Dr Biswell reminded me this evening of something so surreal I had forgotten it. He blew in out of the storm at 3 AM, an hour at which the household is frankly not at its best. The first thing he said after ‘hello’ was ‘there is a rat in the umbrella stand’. There was; a medium sized rat, trying to climb into the Professor’s Mafia hat, and the whole setout was of keen interest to Miss Dog, so Dr B shut the inner front door and left them to it. We poked our heads round the door a few minutes later to find that Miss Dog had achieved absolutely NOTHING, so I collared Mrs Gray and told her to deal with it. Which she did.