It's coming up to 7:30am on Sunday morning. The sky is just starting to lighten slightly.
I have no reason to be awake let alone up and yet I am. In fact I have been since about 3:45am.
I hate the kind of insomnia that lulls you into a false sense of security by letting you drift off to sleep only to find yourself wide awake a couple of hours later. At least the kind that doesn't let you sleep at all has some kind of honesty about it ...
I WAS going to write you a blog post. I had decided to share those things that happened over Christmas (including the one that isn't actually about me but was so funny it really needs to be shared).
But my head and my fingers aren't communicating right now and I know I wouldn't do it justice SO .... I had a bit of a rummage around the blog and decided on a reposting.
So, hear it is ....
'Crap and Councillors'
This evening I attended a council meeting.
For those of you who don't know, I belong to an action group for our local park.
We do a little fund raising. A little bulb planting. A little bench painting ect.
Little things that make our park a nicer place and ensure that the local council have a vested interest in keeping it looking good ie WE KNOW WHERE THEY LIVE!!!
God councillors are (for the most part) boring old farts!
I went along with Den. I shall call him Den, not necessarily because that's his name but because that's what I choose to call him.
In fact, I shall call him Dirty Den or DD or no ... I shall call him Double D!!!
Ok, Double D (which is NOT his real name) and I rocked up at about 6:20 for a 6:30 start.
He is a truly crap driver btw with a truly crap car.
I got in the bastard thing, went to shut the door and the whole door panel damn near came off in my hand (my bloody finger nail DID come off!!).
He also drove half the way home again so busy slagging off the Christmas lights in town (they aren't THAT bad) that he totally forgot to turn his lights on.
Anyway, crap driver with a shitty car he may be but I'm really rather fond of him and I love that fact that he's so far out of place in a council meeting it's like being there with an alien from another planet which cheers me up no end.
Like I said, they are a bunch of boring farts.
Double D kept asking what I was scribbling on my note pad before the meeting had even started.
Blog fodder I hissed (he has NO idea what a blog is bless him) have you seen his braces?
Pull those babies any higher and he'll be wearing his testicles as earrings!
Better still twang them and see if his nipples fly off said Double D.
I snorted VERY loudly at that point not realising that as I was leaning forward Id depressed the talk button on my microphone.
I sooo wanted to take pictures of them all for you.
That's another thing!!
The damn room was set up like the House of Commons. All state of the art whatnots, no WONDER the bloody roads are full of pot hole, I SEE where my council tax goes!!
Anyway, I digress ...
I so want to just photocopy and scan my scribbles for you complete with doodles but they are so bad even I struggle to decipher them.
It started off with a friendly debate about when they would be getting their year book (the councillors bible that tells them all the meeting dates, who's who, who THEY are ect).
It transpired that a couple had already got them. Much 'poor show' and 'ye gads' followed as those who had flourished them and those who didn't looked on in envy.
That was until it transpire that this year THERE WAS NO RIBBON!!
What effing ribbon?
The one to place in between the pages so you don't lose your place of course.
They seemed to lose some of their kudos after that and much grumbling and threats of 'having words' were uttered.
Apparently it was a money saving initiative.
OF COURSE, they have to pay for f*cking state of the art conference rooms SOMEHOW don't they?
Then there was the discussion about the clocks in the room.
One told the correct time, the other appeared to be stuck at 5 to 5.
'Wasn't that the time Blue Peter used to start?' Said the mayor (I shit you not, it was the mayor!)
No, said Cllr ESP (and yes, those ARE his real initials;) That was Cracker Jack.
The sole magistrate at the back (who had been peacefully dozing) suddenly piped up, 'we have to pay for our own effing year books you know, you should think yourselves lucky!.
She then went promptly back to sleep for the rest of the meeting.
The Chair, cllr f*ckwit (yeees, that's HIS real name too :) apologised for sounding like he came from Wolverhampton but he had a slight cold (difficult one that if you dont know what a Wolverhampton accent sounds like)
Ok, this might help ...
They then discussed the merits of having a calender printed next year.
Ooh, we were going to do that piped up the deputy mayor but the cost was astronomical so we are having a series of tea towels printed instead (I shit you not!!;).
Briefly the possibility of having the cllrs do it WI style, ie naked was considered but it was generally agreed that no one really wanted to see them at all ... ever ... even fully clothed let alone in the buff .
This was all by the way BEFORE the meeting proper started.
We were there to discuss the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and to ensure that events didn't encroach or overlap.
Woe betide anyone trying to steal a rise over the Eggbuckland egg throwing competition or the Welland wheelbarrow race with (chortle) REAL wheelbarrows!!
Personally I thought the Wellington wife wanging competition and the Thurloxton toast tossing events sounded like MUCH more fun. (I may or may not be lying about any or ALL of this btw;)
They then started banging on about lighting the beacons which was all a little boring tbh.
Should they just be official ones or could we all build bloody great bonfires in our back gardens?
Historically they would have been lit at the top of churches but sadly health and safety and insurance etc pretty much rules that out these days.
I did have a little chuckle when concerns were expressed that this bureaucracy, gone mad might, 'weaken the beacon' :)
There was then a long diatribe from a bloke I could have sworn wasn't English but according to Double D it was just that he had so many plums in his mouth he could barely speak.
No idea what he was banging on about.
Midway through it all I had a sudden craving for Coronation Chicken.
WTF was that all about??
I haven't had Coronation Chicken since the 1987 (and even then it was turkey, not chicken) .
Anyway, I think I got down most of the salient points.
Perhaps I should just email this post to our secretary?
That'll teach her to go herself next time!
A Sarah original is in the pipeline and might even get finished when I find a cure for insomnia ;)