I learnt all this when I arrived to take their pictures for this blog. Instead I found two ladies sheltering the Club House waiting for the rain to stop. Then, as I was about to leave, the law arrived in the shape of James and he started to do what he does best — public relations. It was an example of community policing at its best. If the chief constable of Nottinghamshire or the Home Secretary had seen him mount his charm offensive on the bowling fraternity they would have awarded him a medal on the spot!
So, on an afternoon when the most I expected was a bunch of old men I found myself in the company of two delightful ladies and James. It was, with apologies to the West End men, better than I had expected and, all in all, a lovely start to the 2008 bowling season in Lenton.
Islamist gunmen have shot dead two Somalia-born Britons in an attack at a school in the east African country.