I live in a detached house between two others, each with large gardens.
While my neighbours have usually been at least civil to me in the
past, they have for some reason always hated each other (I moved in only
a few years ago while they have been here much longer).
One neighbour kept a cow (Frisian I think) as a pet. Several weeks ago
it broke through my fence and started eating some of my compost heap, in
which my son (he is very small) had hidden a number of "Sparklets" CO2
canisters. It seems the cow ate these with the compost.
The next morning, my neighbour awoke to admire her cow. At some point,
one or more of the canisters then burst inside the cow with apparently
instant and very unpleasantly fatal results.
She immediately suspected foul play by my other neighbour, and proceeded
to accuse her of killing her cow. I tried to intervene (my son having
recently confessed to putting the canisters in the compost heap) but
somehow managed to make both parties think that I was either covering up
for the other, or had in fact killed the animal myself for some reason.
I am now the focus of much abuse from both neighbours and am not sure
which way to turn. Any advice would be appreciated.
Invite them around for a BBQ to resolve the 'issues'. Beefburgers should go
AFAIK, a cow's digestive tract only has one section, the
abomasum, which contains acid strong enough to affect a
Sparklets bulb. Material passes through this stage in four
hours - after which the acid passing through with it is
The timing thus seems to make it unlikely that the Sparklets
bulbs instigated the unfortunate "apparently instant and
very unpleasantly fatal results". Eaten the day before, the
bulbs would have exploded long before petting time, or not
Thus your own feelings of guilt may be misplaced. This may
indeed be purely a coincidence and the real culprit is yet
to be identified.
It may be that the other neighbour noticed the unusual diet
of the animal and introduced his own device into the cow -
one way or another.
So, you could explain to one neighbour that it couldn't have
been anything other than coincidence. And mention to the
other neighbour that Sparklets-style bulbs can also be had
containing oxygen or butane/propane mixtures....If you are
going to do a job - do it well..
Don't know about the cow - sounds like a load of bullocks to me !
Maybe the OP's clocks are all wrong.
The Caretaker .........
> Don't know about the cow - sounds like a load of bullocks to me !
I think it's abominabull.
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The legal point that I tried to bring out in my reply to the
OP was, IMHO, an important one.
The situation may not be as it first appears and it is
seldom wise to rush to an admission of liability.
> The situation may not be as it first appears and it is
> seldom wise to rush to an admission of liability.
Particularly when it is suspected that one's potential adversaries in
possible future litigation intend to milk the issue for all it's worth.
Better to chew the cud for a while first, I expect.
The Caretaker .........
>>Invite them around for a BBQ to resolve the 'issues'. Beefburgers should go
>Or ask them to bring their own steak.
That would be a missteak.
>Particularly when it is suspected that one's potential adversaries in
>possible future litigation intend to milk the issue for all it's worth.
Moooooove along there - that was awful. Did you come up with that joke
on the hoof?
i have never in my life heard so much tripe
But equally, one should not go about things like a bull in a china
> But equally, one should not go about things like a bull in a china
> Anthony Edwards
(I've been waiting to use that in the right context for a long long time...)
>But equally, one should not go about things like a bull in a china
or even a sparker bullb in a china shop
>I just took the bull by the horns and went for it.
You should be on stage.....sweeping up
Good point. I've only skimmed through this thread but It's clear that
nothing's got past your eyes.
Well, I don't have a steak in the issue but I do try to ensure that my
postings are not a load of old bullocks.
Has the OP been offered cownselling for this unfortunate incident.
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