Balance sheet insolvent
This morning I received a lovely note and photo via good old snail mail from my poet and artist friend Judi Benson, who is the widow of poet Ken Smith. It was a fantastic photo of the recent snow in London, showing one of Judi's cherry trees burdened by about a foot of snow on each branch - in fact it look like a snowdrift had been plonked up in her tree.
It was such a nice surprise to get a real note through the mailbox. And last week I cheered my FIL up, he's housebound pending a hip operation, by sending him a bunch of art programmes that I'd DVD'd, as he likes to paint and is really missing his art classes. Just two examples of how I use the Royal Mail. I also value it for the service it delivers to very rural Scottish communities.
So at lunchtime today I was very pleased to hear a female Labour MP making a stout defence of the service by saying that the Government's argument that the Royal Mail should be sold off because it is "balance sheet insolvent" could equally be applied to the country right now, and that no-one is advocating we sell off Wales!
Good for her I say!
And while we're at it let's get Fred the Shred into a high visibility jacket!
And good for Andy Murray, he says he is willing give up his RBS sponsorship, as he feels ashamed to be taking money from them in the present climate.
He seems to have a better moral code at 20 than most of the middle aged bankers that have been paraded before us.
Other than that the week has been mixed, on Tuesday I read with three other Calder Wood Press writers at the launch of Colin's latest book project. It was a good night and we had a great audience. Then yesterday my wee car had a brake problem on the A1 when I was half way to Edinburgh and I had to turn around and nurse it home. So it is off the road until Monday when it goes in to be fixed, which is a bit of a pain and an expense.