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3 May 2023

This England: Block and awe

This column – which, though named after a line in Shakespeare’s “Richard II”, refers to the whole of Britain – has run in the NS since 1934.

By New Statesman

A man caused a traffic jam by standing in front of a bus that he had just missed.

This left a huge traffic jam of several hundred metres and led to a stand-off between the man and the bus driver. After the pair had a brief argument, the driver relented and allowed the man on.
The Sun
(Adam Robertson)

Special delivery

A postal worker on the Isle of Mull went the extra mile to find the relatives of a woman who died almost a quarter of a century ago.

After being “unsure” where a card for Peggy Stewart should be delivered, staff from Tobermory’s post office took it to a gravestone on the Isle of Mull.

A message on social media showed the card laid at the side of her grave with a note, hoping the family of Mrs Stewart, who died in 2000, would see it was delivered.
Aberdeen Press & Journal
(Ron Grant)

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Indecent company

Do you like sucking the joy out of life? Then work for Companies House! It has banned hundreds of “unacceptable” (aka “quite cheering”) business names because they might offend.

So it’s bye to Little Pricks Acupuncture, and to Little Northern Tart, purveyor of baked goods. Farewell, too, to the decorators Stripped ’n’ Well Hung.
The Times
(Amanda Welles)

Off colour

A homeowner who was ordered to repaint her pink front door in a conservation area has painted it bright green.

Miranda Dickson, 49, obtained planning consent for the switch in Edinburgh’s New Town area after being threatened with a £20,000 fine over her initial choice.
(Paul Newman)

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This article appears in the 03 May 2023 issue of the New Statesman, Beneath the Crown