looking after Simon. He is desperate for help.
Without your assistance, the future looks bleak for both Simon and Alan. Please send your contributions to Alan’s Personal Assistant:
90 York Way
Please mark your envelope Get this Nutter off my Hands Appeal and make your cheques out to The Margaret Thatcher Home for the Bewildered (Maximum Security Divison). If you can’t afford to send money, any other gifts would be appreciated, especially crayons and colouring-in books (but not if they are about science).
Thank you for your help. Have a nice day. Unless you’re a scientist.
PS. You may find updates on the progress of this appeal on Twitter (look for #SpoofJenks).
- William Waldegrave challenges journalists to explain Simon Jenkins to the general public
- Martin Rees to blame for England’s World Cup exit, says Simon Jenkins
- Brian Cox ate my Hamster
- Nature Blog #SpoofJenks posts
- Scientists Experiment with Simon Jenkins (at the Guardian website)