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calendar   Tuesday - June 28, 2011

Meanwhile, In the UK

With Peiper out sick, I guess it falls to me to try and figure out the important happenings over on l’Isle d’Socialiste. There weren’t any mad muzzies waving their hook hands about while preaching death and destruction today, but there were the usual 200 articles per newspaper featuring celebrity girls with big boobs. Gosh, breaking news, that is. And fwance is going to build more nuke reactors. Oh those craaazy fwench!

One story did catch my eye though. Here on the coasts in the US we sometimes get bits of news from “the country”. In the UK they have Wales for this. Wales isn’t a very big place, about the size of perhaps 3 standard Texas ranches laid end to end. Maybe 1/5 the size of New Jersey. But they do make the papers once in a while.

I double checked to make sure this was nowhere near the M4, that highway he writes about that seems to be routinely shut down by livestock.

Runaway cow herd takes over Tredegar street

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It’s udder chaos!

A quiet street in Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, was invaded by a herd of cows which trampled on gardens and peered into windows, say residents.  The 20 cattle escaped from their nearby paddock and decided to feast on front lawns and flowers in Peacehaven. Residents are used to straying sheep but say the rogue cattle have become a nuisance.

Blaenau Gwent council says it is monitoring the situation.

Love it, love it! The government is monitoring the situation.

Oi, you! Getcher berloody coow offa ma yard!

Resident Sonya Gould, 70, said: “We are used to having pints of milk delivered to our doorstep but not the whole cow. “They were everywhere. We are all treading cow muck into our carpets because it’s all over our garden paths. “We held a fund-raising event to plant flowers around the communal gardens but the cows have eaten them all.”

The cows also raised frowns by leaving cowpats on garden paths and trampling over lawns in the incident at the end of last week.

Ann Ingram, who was woken up by the cows mooing, said: “It used to be sheep, and that’s bad enough, but cows are a whole different kettle of fish.

I think it’s just a good opportunity for everyone to make bad animal puns and milk this situation for all it’s worth.

“It’s frightening for many of the older people here to have cows walking down the street, peering in their windows, it’s ridiculous.

“They’re obviously big animals, and an elderly person can’t just shoo them off - there’s no telling what an animal might do.”

People living in Peacehaven have brought in the council in a bid to get the herd to move back to their paddock.

A spokesperson for Blaenau Gwent Council said: “We’ve done our utmost to tackle this problem, and have responded to all call-outs. “We continue to monitor the situation at least once a week and any roaming animals will be impounded.”

The council added that they may take legal action against the farmer if he is unable to keep his cows under control.

Magnificent. Cattle are roaming around the neighborhood for days, playing Peeping Daisy, frightening the old folks, and giving Wales a fresh coating of shit, and the government wants to reassure everyone that they’re taking a look at things almost twice every week!

In many parts of America, this would not be a problem for very long, but you would see a quick run on really large freezers down at the appliance store. Or really large block parties suddenly breaking out all over.

Someday Peiper will return, and he might have exciting tales of British Electric rewiring his home. I think he said that they were coming by to install a new squirrel or something like that, to bring his place up to spec.

What, you think this is bad? Wait, it gets better worse!

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