Back from Smoky-Drinky evening, and there'd been no new snow since I went out. It's cold though. There's a long queue of brass monkeys outside the welder's shop. Fortunately my spiked stick is still in my possession but it's only useful for crossing ice. I am not permitted to use it to defend myself if I am attacked, even if it's in my own home.
Note to prospective burglars. I will use it, I will not call the police and you will be found in the woods in weekly instalments, apart from the edible bits. The current legal system allows me no other course of action.
I am not famous. Mylene Klaas is, apparently. She scared off some burglars by waving a knife and being hysterical at them - she did not make contact with them at all - and she was cautioned for it. The burglars, at the time of writing, have not been inconvenienced by the police at all.
Jonathan Shalit, Myleene's spokesperson told the Sunday Telegraph: 'Myleene was aghast when she was told that the law did not allow her to defend herself in her own home.