Monday, March 16, 2015
Councillors Cox & Evans and an Old Sausage Heist.
Well, I ain't touched a chainsaw all week, and it feels goooood.
The husky kicks back in a hot tub full of chain oil with a glass of fizzy two stroke, enjoying a brief sabbatical before we set about some crack willow on the non fishing bank. I've had a few days with wood in hand patching up a few bridges and seats and ordering timber for a replacement bridge above the bottom bends. It's a big bridge that takes the tractor now and again so the sub frame, like Irn Bru, is made from girders, it's just the top that is rotten and mush. It's lasted eighteen years, the last time I had to attend to it I cast some concrete on which the girders sit listening to Cool Dawn win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, well it was the Queen Mother Chase this year and an equally exciting race. The top is made of big bits of soft wood as chunks of oak of an equivalent size would cost a packet, but regular treatment with the thin
Cuprinol or Ronseal wood treatment that really soaks in beautifully and extends the life of soft wood which would otherwise be done for in a couple of years, in such a damp environment.
Thank you in advance to Cuprinol & Ronseal for the cheque,
During one recent hot summer, groundwater levels were incorrectly assessed in one region of the south and a hosepipe ban was implemented months after it should have been. It was reported in the national press, but drew little reaction because something else was on at the time. I've half a mind to point the finger at the Duchess of Cambridge who may have taken her top off on a deckchair in France or perhaps gave birth to the future sun king or was it a heap of hoss rocking up in a nation's burgers or, heaven forfend, a Scot winning Wimbledon,
I could go on, but it was buried news
I will question some of the figures produced for the monthly report and hope that people far less addled than myself on a salary commensurate with their status, are doing the same, in the realisation that the groundwater supply in the south of England needs to be monitored effectively because its value as a resource will increase with each passing year.
I'm reluctant to brandish my gong of Hants FA Groundsman of the year 2011 (Runner Up)
Ok, I am persuaded,
but can we all agree to gloss over the Google Earth expose on the world's first five sided pitch.
If there was water in the spring ditch that bordered the pitch in March you'd need a mudlark on the wing if you were to garner late season points, this was not an unusual occurrence, and one corner was notoriously spongy towards the end of the football season. Compare the photo shown in here of the spring in the wood with the one that appeared on here a few weeks ago, the level has dropped. Bridges are further away from the water than they were two months ago (again feel free to compare pictures on here) and the thin black line that appears at the point where the bank meets the river water is all too evident. As a final means of confirmation the hatch on the house at the bottom of the Mill Stream is firmly closed with little spare water going over the top.
No data required (wasn't that an album by Phil Collins)
and to use the modern method of removing a few letters to make a word a little more sharp and edgy, and Hey! come on, letters don't come cheap
This valley would have benefited from more rain this winter but it seems current conditions are now the considered"norm"
While we are on data, it is time to attend to Peter Moores and his cast of thousands who fag for the fifteen cricketers who pose as an international cricket team.
Let us first examine how Peter came to pull on the shoes of head honcho for the second time in not many years, and his remarkable journey from walk on part as Uncle Peter in 90's TV smash the Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, to Chief de Mission of the 2015 World cup squad, and let's not forget we moved an Ashes series to prepare for this.
There now follows two public information films courtesy of Councillors Cox and Evans on prospective constituency life in 2016 in some corners of the country.
Over to you Councillor Cox
Coming to a seaside constituency near you. Trust you to trust us.
News just in, Green party leader calls for extension of hunting ban to other field sports such as hare coursing and grouse shooting. If you read the big print Caroline, you'll note that hare coursing was covered by the original act, and as an aside there are more hares bite the dust around here than there ever were before the ban. A failure to understand the links between field sports and environmental preservation, Doh!
I believe this form of writing where spaces are eliminated is also current.
I'd half a mind not to include the following passage, call it my Carly Simon moment if you will, but hell hath no fury like a chap scorned over sausage, so here goes -
Earlier this week, I was set to thought by a brief incident in one of our local food emporia.
Popping in of a lunch time for a few essentials, I perused the reduced price section where yellow labels on fine cuts of meat drew me in like sirens to the rocks.
Some mighty fine sausages caught the eye, and as I extended my arm to claim my prize, a hand whipped the prize of Porky White's peachiest provender away from under my eyes. Lifting my gaze, I identified my sausage gazumper, who was away down the aisle with the reduced price pork based products before I could give chase. A few months prior to this I'd been surprised to see the other half of the sausage siezer, queuing up with the cream of town society clutching a fist full of lottery tickets for the midweek draw, despite the pair owning many, many acres and heaps and heaps of houses.
I've no mind for revolution, the waltzers leave me nauseous, and I miss the Romanovs, but this sausage heist and a fist full of tickets doesn't sit well with me when you would appear to have won the lottery of life many times over, so come on old fruit, the two slices of old corned beef served for a working man's lunch, but I'll not be gazumping your five figure holiday to Bermuda or taking your table at Whites, so spare a chap an old sausage and a fair pop at the lotto, what!
Reality check required
An addendum: The old bit of the corned beef was delicious, but no Porky White.
An Addendum II: All names have been changed, neither of the pair are close acquaintances neither are we on speaking terms. I just know who they are, whether they would have any idea as to who I was, I haven't a clue. Like Carly I'm keeping shtum for the time being but if I'm jocked off some sausages again then look out. .
Today is my 47th birthday thank you for the cards and presents. If Biffidus digestivum, anti oxidents and Oil of Olay are to be believed, I am now entering the second quarter of life. I'd anticipated some sort of crisis by now, but I have no urge to get my nipples pierced or buy a three wheeled motorbike. In contrast to 20 years ago, I understand comfortable shoes, don't like staying up or out late, like a nap now and again and no longer go fishing in the rain.
Unless this guff is the crisis and my ranting and railing in an attempt to pop a few balloons is the internet version of black leather trousers and a nipple ring.
I'm a little confused, but then that is the one thing I did expect to be at this age.