For the next few days we are switching from being travellers to being on holiday. Which means switching from doing and seeing, frantically going, learning and meeting people to something more approaching mooching and browsing, being, resting and aimlessly pooteling around.
Which is how, in the Amsterdam Cheese Shop in Hardy Street, Nelson (which not only does a great line in pesto edam but also sells syrup waffles and speculaas and those delicious coloured sugar sprinkles the Dutch put on bread for breakfast) I found a leaflet containing the information below about the services of one Leny Maar. Now, let it not be thought that I would mock anyone's sincerely held belief but, well, lets just say it is nice to spread laughter throughout the world. And remember, the best is often in the punchline....
Toe reading is a method used to analyse personality and behaviour of people by interpreting the shape and position of their toes. The shape of your toes is inherited but their position may change and is influenced by the way you respond to the stimuli of the outside world. It is often said that bad feet and crooked toes have been caused by badly fitting shoes. Such people accept the dictates of fashion and pay less attention to comfort.
What use is toe reading?
First of all, you will get to know yourself better after I read your toes. You will be able to follow your own developments and observe how you react to your environment. You will be able to determine accurately your possibilities, your strengths and your weaknesses. You will be able to easily observe how you are dealing with your emotions.
I am a certified registered Toe Reader."