Would we cheat?
licence could not be automatically renewed.’
was an email that sent me into a spin recently, even writing it down now gives
me a fright.
into your TV licence, manage and update – Please visit our website to view your
TV licence online and update your details.’
been renewing my licence online for years, what could have gone wrong? Well, it
was a scam of course. There was a link to press on which I ignored and instead went
onto the TV licensing website and checked. I also went onto my bank payment and
sure enough all was well and fully paid up.
not always aware of bills that are paid out automatically and so a scam is easy
to fall for. One thing that made me suspicious, however, was that there was a
spelling mistake and I did not think that would happen with official mail.
were in the news from the Netherlands recently doing something that did not
seem correct. I always thought that they were thieves and this time they were stealing
anti-bird spikes to make their nests. Using a system that was intended for
something else they will stop at nothing to achieve their aim which is survival
and to rear young successfully.
magpie nest at the very top of our pine tree has been successful this year and
two young appeared in the garden hopping about after their parents. They are
aggressive and other birds fly away, they eat the food put out for Speckles the
hen and drink her water. The other day I saw the two young ones leaning over
the pond; they were reaching out to eat the fish pellets floating there. They
are opportunists and it is hard to stop them.
friend had a barbeque recently. He used to set this up every year and a mixed
group of people went to enjoy a summer’s evening there. This one was the first
since 2019 and you will know why. How interesting it was to see old friends
that seemed almost like strangers as we caught up on news. I met someone new
who worked in a supermarket. Her partner was a nurse. The nurse’s story was
familiar to us all during the recent pandemic and how they had to look after
people putting themselves at risk at the same time. But I had not thought much
about the supermarket worker who was on the front-line serving customers. She
had to supervise and make sure that we were all obeying the rules and told how difficult
it had been to make sure that no one was trying to cheat.
(Taken from my column in the Shropshire Star)