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I went to London on Friday and came back yesterday (Monday). I always forget how much I dislike London till I go back. I don’t think I could ever live there again. I’m too used to the peace and quiet of a country town, people having time to smile and say good morning, going into stores and workers having time to exchange a few remarks. In London, people barely look at each other, let alone nod or speak.

As for the traffic…. well, in our small town we think think it’s a major traffic jam if there are 10 cars ahead of us at a junction! Of course, in bigger towns here in south-west England, there are traffic jams, pollution and busy people but not on the scale of London. Our closest cities are Bath, Bristol and Salisbury. Only Bristol is really big because it takes about 30 to 50 minutes to travel from the outskirts to the centre, depending on which way you come in and the traffic.

On the way home last night, there was a major accident on the motorway causing the police to close both carriageways. It was obviously very serious because the air ambulance came to take the casualties to hospital. It took 2 hours for the motorway to open. Luckily, I had a newspaper and a book to read but I was desperate to go to the toilet so we went into the next service station.

We got home very late but at least we arrived safely unlike the people involved in the accident so I don’t moan about the wait or long delay.

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Pigeon on the roadI know pigeons are vermin and pests, particularly in towns and cities. They carry disease, they disfigure buildings and pavements (sidewalks) with their droppings as well as cause physical damage to buildings.

If pigeons start nesting in a roof space because you’ve got a loose tile, they can create a hideous mess and it can cost a lot of money to get rid of them and fumigate the loft. My best friend found she had pigeons nesting in her loft. Luckily she discovered this soon after they moved in. Here in the UK we’re advised to get a specialist in to remove them who has the proper equipment and protective clothing and masks because of the risk of disease. Even though it was only one nest and a couple of pigeons, it still cost her £300. He told her that if she hadn’t noticed so quickly, more pigeons would have joined this pair and she’d have soon had a major problem and could have cost £1000 or more to get rid of them and clean up the mess.

As I said, I know all this and I know they have to be controlled but still…. When I go to London, in particular, I see pigeons hopping around on one leg because they are missing the claws on the other leg, they also have other injuries and they just keep going. Everybody hates them, almost nobody willingly feeds them, people rush into their back gardens flapping their arms when they see pigeons on the bird table, local councils poison them or hire people with birds of prey to hunt them or scare them away, property owners net the tops of their buildings to keep the pigeons off.

In spite of this, they are indomitable. I somehow have to admire a creature that survives in the face of such consistent persecution even as I run out flapping my arms to scare a pigeon off the bird table so stopping ‘nice’ birds eating from it.

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