Must we be subjected to tedious column?
I find it utterly, utterly tedious reading about Tom Bradshaw's children. You'd think he was the only man in Christendom to have reproduced (a common fault with men who have reproduced). And yet, we are subjected, weekly, and weakly, to tales of Tabitha, Viola and the a 12-weeks old baby.
You can tell the paper has a lady editor now. Previously the stultifying Bradshaw had four turgid inches languishing in the hinterland, between the news pages, and the business section.
Now he has top billing on the leader page.
Pieces on rearing children are more boring than those double paged adverts for old people's homes, disguised as articles, extolling the virtues of sitting around the edge of the room staring into the middle distance with fellow nonagenarians, while weak tea goes cold in super-vitrified china.
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So, Mr Bradshaw, read this: Yesterday I painted a wall. Within 10 minutes, it was tacky, but not as wet as it was initially. After half an hour, you could touch it gently without leaving finger prints. Four hours later, and you could put your whole hand on it without adverse consequences, and within eight hours, you could sweep past it without fear of getting paint on your suit.
However, I've decided I don't like the colour, so I'm going to paint it duck-egg tomorrow, and write about it again.
I hope this demonstrates, that reading about paint drying is as irksome as reading about other people's nose-pickers.
Please, can we have editorial on the leader page, not cloying sentimentality about some mewlers' and pukers' journey around the learning bend of life.
Vince Baughan Second Avenue Oldfield Park Bath