Ok - first up, apologies for the hiatus. I've been on a sort of workaholic/alcoholic sabatical that on the whole has left this bunny wondering where the last four months have gone. I dunno if anyone else feels that the start of this year has shot by in a particularly rapid fashion?
Up here in my spare bedroom it gets pretty damn cold during the winter - posting 1000 words on some inane matter of Statist policy loses its appeal somewhat when you're freezing half to death and possess nipples like bullets.
Anyway, swiftly moving on...uninvited visitors to my house are about as rare as rocking horse shit or a tax cut, so they are invariably met by a sense of foreboding on the part of this bunny. Have I paid my council tax/TV licence? Yeah. Can you account for every minute of the last week or so? Yeah. That nightmare about those kids you never knew you had? Ahh - it's a bloke, thank fuck for that.
So what's to do?
A (rather nice, it must be said) man from Oxfam knocked and explained who he was when I answered. It might be best to detail how the exchange broke down for your own interest or amusement.
Daz:- yeah, hello?
Chugger:- Hi. I'm here on behalf of Oxfam. We're launching a campaign to raise funds and awareness in May of this year and hoped you might want to contribute something....your body language is telling me to 'please go away now', am I right?
Daz:- well, the problem is that I'm well aware that Oxfam, despite being a registered charity, receives significant amounts of money via the state (ie the taxpayer). So you're already getting a good wedge from me through the taxes I'm paying, is that right?
Chugger:- well yeah, that's quite hard to argue with. Sorry for bothering you.
Daz:- this isn't personal. I know you're here principally because you care about other people. There's just a rule I have that I don't give money to charities that already receive my cash whether I like it or not. It's just a thing I've got going on.
Chugger:- well that's fair enough. Sorry for disturbing you.
Daz:- not at all. Take it easy.
Remember that a charity that takes your money on pain of imprisonment is not a charity. For information, Oxfam receives more than 40% of its total funding from the Uk Government (ie you and me).
Take care and I'll catch you soon.