Monday, September 8, 2014

Derisking - the PON way.






It's hotter than it's been all year. By eight thirty the town square is coming alive. Bob and Sophie settle down under a table and watch a talkative lady in a red dress. They get given a bowl of water. Sadly, the upmarket establishment we've chosen for our morning coffee does not serve its canine customers half croissants.

On our way home we pass an ancient tank. It broke down during yesterdays military parade and has spent the night marooned outside the town hall. A posse of soldiers with a winch haul it onto an equally ancient lorry. Sophie looks at it from behind the safety of my legs. Bob, the more adventurous, christens the tanks tracks. A PON boys surefire way of derisking a possible threat. We see the tank again at the traffic lights. It's got lost in the one way system.


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  1. What?! No croissant? Inconceivable!!!

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    1. We'll be back to the cafe under the arcades tomorrow.

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  2. Upmarket, huh?!! That's debatable...

    Is that the first 'Smart Tank'? it looks so small.

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    1. Seemingly it dates from 1920. Doesn't look in the slightest bit frightening.

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  3. No croissants does not make the establishment upmarket in my eyes !

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    1. The PON's are in agreement with you.

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  4. I like Bob's way derisking a possible threat -- Too bad it's not always that easy.

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    1. Perhaps we should be thankful it isn't.

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  5. I admired the old tank as the photos loaded, and wondered if it still worked, but your narrative cleared that all up.
    Angus the two lovely plant pots across the courtyard are just what the doctor ordered for an area in my garden, I may have to contact my friend The Old Farmer....smile.
    The lady in the red dress looks quite a character and I can see her "talking up a storm" as we say here.
    Hope Bob and Sophie were treated to some pastry on their arrival back at the ROF to make up for the lack of their usual early morning croissant.

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    1. The French are very keen on pots and tables made out of zinc. Why the metal isn't popular elsewhere remains a mystery. Price ?

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