Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Sunday 12 August 2012

Quote of the day - the Mail does its bit for marital harmony

The Mail reports today that families are taking their children to swim in a disused quarry in Derbyshire even though signs warn that the water has a potentially irritating pH of 11.3 and contains 'dead animals, excrement, car wrecks and rubbish', a phrase in which you can almost hear the steel guitars...

"Day-ud animals, excrement, car-wrecks and rubbish
Are all I have left to remind me of you-oo"

The reporter - with rather unseemly journalistic relish - describes a mother watching approvingly and taking photos as her young children swim in this 'toxic soup'. Then he moves on to another group with three young boys, all of whom can be clearly seen playing in the water in the accompanying photos.

I hope the Mail's reporter is prepared for the consequences, since he gives verbatim this charming summing-up of 21st-century parenting from the father of one of them:
'I don't care about the boys going in the water but if my f****** wife sees pictures of my boy in the paper I'll be trouble. [sic]' 

(Update, the quote has since disappeared from the article, though the pictures of the boys are still there. Meanwhile, for more details of this salubrious location and its discerning visitors, see Leg-Iron's excellent post on the subject).


  1. Maybe there's nothing on at the Buxton Opera House.

  2. Or perhaps they fancied putting on their own al fresco performance:


  3. Pictures of the children in the newspaper? Children swimming?

    Oh boy, someone's going to be in trouble...


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