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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Did you know that February has been a sad month for the UK over the years.
It’s the month that the powers that be decided that when we join the European Economic
Community (aka EEC) the public would prefer to do away with stupid pounds, shillings
and pence and convert the pound into a 100 bits instead of 240 bits and I think the
idea then occurred to them that feet, inches, yards, and miles would also confuse
non-natives. Shall we also think about doing away with another daft idea called English
because it’s so flexible to the extent of using those foreign words to augment our
language without even paying a royalty fee. No wonder they hate us!
Another year brought forth moving our time from GMT to continuous double summertime.
But that was really taking the idea of making life easy for foreigners and the Brits
dug their heels in just to make it easy for them. No doubt changing to driving on
the right was a step to far.
Just to make your day, we also got married in February - it was cold and foggy and
just to add to the misery, we lost two hours and been trying to make it up ever since
without any success I should add.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
And it came to pass, that yesterday we noticed, as if by magic, a nice shiny new
‘poo bin, to replace one that for some reason was removed to carry out the works
on the corner. We did ask for a larger one but the thinking must go along the lines
that the space for vehicles to pull over and deposit their rubbish, take that phone
call or just sit and eat their lunch is now reduced so not enough space for their
rubbish in a small bin. Little do they know about motorists! Once it gets full, they
will simply just chuck it out of the window or to spread it about, drive away and
use the wide verge like wot they used to. One of the real benefits of country living
I’ve found. Not even the abundance of moles will stop them.
Spring is almost here, so the walkers will be out in their numbers trying to find
their way about. You think I’m joking, just this morning whilst walking the hounds,
a man came over the bridge from the estate the other side of the A6 and wondered
off down the path. For some reason he must have thought it was a short cut to the
big metropolis of Birstall. He was then seen coming back from the short length that
goes to the school and went off in the direction of Wanlip. On getting to the corner
had to decide whether to turn round, go back up the side of the field (aka public
footpath) or risk carrying on along the new path beside the woods into the unknown.
He reached the road and spotted Birstall in the distance so set off in that direction.
I suppose it beats the Japanese couple I met a couple of years ago who were following
the instructions on their smartphone and still got lost on their way to East Midlands
airport (the Skylink bus goes along the A6).
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Here we are again with the press suggesting that all will be well by July, Shops
etc will be open in June, visiting relatives in March providing you have paid for
a virus test and schools also in March.
All the above depends on suspect data, of course! With my best thinking cap on I
thought of all the implications if all the cunning government plans actually came
Let’s start with the £100 virus test - that’s enough to stop a lot of people or simply
just not have one which comes to the next part of their plan. Our relatives are 100+
miles away (couldn’t find anywhere further at the time) so I jump into my new legal
electric car all fully charged and just get to the nearest one (good job we didn’t
take the caravan!), pop in to see every one and then the return journey has to be
broken by ‘charge and coffee’ breaks several times so the 2 hour journey turns into
10 hour journey back. Not a trip intend doing again but I expect Boris thinks the
clock will be turned back with replacement vehicles available every few miles, so
coaching stops will become vehicle stops, it makes you wonder what Boris will do?
Of course we could always go by train except Mr Beeching put paid to that being any
easier when a previous conservative government had the cunning plan to get everyone
moving around by car instead.
On a brighter note after a couple of days our nice new bright red ‘poo’ box is just
There will be more, never fear! (I suppose you should, really).