CHEFS AND THE ABOMINABLE ADJECTIVE: The time has come for TV Chefs to expand their vocabulary. Every time I watch a cooking programme I become distracted from its content by counting the number of times the adjective ‘Lovely’ is used. 50 times in one show and to absurdity when one chef used it so many times on the ingredients that she finally applied it to utensils as in her ‘Lovely spoon’. Do all take note next time you are watching and see how many ‘Lovelys’ you can count.

THE WEATHER: We may be growing webbed feet to deal with the wet but, as yet, we are not yet getting frost bite. Let the mild temperatures continue.

ANIMALS: Is it not time, when hearing of the recent outrageous cruelty to the little dog, tortured, burnt and left on a rubbish heap and then boasted of by teenagers on the Internet that, the antiquated, often nineteenth century Laws be revised. The punishments should fit the enormity of the crime. A fine and a few years of not keeping animals is surely not enough. People like that would probably never have pets anyway. For example a fine of £50 in the 1800s was huge but in the 21st Century is peanuts. Change the penalties now.

BUSES: Glad to hear that the 132 Sunday service will run down the C7 from Newhaven to Lewes to replace the 123 which was removed. For once it gives a sensible time span of nearly two and a half hours for staying there.

SMILE FOR THE DAY: What present do you give to a cat, living underground, having a bad hair day? A catacomb.

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