Daily Archives: April 12, 2008

Fox news: cheeky dogs they are

THE LITTLE Reynard pictured above right in the header pic didn’t blanch when I took a shot of it early this morning.

It must want to be a celebrity fox, like Basil Brush. Boom, boom!

Indeed, the foxes round our yard here are as bold as brass, but timid inasmuch as if a cat shows up, they’ll do a runner.  They are not frightened of humans, even if we wear red coats, have dogs, ride roughshod over garden fences and blow a horn – Tally Ho!

Some of the local residents in this Parish of Harrow  (cough) seem to believe that it is other people’s dogs that are defecating in their yards. Not so. The urban fox has turned into the equivalent of the Border Collie in North West London – they are intelligent enough not to be taken out for runs around the park, although they have played havoc in many back gardens by digging up crocii, brocolli, rocket and the like in their relentless search for, er, worms.

They don’t defecate in back gardens any more, because the moggies see them off – they defecate on the pavements instead. But they spend many happy hours digging up worms out of gardens which doesn’t half irritate those people who grow “rocket” salad in their back gardens, rather than just going down to the local Tesco and saving themselves money and time.

BOGGARD If you’re wondering about the grey strip below the fox brush, this is not a photographic glitch, but represent “storage sheds” built by our three next door neighbours on our left. Harrow Council permits such “storage sheds” to be built three metres high without planning permission. So Monsieur Reynard is sunning himself on one of these concrete edifices, which are just as grey and characterless as New Shanghai.

Quacks continue onslaught on civil liberties

ALL DAY LONG, THE BBC has run stories based on a top quack Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians, who has hit out at pubs in the UK for supplying too big glasses of wine for the middle classes.

The drink lobby is already on the run – according to this story, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers says that “customers need choice”.

Er, customers in pubs in the UK are like sheep that need shearing and if the giant chains that run the declining pubs here can get an extra pound or two out of us then they’re quite happy for us to be in their clip joints.

The Royal College of Physicians, however, are a worrying lot. Just a few weeks back, another lobby group of quacks said that all the advice they’d given about people having so many “units” of alcohol a day or week wasn’t based upon science and they had no evidence at all about how many “units” were safe for people.

The glass industry will be next to tip in, saying “consumers” should have choice about not just the quantity in their glasses, but the shape of their glasses. This is all a  very British phenomenon.  In the last few years, plenty of our civil liberties have been removed for all sorts of spurious reasons.

It is time that the Royal College of Physicians learned that they’re just a bunch of quacks, and no-one has voted them in. However venerable the organisation might be, it should butt out of things that don’t concern them, and start worrying instead about the quality of health care they offer in this country.  And the state of the NHS, which is in a terrible state.

Doctors need watching more than publicans because the former trade has a say over life and death, while the latter trade can only say: “Your very clean glasses please.” Count your change in both cases.