>Prickly customer

> At the World Cup the Czechs have been checked – and in the end comprehensively outplayed – by Ghana. So much for the computer programme that predicted the Czechs would win the tournament. Strange how in the World Cup globalization has proved the great equalizer, sucking in players from across the globe – and beyond the old Iron Curtain – to European leagues making a much more even competition of the Weltmeisterschaft.

Meanwhile, in the back garden finally weeding out the overgrown herbaceous borders has revealed, of all things, a buried pottery hedgehog. He is now on display and named Tomáš. Quite why the previous owner of the house – a retired official at Mid-Sussex District Council – would bury a pottery hedgehog this I can’t imagine. Suburban white witchcraft to keep down his council tax down perhaps?

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