And now for something completely different

Thu, 28/09/2006 - 22:33 -- James Oakley

This is like something from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The “fine lady” character from the “Ride A Cock Horse” rhyme is being prevented from riding her horse to Banbury Cross because police object.

A white horse had been specially trained to lead a protest march over plans to downgrade key services at the Oxfordshire town’s Horton Hospital.

Instead, the march on Friday evening is now likely to be taken over by a mock horse ridden by a man in a dress.

Except it’s real life. I think the line the spectators are looking for is “That’s not a horse. Those are coconuts”

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