Every afternoon, when I take the dogs for a walk, we drive past a junior school. For many months part of the grounds has been a bright green contrast to the wintry khaki-grey of the neighbouring veld. But the green isn’t healthy. It’s where sewer drains have burst, leaking their contents on to the playground.
People associated with the school say they’ve complained numerous times, and that workers have come to the site. They leave their tools there permanently but only work occasional Sundays to coincide with overtime hours.
If you have been a Willis-watcher, keeping an eye on the decisions of Judge Nigel Willis, I have some good news: there’s no sign that his recent elevation to the Supreme Court of Appeal will dull his idiosyncratic style.
Judge Willis, he of the peacocks-and-the-cherry-tree judgment involving a former Turkish grande dame and her disputed Houghton garden wall, has been hearing cases at the SCA over the past month. And two are vintage Willis.