Wednesday, 1 June 2011
This morning, North Downs and Beyond was delighted to receive the following communication:
"After agitation from the North Downs and Abroad and angry scenes on the streets of the Bailiwick of Jersey, there was an emergency meeting held at Pan-species Listing Central last night. A bleary-eyed spokesperson emerged this morning to declare a shock change to The Rules: the Channel Islands count! Insiders believe this heralds a new era of political and economic unity between the UK and the Bailiwicks, with HM Revenue and Customs anticipating that the islands wealthy inhabitants will be expressing their gratitude through voluntary tax contributions. Mark Telfer said: “I’m relieved to have averted this schism in the Pan-species Listing community. But it is a symptom of its success now that a massive 10 listers are participating. It is a major responsibility to try to keep everybody happy”. But celebrations over the news were clouded by rumours that a militant lister is now planning holidays to Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands."
This blog acknowledges Mark's pragmatic approach to the problem, his willingness to find common ground, and a hint that Barbary Ape and Snowy Sheathbill may soon be countable.