FErret

5th June 2009 at 01:00

Respect for others

FErret has lately had the builders in to fix the ceiling of his burrow, so the notion of a considerate constructor boggles his mind. Turning up on time? Completing work quickly? Concealing bottom cleavage? Inconceivable.

Nevertheless, such a description seems to apply to Ivan Gethin, who manages the site of Newcastle-under-Lyme College's new campus. Over the past four years, this Sir Walter Raleigh of the construction world has lain down his cloak over the muddy puddles of his building sites to put them among the top 0.5 per cent of the nicest places to hear a pneumatic drill, according to the independent Considerate Constructors Scheme.

While FErret is sure that his efforts are greatly appreciated by the college staff, they are also rather unnecessary.

Most college principals would be quite happy to put up with a builder merrily driving their JCB into the family saloon, turning Talk Radio up to maximum and wolf-whistling at the wife if it meant that someone started work on their new buildings.

Well done to Ivan, anyway.

Dorset, here we come

Champions League? Pah. In sympathy with the latest addition to the FE family, Chelsea FC, FErret refused to watch the phoney final to see which team won with a jammy last-minute goal.

Instead, brave John Terry's defeated semi-finalists will have to satisfy themselves that even if they have again failed to conquer Europe, they have at least conquered Weymouth.

The club's Football in the Community scheme is to help run Weymouth College's boys football academy from September, ensuring that the students can perform at the highest level for 90 minutes, then concede an equaliser.

It is such a good idea that FErret thinks it should be extended: the semi- final proved that Michael Ballack could surely coach a debating team, while coastal Weymouth would be perfect for a Didier Drogba diving school.

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