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I’m loving this…  Our civil servants are so overworked that they had time to come up with the following four-stanza poem in response to a parking ticket appeal…

Park only and wholly in a clearly marked bay.
That’s what the signs in the car park say.
Note ‘no exemption’ and just in case, as well.
They add ‘improper use’ as a caution. How swell!

But you parked on the kerb when you might have gone elsewhere,
And you could have let your people out to taste the Keswick air.
Thus returning to your car you find it sporting a new flag.
The parking man has been and you have been had!

Your family’s had a grand time in Cumbria’s premier spot.
The guest house fold were friendly and the food was oh, tip-top.
So much to do, you must return – those Aussies want a spell,
Of staying ‘mong the lakes and hills, though here they call them fells.

I hope you’ll choose a Lakeland base in Allerdale next year.
It’s great to visit, live and work – that’s why I live here.
But when you stop please park with care, be sure you’ll not get caught.
If parking’s hard in Keswick, why not try Maryport.

It entertained me, anyway.  Public money well spent.

This 812th post was filed under: News and Comment.






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