Signs I should have gone to Spec­savers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Basement’s Sinful Secret -

A mem­ber of the Nuts and Bolts team was more than happy to oblige when a friend and same friend’s wife asked him to sign the backs of thumb­nail-size photographs as be­ing true like­nesses of them both as they ap­plied for new pass­ports.

For the two of them he had to fill in a very time-con­sum­ing sec­tion of the pass­port ap­pli­ca­tion forms, giv­ing his ad­dress, per­sonal de­tails, how long he’d known them etc etc.

He then had to sign a pass­port photo of both – ver­i­fy­ing the im­age was a true like­ness of each. Task com­pleted, his friend took him off to the pub for a thank-you pint and he thought no more of it.

A few days later he got an email from his friend thank­ing him again for the favour, but adding: “You signed the pho­to­graph of me as a true like­ness of Jane [his wife] and the pho­to­graph of Jane as a true like­ness of me [Christo­pher].”

Oh dear, oh dear. As the TV ad­vert says – should have gone to Spec­savers!

The same Nuts and Bolts stal­wart vis­ited Ash­ford post of­fice the other day to post a present his part­ner was send­ing to a friend’s cat in Eire (south­ern Ire­land), who’d re­cently given birth to a lit­ter of kit­tens. The present was a very light gift from the pound shop – which cost £3 to post!

You may re­call the KE car­ry­ing a story be­fore Christ­mas about how in­con­sid­er­ate mo­torists were caus­ing traf­fic prob­lems on Ash­ford’s God­in­ton Park es­tate by park­ing their cars in Loudon Way.

Some were park­ing so close to the traf­fic lights at the junc­tion with Chart Road that cars head­ing into and out of Loudon Way – the es­tate’s only exit and ac­cess road – were be­ing de­layed in peak pe­ri­ods, es­pe­cially dur­ing school run times.

Tech­ni­cally the driv­ers (most be­lieved to be work­ers from the nearby Cobbs Wood in­dus­trial es­tate) were not in­fring­ing the law as there are no yel­low lines on the sec­tion of the road they park in.

So, soon af­ter the ar­ti­cle was pub­lished many God­in­ton Park res­i­dents were de­lighted when a set of ‘no park­ing’ bol­lards sud­denly ap­peared on the side of Loudon Way where cars were be­ing parked.

For a few days it was great – with driv­ers obey­ing the bol­lards ‘no park­ing’ mes­sage.

But then just as soon as they had ar­rived the bol­lards sud­denly dis­ap­peared – and haven’t been seen since.

Con­spir­acy the­o­rists reckon they were rounded up and dumped some­where by mo­torists un­happy that their cosy park­ing rou­tine had been dis­rupted.

Maybe Kent County Coun­cil or Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, or who­ever put the bol­lards there, needs to have a sec­ond go be­cause while the bol­lards have dis­ap­peared the park­ing prob­lem def­i­nitely hasn’t.

Ap­ply­ing for a pass­port can be more dif­fi­cult than it seems

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2893909

Loudon Way full of com­muters’ cars

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