Boy's toys

      Here's a machine that takes no prisoners it is a specially designed piece of mobile equipment for cleaning out the roadside dykes and ditches to allow the water to run away.
      The operator stopped to talk to me and when I asked him about the problems of the inevitable supermarket trolleys and bicycles he said it doesn't jam up on big metal items like the previous equipment did, it simply chops them up into pieces and spits them out. The only thing that will thwart progress is a large rubber tyre, like a tractor tyre.
      The thoroughness and level of careful maintenance that the drainage boards carry out right across Fenland makes you realise how sloppy or non-existent the drain maintenance was in Somerset and we all know what happened there.