Cowart's Common Room

Today is Saturday, May 15, 2010.

Half way through the month, we need to do our accounts, in order to learn how much month there will be left after we run out of money. Old accounting maxim:
"When your outgo exceeds your income your upkeeping becomes your downfall."

Always thought Britain was a reasonably civilized place. It was only comparatively recently that Bobbies started carrying side-arms (pistols). So Bear finds it peculiarly and particularly sad that a former Minister of the Crown, Stephen Timms, recently re-elected to the Commons, was stabbed at a constituency meeting yesterday. He's in hospital; a young woman has been taken into custody. I can understand pistols at 20 paces to settle a dispute, but this most recent attack on an MP is a bit much, even if the MP had been a total disappointment (which, apparently, he had not, since he'd just been re-elected). It's making Arsenic and Old Lace sound positively realistic.

Around the Purple Coo, the Headmistress has been revving up her chain saw. It appears that the Owl Chat (so delightfully convened my Camilla as the "I Can't Sleep Chat Post") and the Bear's "Good Morning!" could become history. Bear is not particularly worried. I've been thrown out of better places than this (though I just can't, um, er, remember . . . exactly).

Exotic Green Gunpowder tea from Ceylon today. Squares of Rice Crispies in marshmallow with chocolate chips in the biscuit tins. (Bear used a ruler to make sure they're square.) A bit different, perhaps, but children over hear love them. So does Bear.

Hope you have a grand day. (Please be careful of people with knives and chain saws.)

Posted at 15th May 2010 - 04:33AM   Posted by Rob-bear   GOOD MORNING! Comments: 3

Tiggywinkle's Avatar Love the quote, Bear. I think everyone is watching the pennies these days. The ones you have seem to fly out, and the ones saved have disappeared into thin air. What a mess the world is in, and all down to greed, power and corruption. I'm off to a Parish fete to meet friends, buy books, and more stuff.Laughing

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 15th May 2010 at 09:50AM

Bobbies still dont carry fire arms here, Bear - and they are only issued to specially trained police units that are deployed in high risk situations. They are still a rare sight, and usually only seen at Airports and the like. Most Bobbies still make do with a truncheon, or as its now called a night stick.

MPs dont have protection either usually, unless they are in senior Government ministerial positions. It was notable that when Cameron drove back from Buck House to Downing Street, having just been appointed as PM by the Queen, that there were no Police outriders, or additional cars. We joked that this must be down to financial cuts iin the Met Police and MI5!

Posted by: Zoe on 15th May 2010 at 11:56AM

Dancing Dog's Avatar Thanks for the Rice Crispie treats. They don't get made now that the step-kids have grown up and away. Something about the chewiness makes them irresistable.

Unfortunatley, all police are armed over here. I hate it. It makes me feel very vulnerable.

Posted by: Dancing Dog on 15th May 2010 at 12:41PM

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