Diary: Northern hospitality

It's grim 'oop' North, Diary understands. Maybe that's why 'folk' are so friendly, as a way of compensating for t'grimness an' all (don't bother writing in ...). But there aren't many places where a hotel would be prepared to put up a stray ferret. When one resembling a drowned rat snuck into the Judges' Lodgings Hotel near York, caring staff transferred the critter to a crisp box in the wine cellar until it was claimed. Now we we all know what to do if we find some damp pigeons or whippets wandering the streets.

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