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Big_Ted

Member since Jul 2008 • Last active Feb 2020

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    Sorry missed this - fucking A it was!!!!

    Not as good as in The Barrels but needs as needs must when the devil vomits in your kettle

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    He’s the other Herefordshire MP, pleasant enough chap and always keen for a photo opportunity.

    At least water has dropped, even if severe flood warnings remain in place for Hampton Bishop https://flood-warning-information.servic­e.gov.uk/warnings

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    Yep, the Local Authority should be leading on it and we get daily video updates but the communication has been shocking, if someone from the Council or Environment Agency has visited the village they have done so in such a stealthy way that none of us are aware (and the village WhatsApp group is over 100 with thousands of posts/updates). And whatever planning is going on is not involving anyone from the village. Still no sign of our MP either, nor the Parish Councillor.

    What “lessons are being learnt”? We need to be as self-sufficient as possible and use the considerable social capital that’s in the village...

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    Lots of news crews in Hampton Bishop yesterday - BBC, ITV, Sky, Panorama, The One Show - although with the water receding from its high on Tuesday and Wednesday they only got a sense of the issue (although roads in and out of the village are still closed and the pumps are going like a bastard).

    The Bunch of Carrots opened yesterday evening for a roast, they thought they’d get 40 but it was absolutely rammed, amazing atmosphere.

    I was approached by Peter Wilson from BBC and asked if I’d do an interview. I said “no thanks” - I didn’t want to be shown on TV in a pub having a jolly time - and he was quite put out, gave the impression that I should be grateful. Whatever.

    Then I saw the entitled prick jump the queue of patiently waiting villagers to get food. WAC. I was tempted to say as much to him but decided to focus my self-righteous indignation on too much HPA. Which definitely lifted morale.

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    Our MP has now written a couple of stern emails, great to have him on the case

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    The community spirit in the village is turning to anger at the inaction of the authorities whose response, after 3 days, is to put in 4 pumps at Mordiford Bridge pumping out 1,000 litres a minute. Which is effectively a tiny plug hole when water continues to gush in at the other end....

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    I understand that on Monday Sky was reporting that Hampton Bishop was once of the worst two places in the country although yesterday evening the regional news was focusing on Ironbridge which looked perilous.

    The village WhatsApp group and local farmer have been great but bar the Army dropping off bread last night there has been nothing.

    Local MP has a massive majority, maybe this will hit home to those who voted for him that when it matters, neither he nor government give a flying fuck.

    Oh, and this is the state of the flood defences at 9.30 this morning, doesn’t really bear thinking about what happens if more water is added to the system

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    Oh yes, and some tidy phone opportunities (apologies for so many posts, cabin fever is strong)

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    Even more importantly

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    ^

    Completely this, absolutely nothing from our part of an MP either (Old Etonian, late last year suggested that vegans are causing the climate crisis and that we should all eat more beef - total coincidence that he’s a beef farmer). Oh, and when we rang the Council they suggested we “pack a bag if you are worried for your safety” - we’re not but even if we were HOW WOULD WE GET ANYWHERE!!! Incompetence bordering on negligence.

    Still, the good news is that the water level has dropped a couple of inches and hoping that the forecast rain is lighter than expected - I’m down to drinking room temperature (no heating or cooking available) mulled wine that’s been in the back of the cupboard for a reason

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