Posted by: Closed Circuit01/06/2012
Edinburgh Council wins the award for the most barking initiative of the week. The council’s noise team members have been busy handing out leaflets across the city ‘informing members of the public on what can cause their dog to bark’.
Not knowing much about dogs, Closed Circuit was stunned to find that its guesses that the reasons might include the dog being left outside, observing passers-by or being overexcited, were all mentioned in the leaflet.
However, we were rather more impressed to discover that one way to calm a young dog is to ‘place a loud, ticking clock wrapped in a blanket next to the animal’ - mimicking its mother’s heartbeat, apparently. Just remember to switch the alarm off first.
Tensions between the housing sector and Lord David Freud were quite evident at the National Housing Federation’s welfare conference last week, with protestors outside the event, and hecklers inside.
The underlying tension even emerged in the title of the conference, with the welfare reform minister noting it should have been called ‘benefitting from the change’ rather than the Fed’s less enthusiastic ‘handling the change’.
Kevin Dodd, the chief executive of Wakefield and District Housing, briefly talked rhubarb at the National Housing Federation’s welfare conference last week… but it was all educational stuff.
‘Things you may not know [about Wakefield] include that we are champion rhubarb growers,’ he told delegates. ‘However, due to the recession it has turned to crumble.’ Readers may insert their own cymbal noise at this point.
And finally… if you see Eric Pickles looking bleary-eyed over the next few months, Closed Circuit might know why.
In a speech about the British pub industry last week, the communities secretary pledged ‘to make sure I do everything I can to make sure you’re in the shape of your life in the coming months’.
Closed Circuit wasn’t quite clear if Mr Pickles was solely talking about the reform of licensing rules.
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