This morning the TV was blaring away, when suddenly it didn’t. No satellite signal, the screen read.

Oh god, I bet the equipment’s broken down, I thought. I bet the box has broken or a piece has fallen off of the satellite dish. And I bet Sky won’t fix it for free because I’ve not been a customer for that long and I’ll either have to pay to get it fixed or go without telly. And even if we do get it repaired we’ll be without telly for weeks, which I’ll still be paying for.

Then I opened the back door to look at the dish. On it sat two magpies. I chased them away and the TV came back on fine.

I am not an optimist.


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