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A dog's life – 02.10.07

On arriving in Blackpool for the Tory party conference, Astragal headed off to the beachfront for a touch of sea air and soon became mesmerised by the large blobs of blue wax that sealed all the inspection hatches, drainage covers and manholes along the way. One of the seals and its officious HM crown was cracked in two and a sniffer dog was being encouraged to investigate. Its handler, clearly on his umpteenth search of the day and bored of the whole charade, couldn’t match the unbridled ...

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