THE other morning, while exercising the Border collie down by the side of the town’s main beach, I was interviewed by a lady conducting market and social research which, as it transpired, had nothing to do with politics, religion or whether Camilla should be the nation’s next Queen, but more to do with why one was walking the said dog along Sandhaven?
What was the point of departure? How long had the walk taken so far? Was this a regular occurrence? Not to mention how old am I?
So when I asked ‘What’s all this got to do with the price of fish?’ I was told her Gateshead-based employer had been paid by South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council to conduct such a survey, which, in a time of cutbacks and redundancies, made perfect sense.