Foreign News: Grasping the Nettle

In Britain, filling out endless bureaucratic forms is accepted as inevitably as a bad cold, a bus queue or a summer holiday ruined by rain. But every so often the worm turns, and victims everywhere enjoy a victory against the common bureaucrat. Recently Builder Eric Neate. constructing a small factory at Andover in Hampshire, routinely sent a blueprint of the factory to the County Planning Committee. Complying with committee orders that all factories must have flower beds. Neate's architect indicated a space for "shrubs." Back to Neate came the plan with a question: What kind of plants did Neate intend planting?...

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