Update on the Equita thing below. I had a letter from Bexley Council this morning explaining their decision to cancel their arrangement with Equita, their appointed collections agency. Apparently Equita have covered their costs so Bexley have called them off (I dare say they got a bollocking but the council won't give me the pleasure of knowing that) and in the light of my current financial and personal predicament, the council have given me 8 weeks grace, which is good of them. Then they went on to mention the outstanding amount - an amount £5 more than it should be, presumably because Equita have not informed Bexley that they'd cashed the cheque for £5 I sent them a couple of weeks ago to get them off my back. Equita neither acknowledged the fact I'd sent them this cheque nor informed me that they would be cashing it. They now have the dubious accolade of being thieving bastards to add to their impressive status as bullies and obnoxious lying arseholes. The nice thing about all this is that I've been right all along. I have some more letters to write.
Bloke 2, Bastards 0
I'm now off to dance naked around the war memorial as the sun sets.