What the Dickens: An unwelcome rat on the 188 bus – and Dulwich College makes an enemy

Admin (20 March, 2019) Diary

A rat snuggling in the hood of a bus passenger and Dulwich College being the victim of angry Wikipedia editing all feature in this week's column

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Bus Rat

Pets aren’t an unusual sight on the 188 bus, which runs along Rotherhithe, Bermondsey and Elephant and Castle.

But more novel was a passenger on Monday who decided to transport her white rat by stashing him away in her hood, with no means of preventing the bus-riding rodent from jumping out and running amok.

TfL’s terms and conditions stipulate pets are allowed on-board so long as the driver judges them to be an “inoffensive animal” and they’re “in a suitable container.”

A hood then is judged a suitable pet container by at least one 188 driver. And while the driver might have judged the cute critter as inoffensive, some commuters disagreed.

One simply wrote a string of sick-faced emojis in response to a picture sneakily taken by another passenger and posted on Facebook.

Coppers’ cuisine

Two weeks ago, we pondered what the food at Walworth Police station might be like, after one Google reviewer criticised the meals being served to those in custody.

“Don’t get the lasagne, the cheese is butter, it’s disgusting,” advised the commentator in their assessment of the coppers’ cooking skills.

Turns out it’s not just plod’s pasta that’s in the firing line. The sweet and sour chicken with rice was “terrible”, one reader tells us, while another adds: “[The] sausage and beans was cold.”

People in custody are no longer served bread and water, but it’s not-so-clear the meals they’re being given instead are much of an improvement.

Privately seething

If, like Dulwich College, you’ve been around for four hundred years, you’re bound to make an enemy or two.

On Tuesday evening, the College’s Wikipedia site was less than favourably edited by a mystery user in Leeds, whose other encyclopaedic contributions are listed as the X-Factor and TV series Benidorm.

Dulwich College is “utter garbage”, they quite unfairly changed the introduction to read, because everyone who goes there is “weird.”

It showed up as the second result on Google until the entry was amended twenty minutes later by a more responsible netizen.

Which old Alleynians could have possibly inspired the user’s ire? The list includes quiz-show The Chase’s Paul Sinha, the Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons, and Brexiteer Nigel Farage.


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