I was cycling through Hyde Park this week and was halted as a couple of Army horses were escorted out of Knightsbridge Barracks, manuring the road as they went.
For some reason this brought to mind Jan Masaryk, the Czech foreign minster during and immediately after the second world war, before Czechoslovakia became communist. It was suggested that the country might become a bridge between the communist east of Europe and the social democratic west.
It may have gained (or lost) something in translation, but Masaryk’s response was that:
“The trouble with being a bridge is that horses gallop across and crap all over you.”