A friend, Viv, has two Bearded Collies or Beardies (a herding breed of dog, once used primarily by Scottish shepherds, but now mostly a popular family companion). When I came to write this I suddenly realised that I had no idea how to spell 'Tilly and Millie' so it could be 'Tilly and Milly' or 'Tillie and Millie'. Qui sait? Everyone who knows me knows that I love animals despite my gruff exterior and the reputation that Spesh attributes to me. Occasionally I have difficulty when they decide to lick me. I'm not a lollipop and Friend Who Knows Too Much trained me to repel advances from her collie on health grounds. Imagine my surprise then when I actually didn't mind in the slightest when I was at a friend's recently and was licked enthusiastically. I'd just been swimming in her pool (which is chlorinated with salt) so I suspect it was the salt they were after and not me! So when I get home, Spesh, perhaps Briagha can just lick to her heart's content.