A farmer on the radio (from where all my inspiration comes) said that he had just scanned his sheep, and 12 were 'empty'. You have to be ruthless to use terminology like that, but I think you have to be ruthless to be a farmer, full stop.
A Network Rail executive is on the radio right now, failing to justify why he had allowed thousands of people to be stranded at Christmas because of 'essential work' to the lines which was not completed by the time that everyone needed to escape their loved ones and get home.
Traditionally, he explained, Christmas is a quiet time, by which he means that most of the businesses which allow their employees a few days off are going to lose money anyway, so carrying out work on the railway at this holiday period produces minimum disruption - to them.
I'm not going to bang on about the privatisation of public services again (he lied), but this wouldn't have happened with British Rail - even under Beeching - would it?
Someone called the police over Christmas on a 999 call, because a hedgehog was eating slugs at the bottom of his garden. How is this related to the privatisation of public services?
Well, this 999 call should have obviously been taken by the Mental Health authorities, but they are all so stretched working in A and E right now, that the police have to handle all the nutters by holding them in cells which should be reserved for drunks, and they are completely untrained for this sort of work.
Stories like these are a good way of softening everyone up for further privatisation - you know, leave it to the professionals.
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