For all the crossed fingers and wistful looks at leaden skies the snow never really came. The fact that it only snowed 3 or 4 inches however seemed to make no difference: The mere idea of snow is capable of bringing the country to a standstill.
Schools closed...Airports closed...Buses cancelled...Trains cancelled...
Perhaps it'll be better next time. Following 1976 and 1990 it seems we have perhaps another one and a half decades to prepare for the worst.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Paul Coppen, 69, was struggling to keep an army of rabbits from stripping his pastures bare. So in an attempt to gain the upper hand, he camouflaged his vintage Massy Ferguson tractor as a cow - complete with a firing platform and a gunslit from which to blast the unwary bunnies.
He said: "One of my neighbours came up with the idea and I just went with it. I hoped the rabbits would ignore the fake cow, thinking it was just another member of the herd, thereby presenting a stationary target for the rifleman as I drive about the farm."
A driver-cum-rifleman was cunningly camouflaged behind a picture of a tree above the cow. "It has to be said that not all rabbits are entirely fooled. Whereas cattle obviously do move around, trees usually don't and that may be a problem. I won't pretend this device is going to be the be all and end all of rabbit control - but it does seem to startle them somewhat and stops them from scampering away too quickly, which give us a chance to have a shot at them."
Posted by Laconic Lagomorph at 7:01 pm