Alf is sulking again this morning, despite Mrs Grumble’s best efforts to condition him for disappointing news.
If you were in for a knighthood, she was saying last week, the functionaries in charge of these things would have let you know.
Alf remained hopeful.
But no, damn it, he has missed out again.
The best construction he can put on the absence of his name from the list of Queen’s Birthday Honours published today is that they are honouring lunatics these days instead of hard-working, long-serving members for Eketahuna North.