JUST to put Mr. Everett’s mind at rest, I was not actually wearing the loin cloth when I eventually put my bins out. This is because my kind neighbour took pity on me and donated the entire contents of her charity clothes bag to cover my embarrassment. I’ll admit to feeling a bit strange wearing the dress, and the thong proved a little difficult to manage, but it all ended well and at least it gave the bin-men a good laugh. Thank you for your compassion.

Julian R. Powell Larch Grove Newport