I’d like to plant this idea please.

Cheltenham Borough Council have caused a bit of a “who-ha” by suggesting that they abandon their current very expensive method of planting some of their flower beds with bedding plants each season and using a more sustainable and economic way of planting.

They have explained it as below, but I fear they are fighting the boring old fuddy-duddies who won’t change anything, least of all their dreadfully wasteful way of planting and then watering these blooming things.

The Fuddies have got up a petition to keep it as it is,. I’ve signed for change to the new way of doing things and hope that you might help. It’s a bit of an uphill battle as Cheltenham is awash with Fuddies, and they have a lot of signatures.

The system is not helped by the fact that one has to register with the Council in order to sign, but please persist and look out for a page like this.

Please sign for change. Let’s spend the money they save on more worthwhile and urgent services.

Those Green People on the Council


Cheltenham Planting



I suppose I could be called this after my week with BT trying to fathom out why they have been charging me a different amount to what they said they would. There I was with a printed sheet telling me what to expect and then the bloke on the phone telling me to refer to an email that said something quite different. I offered to email him a copy of the printed sheet, but he said that would not be necessary as the amount quoted on the email was the correct figure. I suspect that my expression resembled this one, but with less hair.

And I’m normally such a happy chap.

A reminder of Summer…

A quick rendition of The Willow Tree, short version, by my chum Robin. Done in the approach to Summer. Something to cheer you up on a wintery day, and a change from Haircuts.