Redundant slacker

      Close to a major drain another piece of outdated technology is slowly rusting away. Sometime in the past this slacker with its guillotine gate to regulate the flow of water from the dyke into the drain would have been the sole responsibility of a farmer or farmworker appointed by the inland drainage board.
      Not only would he have been responsible for monitoring water levels he would also have had to grease and maintain the equipment keeping it peak working condition so that the mechanism was ready for action at any time of the day or night.
      Now replaced by a super-modern computerised and radio-controlled sluice a few hundred yards away it is now just an outdated and unwanted antique.
      It comes to us all.