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When whatever genius is operating the controls behind its grid posts pictures of pub crawls Merl-style, we ache to be one of the sheep on them. When this photo of cows appears with the caption, ‘These tall pandas subsist solely on a diet of bambmoo’, we feel just absurdly happy. And when we get to clap eyes on a brilliant old picture of four sheepdog in the boot of a car with a description that reads ‘Four sheepdog in the back of a car, or as we like to call it, parallel barking’, we realise that we’ve hit the stage when the jokes we like most in life are those that we once prefixed with the word ‘dad’.
And all the while, as we gently guffaw into our cups of loose leaf Earl Grey, we also get to glimpse contemporary and historic scenes of the bucolic life of the country, a pursuit that is every bit as reassuring as many – and perhaps most – of us need in this year that has been anything but. Not, however, that the Merl shies away from weighing in matters of a more topical nature – albeit, thankfully, with a becoming lightness of touch. For evidence see its post which may just have been our very favourite of the year. A clue: it may involve a man driving a tractor beset by poultry as, in his infinite wisdom, he ‘checks his eyesight’ (do note the driver in question’s considerably less short-sighted sartorial choices than the motorist it pokes fun at).
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