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Using My Christmas present from the Mrs and looking forward to the Birthday present

Tom Winnifrith
Sunday 11 January 2015

As you may know the Mrs has decreed that I cannot work in the house because I make it untidy, stop her having freedom to canoodle three legged cat Oakley, watch Coronation Street and “work” on Facebook, etc. And so I was consigned to the garage as my new study. As October turned to November I flagged up that the garage was a little on the nippy side.

And so for Christmas by biggest present was a radiator. I have until now managed to avoid using it and have happily worked away in the kitchen. The Mrs has this morning put her little feet down and so I am now in the garage. The radiator is blasting away against my left leg which is toasting nicely. My right leg is about surviving. But above the desk my fingers are freezing as I tap away. I suppose it keeps me awake. The Mrs is however almost quoting the blessed Margaret – of whom she strongly disapproves: “The lady is not for turning.”

Meanwhile as a birthday present I am to be allowed to give a lecture to the sociology students currently taught by the Mrs. These impressionable young people currently have their minds filled with all sorts of nonsense about the “science” of Marxist theory, the exploitation of workers and the third world and similar topics. Later this term they are in for a shock.

“Greed is good, capitalism makes the world a better place for all “is the working title of my talk – I suspect this will be the first time that these young folks have heard such a message. I have asked that the talk and the students/lecturers chucking chairs at me and howling abuse be videoed so that I can put it up here. Into the Lion’s Den I go.


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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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