by Johnny Glover
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Episode 45 - "The Dog Slimmers" - (May 19th 1998 00:20)
Fred Ricketts leaned forward, poured himself another fist of whisky and settled back in his armchair. His old dog, Bella, lifted her head and then settled it back down on her masters boot. Yaxley Farcett was feeling almost himself again and beginning to find it hard to keep his eyes open. Fiona Morgan, sitting next to him, swallowed some more of the whisky and encouraged Ricketts to tell some stories. She had heard many of the tales as a child, when she used to visit Fred with her Father. Cedric Morgan became keen on shooting when he first moved to The Fens from Wales and would bring ducks and pheasants down to Cauliflower Drove for Fred to prepare for the table. Cedric enjoyed shooting the birds but didn't relish the thought of sticking his hand up their arses. Luckily, Fred obliged. He was known to the villagers of Barnham as Fred Ricketts- The most pheasant plucker in the village.
'Let me know if I'm boring yew' began Fred. He always preceded a long story with the phrase. No one had interrupted yet. 'Let me tell yew about Uncle George. He weren't really my Uncle. He were Fathers Uncle; his Mothers brother. But that don't matter, much. He moved in with Father when he were ninety one and had found out he were dying of cancer. He used to sit around, just like we are now and tell me stories. I were only about seventeen at the time and keen to hear about my family. Anyroad, he worked as a shepherd in Ealham when he were an 'ol bor and didn't make a lot of money, so him and one of his mates decided to do something about it. They were lodging in a hay barn at the time just acrorst the road from The Railway Tavern and they had plenty of space so they decided to become 'dog slimmers'.
There were a lot of posh old ladies that lived up Cambridge Road and they had fat old dogs they used to treat like kids. They used to feed 'em steaks and all the best cuts and they lived better than George and his mate. So George put an advert in the Paper. 'George Dixon', yis I know, he were one of that family, 'And Partner'- 'Canine Consultants respecting Weight Loss and Obedience'. Two guineas for a months treatment. Anyway, these old biddies used to turn up with their fat old child substitutes, I 'spose yewed call 'em now, and George and Bridges, I'll explain his name later, would put on a couple of white coats they'd stole from the hospital. The old biddies would disappear and the 'treatment' would begin.
They used to give 'em water for the first week and then a few biscuits for
the next three weeks. When the 'ol dogs were back to a decent size, George
would tell the owners to come and pick up their, now fit and healthy, dogs.
The 'ol dogs were so pleased to see their owners agin, realising they'd be
back on the steaks afore long, that they nearly knocked them over in excitement.
George used to furrow his brow and say very seriously that it's be another
shilling on top of the two guineas because the price of the 'special chemicals'
used in the treatment had gone up. They used to pay it and go away happy.'
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Comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hugh, exiled fenman from King's Lynn says "Hev you ever thought about running a bus trip to see where "collie" is made like they do for Last Of the Summer Wine, Emmerdale, Corrie and the like. Could be a laugh!!!!!"
Who Dunnit? Your suggestions Please.
Mike Northfield says "Oi reckons that there was one of those there freaky weather thingies that frew that there pitch fork 'ard enough t' stab 'im and cause serious illness such as death thats wot i fink......." - So Mike reckons the freak fen blow caused poor Reg's death.
DG says "I did you this time!!!!!!! Shame I hadn't pushed you harder in 1966!!!!!! Shame Nursy Broadhead saved you?????????????????" - after he sent this message they locked him up again!
MG says "I reckon it were suicide. You see, Reg was quite obviously a bit iron hoof or POOF as we call 'em, and in them there days, well it wer'nt propper wus it?
James Brown says "I suspect a fallen pitchfork from one of the overhead helicopters ferrying a local farmer to the office of KLFM for one of their match reports on a Lynn home game."
World Leader reckons "I think that Monica woman did it. Damn girl never could keep her mouth shut. And she was always letting things drop". Yours World Leader