There is huge excitement at Bodgerâ€™s Spinney as we look forward to this weekendâ€™s annual Spinney Wreck Competition. Rival teams have been preparing for months, in utmost secrecy, their re-enactments of The Wreck Of The Deutschland and The Wreck Of The Hesperus. As ever when the Jesuits meet the Hiawathas, there is a sense of age-old blood feud, and volunteer ambulance-based medicos wearing special armbands will be on the alert from before daybreak.
Old Farmer Frack’s cows will be mooching in a nearby field to add an air of bucolic charm, and Mrs Gubbins will again be wearing the refereeâ€™s chapeau. In an exclusive pre-contest interview she told our reporter, â€œI am hoping things pass off with due decorum, but I have made sure we have enough tourniquets on site this year. No one wants to see a repeat of the time we had to send urchins scampering off across the hills to Old Ma Bagshawâ€™s Bandage Shop.â€
The latest odds are available from the illegal gambling den behind the illegal butcherâ€™s shop on the plaza.