I was going to say Bank Holidays are like buses, as in you wait ages for one and then two or three turn up together, but with the current state of bus services in Northamptonshire that expression has lost some of its meaning!
I know the May Day Bank Holiday is a fairly recent addition, but I was wondering if it should perhaps be moved? We have a long gap between August's and December's, could we perhaps do with one there somewhere?
Or should we all have one to celebrate our Patron Saint's Day? The Welsh could have 1st March, the Irish the 17th March, the English the 23rd April and the Scottish the 30th November.
You can't beat a Bank Holiday for causing confusion over the bins though, can you?
There's always someone who forgets it's shifted a day, and puts theirs out on what should be the 'right' day.
This then causes bin confusion with the neighbours - who's right? Do you put yours out just in case? You can't run the risk of not having the refuse bin collected as it's now done once a fortnight.
So you check up and down the street. Now one person's done it, other people are getting twitchy too. There are bins appearing everywhere, as if by magic.
There's also the food caddy - that's done weekly, you've got to get that out there as well.
Then you remember there's been two Bank Holidays over Easter, you've lost the note from the council, now you don't know what to do.
So you err on the side of caution - you're pretty sure you're right, but you don't want to be the only one that doesn't get their bin emptied.
Then your bins stand there for a day and a half, kerbside, handles out, looking dejected because of course it's shifted a day.
You remind yourself to double check next time and make a note because the stress of having a Bank Holiday is all too much where the bins are concerned...