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Here by Glimpses Known



In keeping with last week's theme of sleeping and shoes, I bring you another glimpse of Mayotte. This cobbler has his shoemending shop set up in the shade of a mango tree just across the street from the market. Business is a little slow and the day is hot, so why not catnap? 



Ne su’tor ultra crep’idam. (Let not the cobbler overstep his last --in other words: Let no one presume to interfere in matters of which he is ignorant.)

 The tale goes that a cobbler detected a fault in the shoe-latchet of one of Apelles’ paintings, and the artist rectified the fault. The cobbler, thinking himself very wise, next ventured to criticise the legs; but Apelles answered, “Keep to your trade”—you understand about shoes, but not about anatomy. E. Cobham Brewer 1810-1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.


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