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As we go to press, the Heathrow Expansion masterplan has been released for consultation and we await the next person to be appointed Prime Minister. The likely incumbent will be far too busy scheming his demolition of the EU withdrawal agreement and devising a cunning plan to win the next general election to find any time to lie in front of the bulldozers. Nor does it seem likely that he will have the whole shebang moved to an artificial island in the Thames Estuary. The exposure risk to passing Iranian gunboats will serve as an entirely unforseen good reason to abandon his previous ambitious plan.
My dear Friends
The weather is of course the nation’s favourite topic of conversation. It’s safe – value-free and non-confrontational – and because everyone experiences it, everyone will have something to say about it.
It’s the perfect opening gambit when you find yourself needing to talk to a stranger, and a great gap-filler when neither of you is quite sure what to say next. Actually we’re fortunate that the UK weather is quite interesting because it’s so unpredictable; how on earth could you use this particular small talk if you lived in an arid desert or a tropical rainforest?
I remember John Humphrys on Radio 4’s Today asking what new things anyone could say about the wet and stormy weather which had then been occurring daily for several weeks in some parts of the country, and then answered his own question: it’s exactly that. Never in living memory had such weather lasted so long. And these last few weeks have been similar; 1st June was a beautiful sunny day, but since then… well, we’re all wondering if and when summer will really get going.
More Parish Notes from John the Ticket
Well once again the organisers of the Village Fete had yet another success under their belt. Weather was sort of OK with a couple of showers damping down a little bit. Some of my chums were running the Burger bar. Two out back rendering themselves cooking sausages, chicken and burgers. Three lovely ladies first collecting money and two serving up the grub. I noticed very busy all the time I was at the Fete. Well done you five. Many other stalls doing very well. I hope this year was a successful as in previous years. My sister over from France appreciated all the efforts from all those involved in the Fete.