So what makes a racing pigeon fly all day, presumably home wards and then return to Hutton in time for a light meal and Saturday night TV. Presumably the World Snooker Championship is also being screened in Hartlepool, Halifax and Hexham. Did Stool circle over his old cote and say to himself the Duck with this, I am off back to the Merse where the air is pure, the grain plentiful and the water from the deepest and purest Hutton aquifer? Did he see his owner stop wringing his hands in preparation for wringing a neck? We may never know.
He seems to have gone off this morning.