SEPTEM­BER RAM­BLINGS…

Cotswold Life - - CUMMINGS’ GOINGS -

TIME TO DE­LIVER…

It has been a mixed sum­mer for Glouces­ter Rugby. Fans have ex­pressed un­ease at the changes made to ticket prices and cer­tain player de­par­tures have caused up­set. How­ever, we will all be there on the first Fri­day in Septem­ber hop­ing for a bet­ter sea­son. Good luck and wel­come to our new coach Johan Ack­er­man who we all hope can help de­liver the top six po­si­tion sup­port­ers crave.

COTSWOLD’S FINEST NOSE…

The cam­paign to get rid of use-by dates on food is gath­er­ing mo­men­tum. If we sim­ply re­lied on our sense of smell then so much food wouldn’t be sim­ply chucked away. We tried to find the per­son with the keen­est sense of smell which in­volved florists, butch­ers, per­fumers and wine-mak­ers sniff­ing my ar­ray of good­ies dur­ing the show. A three-week-old curry from my fridge caused the odd seizure and I was ac­cused of fra­grance abuse, but over­all I think they en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence. Tom Shaw from the Three Choirs Vine­yard was judged to have the nifti­est nose, the most har­mo­nious hooter, a su­per sen­si­tive schnoz and most bril­liant beak.

DE­FINE YOUR NIBBLES…

We need to de­fine this word. Friends in­vited us over one evening at eight for drinks and nibbles. So I had my tea be­fore we left only to get there and be pre­sented with a feast of pizza, bread, cheese, fruit, crisps, hu­mous, olives, prawns and falafels. I bravely munched my way through the lot so as not to be rude, but from now on we need a much firmer def­i­ni­tion.

SIL­VER LIN­ING…

On the sub­ject of words I have a prob­lem with the word sil­ver. In some cir­cum­stances it evokes the feel­ing of some­thing that is grey, tired and old. So let me just wish my wife Jo a very happy cel­e­bra­tion of 25 years of mar­riage on Septem­ber 25 and we’ll leave it at that. ED­I­TOR’S NOTE: Un­der­tak­ing the ruth­less fact-check­ing for which Cotswold Life is renowned, we thought we’d bet­ter give Mrs Cum­mings a ring to con­firm this an­niver­sary. Good job we did – Mark was only a year out! So happy 24th wed­ding an­niver­sary, Jo. Make him treat you this year, as well as next.

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