Have you heard the one about the three conservationists in the station waiting room?
This, I am assured, is a true story which played out in the distant north of England early on Saturday morning.
Man1: Are you going to London?
Man2: (with 2 excited children): Yes, I work for the RSPB
Man1: ah, I work for the wildlife trust. I like your costumes! Mine’s in this bag for later.
Man3, in a Natural England jacket, enters, with partner & child
Man2: hi, are you going to London too?
Man3: No, they are, but I’m knackered. Frankly, a trip to London is the last thing I need.
A feeling of despondency descends and they then wait for the train in silence.