VIC BARLOW TAKES AN ALTERNATIVE LOOK AT LIFE IN MACCLESFIELD I discovered my GP is more popular than One Direction
IT’S the start of a brand new year full of fresh experiences. So what did I learn from 2014?
I learned that MPs consider pay increases of one per cent adequate for the working public while nothing less than 10pc is sufficient for themselves.
I certainly learned that setting up your own ‘independent’ body to determine your salary obtains much better results than other evaluation systems. (Nurses and teachers take note).
To my utter amazement I discovered some charities will refuse one-off donations insisting instead on direct debits. (Cheeky or what?) When the world price of oil drops by 50pc petrol prices fall by 15pc. I learned that.
(Interesting to see what happens when the world price goes up?)
I learned that judges on TV singing competitions are brilliant at miming to their own songs.
I quickly discovered that anything positive written about council leader Michael Jones attracts an avalanche of criticism.
I found out a 60-quid cat from a rescue centre can be more fun than a world cruise.
Try it (the cat not the cruise) you won’t be disappointed.
From the time I must wait for an appointment I discovered my GP is more popular than One Direction.
(My next consultation is at the O2).
Catnip has the same effect on a cat as cocaine on a rock star (our cat threw the TV out of the bedroom window).
For reasons that completely escape me I learned that a train cutting its journey time by 20 minutes, as the HS2 does (by skipping out most stations) is worth £40B of public funding (about 80 new hospitals). Discuss…
Finally I learned we have the best public health system in the world and should not allow sensationalism to obscure that fundamental truth.
Happy new year!
●● Vic’s dogs Murphy and Tally on Teggs Nose