The sun is low, boiler flues are pluming, the garden gate is slimy, and the old man with the eye-patch, bandana, boot-cut jeans and biker jacket is bemoaning “All this bloody rigmarole for £1.63 in bloody pension credits” to his neighbour, the tall thin man in the plastic reindeer antlers with the dew-drop hanging from his nose.
All of a sudden hailstones are bouncing off the Santa, Please Stop Here sign which is planted in the pot next to the fake plastic topiary bay tree.
A woman with an anorak and a bag-for-life is talking to a group of other women with bags-for-life. “I don’t feel the cold anymore because I’ve got…” she stops to think for a moment, then turns to the woman in the enormous scarf next to her, “What is it I’ve got, Joyce?”
“Diabetes?” says Joyce.
“No!” says the woman, suddenly remembering, “A onesie”.