Guru’s Gaffe’s: Navel Gazing…


A very elderly gentleman and his equally elderly wife shuffled shakily with difficulty but dignity, into our shop to look at the cards. Finally, they chose one, and the gent slowly and carefully brought it over to us at the counter. “I like this one,” he said, “it has a naval connection”! The card was a bright and cheerful birthday one, with a nice design that had nothing at all to do with the sea, so Tony and I looked puzzled. The man then said with a twinkle in his eye, “turn it over and you will see what I mean”. We did as he said, and there on the back was printed ‘this card is by Belly Button Designs’!!! He well and truly got us…

About Beryl Maughan Hankin

Guru is an independent fair trade boutique that has been active since 1972 in Darlington, UK. I work there with my best friends Tony and Colin. In addition to my other duties, I manage social media for the shop and spin-off activities and for myself. Growing up back in the 1940s I never could have imagined such a thing as being able to communicate with people all over the world via the internet but here we are doing just that. To quote Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, "What a long strange trip this has been" - and for us at least, it's not over yet! #gurutribeforever

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