Ten minutes later, after a long wait and on a call that he was paying for, the person at the other end was still far more interested in trying to elicit his personal details than in alerting the engineers to a very burst pipe and a serious flood. In the end, he hung up. Next time, he says he won't bother. So much for being a responsible citizen. Explains perfectly why the Great Flood caused such universal devastation. I can just imagine the scenario:
Babylon Water: Hello, you are through to Babylon Water. How can I help you?
Noah: Listen, I've been told by somebody who really knows about these things that there's going to be rain for the next 40 days and nights and all who dwell upon the earth will be wiped out.
BW: I'm sorry: you are?
BW: Can you spell that for me please.
Noah: Listen: the earth is going to be destroyed by floodwater.
BW: Could you give me your address and the number you're calling from?
Noah: You're not listening are you? The whole world is about to be flooded. You need to alert people.
BW: I'm sorry, who told you this again?
BW: Is that God with a 'g'?
Noah: It's actually beginning to rain heavily now....
BW: Could you give us the contact details of your informant.
Noah: I think we're going to have to get into our ark.
BW: I'm sorry, we don't deal with homelessness.
Noah: Please. Just warn everyone. The floodgates are about to open. Look, I have to go - I need to get all these animals on board.
BW: We don't deal with stray animals either.
Noah: (puts down phone in disgust) I give up.
On another separate front, I have been accused of bullying one of our beloved local councillors. Yes, I know. Barely credible, isn't it? It happened the day before the local elections. I was checking the Green councillor's Twitter timeline, and discovered Tweets from a Tory councillor and from the leader of the Labour group on the District council applauding the EU neonicotinoid ban.
Tory Dude (who seemed unaware that his Great Leader voted against the ban) went further, declaring his love of all things wild and the need to preserve them for posterity. Couldn't resist, so tweeted words to effect that if he loved wildlife, why was his council planning to kill off all our legally protected Roman Snails.
Had tea. When I returned to Twitter, unbelievably, the leader of Labour group had piled back in and accused me of bullying poor Tory Dude, who is, by the way, an adult, not 12 years old and so quite capable of defending himself. Re-tweeted this with great glee. By next morning - the day of the local elections, his and Tory Dude's tweets had mysteriously been deleted. Classic example of locking the stable door after the bullshit has bolted.
|The latest leak....|
** Re: Veolia. I contacted them via their website to complain about the jobsworth who dealt with BH, and the cost of the call. So far, so nothing. Leak got fixed. But sadly, there's now another leak ....