Alfred Higgins Works at Getting through to His Friends at a Pub

In the clip that follows, Higgins has his friend take him to a bar, called in the UK a “pub.” There he tries to communicate with the people in the pub. It begins with Higgins’ friend taking him to the pub by just intending to be there.

A transcript follows the audio controls.

Alfred Higgins:

So I thought, “Well, this is alright.” So he put his hand out towards me. I thought, “Oh well, I suppose I put my hand in his again,” see, so I did. The next thing I knew I was standing in the bar of this pub, see, and there were three of my old mates there. I went and stood up beside one and I remembered what I’d been told to do about the wife – to concentrate, think hard, you see. And he’d got this mug of beer up to his mouth and I was thinking to myself his name, see, and all of a sudden he plonked that down on the counter, you know. And he looked quite bewildered. He looked round, and then he said to his mates, my other two friends, he says, “That’s funny. I felt sure I heard… I felt sure I heard …”

So the others said, “Heard what?”

So he says, “Didn’t you hear nothing?”

And they said, ”No, we didn’t hear nothing.”

And I thought “Well I’ve made him…”… He thought, I suppose, he was making a bit of a fool of himself.

So he says, “Oh. It’s nothing.”

So they sort of laughed and said, “What’s up with you mate? You got the jitters?” You know, and they had a bit of a lark about it.

But he heard me alright. But it was done by my thoughts. One of the first things I realized was that you don’t have to talk to be heard. You’ve got to concentrate hard. It’s a matter of thinking all the time that you want to get into touch or you want to do something, and then it’s possible. You just can’t do it by sort of speaking out in the old way, you know. It was my first sort of lesson in this sort of thing.

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