x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Hope never lost for Abu Dhabi teacher

There are things whose value cannot be measured in terms of money, such as the bicycle which Michael Sayers lost 20 years ago.

Everyone has a favourite object - a garment, an old photo, a souvenir, or something of aesthetic value. And everyone loses things, sometimes - to carelessness, to bad luck or to a thief.

Michael Sayers is one of those unfortunate people who was deprived of his prize possession. Remarkably, 20 years later, he is still hoping to get it back. Who can blame him?

The 67-year-old British schoolteacher has been tormented by the memory of a beloved special bicycle he bought in England and lost, to a thief, in Abu Dhabi in 1992. As The National reported yesterday, Mr Sayers has been searching for his bike ever since, and has offered a reward of Dh3,000 for its return.

Is the prize worth the energy and effort? After all, and after 20 years, the odds against recovering the one he lost will be long, and he could have easily replaced it with another similar bicycle.

But that would not have filled his emotional void. There are things whose value cannot be measured in terms of money. Mr Sayers's persistence reveals something about the importance of hope.

You've got to admire optimism on this scale. It would be nice to read, some day, a happy ending to his quest.