Peabugs are alive and well in Kent

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Po­lit­i­cal edi­tor Sup­ple­ments edi­tor Busi­ness edi­tor I read with in­ter­est your ar­ti­cle based on an in­ter­view with lin­guist David Hornsby about the evo­lu­tion of the Kent ac­cent (Mes­sen­ger Oc­to­ber 5).

Un­der the head­ing ‘How we speak’ and ‘words that have died out’ you listed ‘peabugs’ for ‘wood lice’.

He should have been with me to­day when, in con­ver­sa­tion from a roofer based in Gilling­ham, he told me that when he took old chim­ney stacks from houses: “The stacks were al­ways filled with peabugs. You wouldn’t think they live up there, but they do.”

I didn’t like to dis­play my ig­no­rance and ask him what a ‘peabug’ was, but thanks to your ar­ti­cle, now I know.

Per­haps you can pass on to Mr Hornby the fact that ‘peabugs’ are alive and well in this part of Kent and so can be re­moved from his ‘died out’ list. John Cooper Ed­win Road, Rain­ham What’s On re­porter KoL edi­tor Blair’s wheeze to open the gates for mass im­mi­gra­tion from the EU. Could these fac­tors have mas­sively con­trib­uted to our cur­rent prob­lems?

With pop­u­la­tion growth came the greater need for more hous­ing, more school places, greater use of our NHS and road ca­pac­ity for ex­tra traf­fic which in turn cre­ates more pol­lu­tion. If I am right then I’m afraid that with con­tin­ued un­con­trolled im­mi­gra­tion we and our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion are doomed to a heav­ily pol­luted coun­try cov­ered in bricks and tar­mac. Tony Monk Wester­hill Road, Cox­heath KoL news edi­tor KoL as­sis­tant news edi­tor are they al­lowed to op­er­ate in ar­eas with­out pay­ing at­ten­tion to lo­cal author­ity fees and con­di­tions?

They are tak­ing work from es­tab­lished op­er­a­tors and driv­ers in the area. No other com­pany op­er­ates in this way. It is not a level play­ing field. No county-li­censed driv­ers could “rock up” in London and work the area as hap­pens here.

Com­pared to black cabs that have to be wheel­chair com­pli­ant, how about Uber?

While I sym­pa­thise with the gent who says he will lose £800 a week, he should be aware a lot of London driv­ers are los­ing a large sum of money as a re­sult of his com­pany’s pol­icy.

I would sug­gest Uber will sur­vive the scare about li­cens­ing as they have many friends in high places.

At the end of the day how much rev­enue will this com­pany be pay­ing in to our ex­che­quer to fund es­sen­tial ser­vices in­clud­ing the roads re­quired for their op­er­a­tions? John Mclane Ad­dress sup­plied

A com­mon wood­louse, also known as onis­cus asel­lus

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