…after sending me a threatening email on the 23rd of December 2020 have changed their minds, at the end of April 2021. I can pay for my boat licence without the promised ‘trouble’.
I have received a very nice letter of comprehensive apology, and an offer of fifty quid from
C&RT Public funds as a token thereof (which I have declined because a., I’m not that cheap and b., the canal infrastructure needs all of the money it can get or keep, and diverting any to me – or to any other non-canal issue – would not be right). I am told that email wordings will be changed, procedures reviewed and that when I clickez-vous on the C&RT website to forkez-moi over mon moolah I will not be met with resistance.
Splendid. What a lot of wholly unnecessary fuss, nonsense and stress, but at least now, for this year, tis done with.
My sincere thanks to the gentleman who put a lid on it.
Just f.y.i., for anyone else heading this way, the Elsan Point in St Mark’s Square is out of action, and the bins are full.
In other gnus we’ve just had the most splendid early-May weather here for a couple of days. Cold, coupled with blasting winds and lashing rain. There’s nothing like a good lash. Today – this morning at least – is forecast (and appears to be) much more civilised, but then we’re back to the early North-Atlantic summer weather again. Mr Stove has been back on full duty and will, later this day, be cooking up a pot of Bloke Curry (made from whatever I can find in the fridge that hasn’t yet developed its own civilisation, and a jar of Patak’s Lazy Git Finest). I’ll add a few Hutson touches to the recipe and then cook it until the spoon dissolves and it declares itself ready to mangez.
Heck, if the weather sets in again I may even eat it in front of a celebratory airing of Master & Commander this evening.
Now I must away and file all of those emails, transcripts and wotnots, j.i.c.
Then I can put the sandbags and the tin hat away until the next time I have to try to do business with a total Arsenal Villa are doing awfully well this season, are they not?
Ian H., & Cardinal W., &etc.