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A cold case

20 February 2012

In the darkness the sheep were showing bright white teeth. I smiled back. It was Sunday – traditionally the day when I give my brain a rest. No, alright, the day when I give what is left of my brain a rest.

There was about four inches of snow on the ground. It was cold. I had been chosen to give them their supper because the sheep’s owner (my wife) had her feet up as she was recovering from a gruelling drive around the M25 in heavy snow. She is not a delivery driver – though it may come to that if Mr Djanogly and friends don’t stop making the lives of ordinary solicitors a misery. She had gone to Heathrow to collect her bronzed daughter who had arrived back from Australia in a straw hat and sandals, apparently unaware that in crossing the world the outside temperature had dropped from 32 degrees to minus two.

I looked more closely. Could the white really be snow, not teeth? I brushed against a mouth – it was warm. Not snow. Not a smile at all. Then I panicked a...

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