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Recently it was announced that population growth in the United Kingdom was the highest in Europe.
Surprise, surprise! As many of you probably do, I also wonder why this is. Could it be that we would appear to have a big increase in single mothers, and also we have had yet another increase in migrants from Eastern Europe?
This country continues to have a great housing shortage, but surely this increase in population leads to the need for even more housing? Around where I live, I know many young, single mothers, and do wonder why they enter into motherhood in their teens without the security of a partner or husband. Don't they realise that children are not just for Christmas?
How about the case of the jobless couple in Scotland who have seven children all under the age of seven, and are living in a three-bedroom property, and now demanding that they are given a bigger council house in which to live? They have been trying to get a new house since 2008 when they had only two children, but now because of the cramped nature of their living conditions, they are very depressed and worried for the health of their children. What a shame they didn't have a bit of forethought back in 2008, and since, and been content with having two children in a house that suited their needs, instead of bringing five more into the world, and expect all of us to pay for them.
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A couple of weeks ago The Wurzels were supposed to be the "surprise" at a birthday party for the lovely Bill Hancock, owner of the Somerset speedway arena. But, on the day before, Jill, one of the nurses looking after my wife Chris in Musgrove Park Hospital, said: "where's this surprise party you're playing at on Saturday?" A gentleman working at her house had told her he was going to a party where The Wurzels were going to be the surprise. There's always one big mouth – and I thought it was only ladies who couldn't keep secrets. Honestly ladies, I'm just kidding. I was telling a friend of ours about this, and she told me an even better one. She was arranging a surprise birthday party for her mother, and all was going well until the day of the party when her mother's sister phoned the birthday girl from Cornwall, and said to her: "We're so disappointed that we can't come to your surprise birthday party tonight." There's nowt funnier than folk!
Us Wurzels are excited about going back for the umpteenth time to the excellent Watchet Music Festival on Sunday or we might see you Bristolians on Sunday week at Thornbury Rugby Club Music Festival.