Reverend Penrose’s position has been degraded to one of “deflated Daddy”, he’s really going to have to raise his game if he wants to get to stand at the front on the cover of any future print collections.

Today’s comic features another James Herriot (real name: Alf White) reference, “pencil” being a term for the penis used by one of the literary vet’s farming clients, one that I have used ever since. I read those books repeatedly when I was 11 or 12. They are in my writing DNA and I cannot get them out. My mother trod on Mr White’s foot in Thirsk post office when she was pregnant with me, and I believe this may be the reason that Herriotisms occur so frequently.