Saturday, 23 April 2011
The next door neighbour keeps a dog. It has simply been thrown out of the back door, has no toys, no regular walks, isn't kept clean, isn't brought into the house regardless of the weather and has had no training whatsoever.
The smell is atrocious. Trust me.
The dog is showing stereotyped behaviour - running from kitchen door to back gate and back again repeatedly and barks at the slightest thing.
I call the RSPCA on occasion and as far as they're concerned, the dog is fed, watered and has some sort of shelter - an outside cupboard. There is no overt abuse, so as far as they're concerned, there is nothing wrong.
The dog scratches and scrapes the kitchen door and is often up on its hind legs with its front paws on the window sill.
Nothing has been cleaned for weeks and now the warm weather has kicked in, the stench and the flies it attracts is atrocious.
The dog goes nuts and flings itself at the fence the second it hears my keys in my kitchen door lock and carries on barking and jumping long after I've gone back into my house.
There is no fresh air, no real work going on in my garden (I'm scared of dogs that want to try and eat me) and although I've contacted the housing association, they're not that interested either.
So here's to another fly blown, stinking Summer.
Thursday, 21 April 2011
As a child growing up in the 1970s, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker were the Doctor Whos that I remember watching (from between my fingers) and it was the ever faithful, if slightly attitudinous sidekick Sarah Jane Smith that was by their side.
Whovians all over the internet have been paying tribute to a fine actress who has recently been on our televisions in 'The Sarah Jane Adventures'.
Type "Doctor", "Who" and "episode" into YouTube and you will probably come across Sarah Jane.
Sunday, 17 April 2011
There have been some calamitous decisions made over the years by the governments of the day.
Privatising the energy industries, thereby putting them at the mercy of the stock markets and ensuring eventual foreign control of virtually all the energy used in Britain?
Anything for a quick buck there, eh, guys?
Shutting down entire, specialist hospitals and centralising their functions in fewer, harder to reach general and teaching hospitals with fewer beds and not enough specialist staff?
Wasn't the best idea, was it?
Invading Iraq after the followers of a Yemeni-based Saudi flew planes into American landmarks?
I got soooooo annoyed I resigned my Labour party membership.........yeah, like that helped.
Private finance initiatives which have left local councils and NHS trusts paying massive amounts of their income to construction companies for the forseeable future?
I'll think about voting Lib/Dem in future.
However, shutting down the entire Forensic Science Service because it's losing too much money, has to be one of the most short-sighted, bone-headed, penny pinching and short termist ideas that I've heard for a long time.
I really am absolutely speechless.
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
The problem is compounded by the council's poor maintenance of the drains. Instead of going into the drain, the water pours over the blocked drain cover and carries on down the road.
Recently, I complained to the council.More men from Severn Trent arrived, they re-dug the same area, dug a hole deep enough to bury a traffic cone and watched the hole fill up deeply enough to drown said traffic cone..........
........before filling it in again.
Again, they've made no attempt to find the source of the water, or empty the hole before piling more gravel and tarmac in again.
Nice work on the potholes there, guys. Oh yeah, different department.I wonder if we could make a feature of it.........