Airdale Terriers have an agressive and biting habit if not restrained

Spending time sorting out Daniel and then on the garden with the gardener before the furniture company arrived with their designs for my new office, which I accepted and ordered. Then to research the background to Debbie’s dog bite and the dog owner MrGlynn Taylor before meeting him after my Village Hall Committee meeting. He had installed a letter box guard to prevent a similar incident and so I took no further action. Once home, I watched England win with a single goal in the last minu

te of extra time. Next week's Soviet Communist Party conference may be postponed to avoid an acrimonious split, Thatcher shows herself to be an unwilling traveller on the way to EEC union and US President Bush is abandoning an election pledge to avoid new taxes

Up on time this morning on a day that was both warm and showery at the same time. I had not seen the gardener for a while and so had to give him his instructions and a list of jobs to do before I did much else. I tended the fish, doves and plants and then sorted Daniel out as well. He was due to collect his new car today and needed money and guidance to get the change-over completed. Then the representative from the fitted office furniture company arrived and presented the designs that had been produced for the layout of a new office. I was quite impressed and decided to give him the business and so ordered it on the spot. I then made a few telephone calls about my boat, arranging for life-jacket safety lights and a scrambling net for man overboard recovery, booking my next sea trip with the boat insurers and then contacting the coastguard for information on the small boat safety scheme.

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Then I got into the problems of Debbie's dog bite. I contacted the Police and Post Office delivery service and the owner's neighbour for background information and felt that I would decide on whether to prosecute him after meeting him tonight. This option was certainly available to me as an offence of keeping a dangerous dog had been committed. This evening, I went to the Village Hall Committee meeting as the Vice-Chairman and Trustee and we had a good session, even though it was on the evening of the England match in the World Cup. The meeting agreed to support my suggestion of doing something with the area behind the village hall, by way of housing sports changing and storage facilities. The dog-owner, Mr Glynn Taylor arrived later in the meeting (after sending a message that he would be late) and I spoke to him afterwards and then went back to the house to see his two Airdale dogs. He had already installed a letterbox cage and covered over holes in the fence on Monday and was very sorry for what had happened. I had set myself the test of the letterbox cage before meeting him and, as he had installed it, I decided that he had learnt the lesson and that there was nothing to be gained from being vindictive, especially as he was active in the village on behalf of the community.

Once home, I watched the rest of the Football match. Though close to the end of normal time when I started, the score was 0-0 and they had to play a further half hour of extra time anyway which give me plenty to watch. England won with a single goal in the last minute of extra time, thus avoiding an even more anxious penalty shoot-out. Thus ended another very hot day. Next week's Soviet Communist Party conference may be postponed to avoid an acrimonious split in the party. At the end of the EEC summit, Thatcher shows herself to be an unwilling traveller on the way to union. US President Bush is abandoning an election pledge to avoid new taxes and will agree to some to get a budget deal with Congress which may help to bring down world interest rates.