Thursday, May 25, 2017
Breakdown, Recovery plus Scouts and Guides
But first an appeal.
We all see them. Sitting silently with pleading eyes in all weathers at the entrance to shops. Shabbily dressed, pleading, desperate for offerings. We all pass them by, quickening our step or averting our gaze. A silent minority whose plight we all seek to ignore.
This bank holiday weekend spare a thought for the AA salesmen, whether outside your local supermarket or in the foyer of the motorway services. Stop when they hail you and show some compassion and feign interest in their plight.
The Big Issue gets all the heat when it comes to rattling a cup at Joe Public but spare a thought for Roadside assistance packages and Free Onward Travel.
AA street salesmen, the forgotten few.
Well that's the appeal box ticked to preserve the charitable status of the house, so on to the fishing.
So fingers crossed for the weather forecast,
News just in from Mr Schaffenacker, dry for a while,
As you were everyone.
On the way home I purchased the necessary gifts for the ever officious security team at the airport that serves as a gateway to the Highlands and Islands (they never send a thank you card, even for the 110ml of shampoo I handed over last year) and returned home.
Where Madam had kindly held the fort and undertaken every dog walk and other associated outdoor tasks in torrents of rain
I was also invited up to the top of the Avon for an afternoon. Always a fun trip there were many mayfly, much weed and I caught fish off the top in a river that was short of water and a little more murky than one would normally expect.
And then we woke one morning to the madness in Manchester.
It's a tremendous city, and one which I frequented many times in my youth, drawn with friends to the fleshpots of Affleck's Palace off Oldham St and its ready supply of ripped 501's and fancy shoes and jackets, yes I was quite the thing once, what with the ear ring positively piratical.
I am the father of a young man aged twenty two and young woman of twenty four who are on the cusp of embarking on the adventure that is the oft complicated but ultimately rich soup of life.
What drives another young person of similar age to plan and commit such an act is beyond my comprehension,
There is evil afoot.