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Blaming everyone for yourself for your misfortunes but yourself dept.

The local rag has a tale of wood eating beatles supposedly destroying a family's furniture, and they reckon the council should pay up. I'm not aware of any British insect life that can do this sort of thing, but what do I know? Meanwhile, what about this 'and ruined six model planes worth £1,000 each'. HOW much?

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Blogger phone cam foolery said... 1:28 pm

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Blogger phone cam foolery said... 1:32 pm

Termites are already here croydonian,and radio controlled aircraft can easily go for that amount if they are special.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:38 pm

Must say the writer didn't exactly go overboard on the entomology front, but I would have thought most people would recognise a termite - or am I just being naive?

Must say I wouldn't know what a radio controlled plane goes for, so I'll take your word for it.  

Blogger phone cam foolery said... 1:49 pm

Maybe they were hellfire eqipped drones?
Circling the skies of Croydon, ever vigalent looking for Al queda operatives.
Maybe the humble termite is the latest weapon in the Islamo-fascist armoury.  

Anonymous Verity said... 3:23 pm

If his planes really were worth £1,000 each, why didn't he insure them?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:38 pm

V - Indeed, and why is someone with that sort of walking around money living in social housing?  

Blogger Professor D.C. Warmington said... 9:11 pm

There are various British beetles partial to eating wood, notably woodworm and furniture beetles (Anobium spp.) and the death watch beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum). Termites are not such a problem in these climes, except for Kalotermes flavicollis, which occasionally infests building timbers, &c.

There is a serious infestation in Britain, however, of persons such as those described.

Incidentally, the record price paid for a model aircraft is £32,876, for a Gassio Biplane Mk II, at auction in March 2006. The anonymous purchaser is believed to be His Holiness Sir Paul McCartney, which neatly brings us back to the subject of beatles.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:17 pm

Nice to have a Doctor of Laws dropping in, being a humble bachelor thereof myself.

And thank you for references.  

Blogger Professor D.C. Warmington said... 9:38 pm

You are more than welcome, sir. I have enjoyed reading your contributions in the blogosphere and felt it time to reciprocate.

Natheless, entomology is one of my subsidiary passions. I would refer Croydon Council to Messrs Rentokil, whose treatment of such tenants is said to be first rate.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:32 pm

Very kind of you to say so. I hope I will be hearing from you again.  

Anonymous Verity said... 1:26 pm

" I would refer Croydon Council to Messrs Rentokil, ...".

And after they've finished in Croydon, they can over to NYC and the UN building.  

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