A Slow Process.....
It is hard to miss the arrival, a large green Range Rover loaded with all sorts turns up and the occupants proceed to set up the placrds and banners by the side of the main road. I must have been bored because I made a mental note of the time they started this weekly task. My finishing time arrived but curiuosity got the better of me and I stayed on , watching, watching and watching. I was fascinated by the dedication of the 2 women who appeared to be doing all the fetching, carrying and setting while the young lad just did what he always does, he stood by the roadside with his hood up doing very little while trying to look busy.
Eventually after about 45 minutes the 2 women seemed satisfied with their hard work, the side of the road was festooned with placards and banners advertising their cause and they took their rightfull place at the side of the road near to the young lad who had been there all along, together with a couple of other late comers.
As I got up from my desk a colleague commented that I was late leaving so I mentioned my observations. He laughed and said that almost exactly the same happens when they pack up, ( he works differant hours to me) the 2 women carefully dismantle the banners, placards etc and pack them away taking up to another 45 minutes to do so, then the youth joins them and they drive away to wherever. We chatted some more and worked out that for the 2 women a typical event may consist of about 90 minutes of set up / break down time with as little as 60 minutes or as much as 90 minutes protest time.