At the risk of irritating the anglers again, it seems like Bob, the copper carp dangling from the Walsall Wood angler’s pole has gone missing again. I’m pretty sure the fish was there earlier in the week – I’ve been expecting it to be poached ever since it was re-hooked, so always make a note when passing. Tonight, the Express & Star reported the on the latest incident of piscean pilfering.
Yet again, the paper curiously assert that the loss is unlikely to be vandalism. I’d tenure that it’s probably metal theft – I’ll take a look at the weekend but the linkage seems to have been cut from the picture in the report – if one looks at the image of it when installed in this post, none of the lower shackle assembly is present, although the loop in the steel hawser seems thoroughly crimped.
On a side note, not twelve months after installation, the artworks all now look like rusted scrap. I realise that it’s intentional, but the group on the corner of Brookland Road now look particularly tatty. Was this really the best use possible for forty grand? I remain as mystified by this particular waste of public cash as I was at the time.
Thank god we’re not living under a Conservative authority that turned out to be desperately short of cash. Er…