City businessman ticked that bank is frozen in time”

This isn’t quite getting hoist on my own petard, but apropos of What makes you a “well-known businessman” in The Guardian?, I note that of the 53 references to my various exploits that have appeared in The Guardian in the last 20 years, one of them, appearing on the August 10, 2002 edition, was titled “City businessman ticked that bank is frozen in time” and starts:

This could be a case of someone having too much time on their hands.

Peter Rukavina said Wednesday he is frustrated that the clock on the front of the main Charlottetown branch of the Bank of Montreal on Grafton Street has been stuck at 6:38 for the past six months.

So, he has formed Citizens for Correct Time (number of members: 1, but he said he’s working on more).

The problem with the clock, he said, has got to stop … er, start.

My family and I live and work in downtown Charlottetown,” said Rukavina, a Charlottetown businessman. “We pass by the broken clock three or four times a day. The fact that the clock is broken means we’re not only without a handy source of the current time, but it’s an embarrassment for the community: it says ‘look, we don’t even know what time it is here’.”

Perhaps not one of my nobler pursuits, especially when you consider the result of the “action”: rather than fixing the clock, the Bank of Montreal simply removed it altogether.

At least I wasn’t referred to as a “well-known city businessman.”

(For that matter, I have no idea why I was referred to as a “businessman” at all).


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