When the Sock started her bloggywog back in May 2008 her first incisive observations were directed at Joe Swift's Gardeners' World allotment. Even the oldest amongst you couldn't fail to remember the outrage engendered in Messageboardworld by the saga of the 'Couch Grass' Joe rotavated into his allotment and the Sock's prediction for the state of the allotment by 2009!
Followed by Chris Beardshaw's visit to Joe's Allotment in 2009
Now Messageboardworld is again awash with horror at the 'scandalous' news that Joe Swift has quit his allotment!!! Yes, apparently Joe has cleared off, taking his shed and triangular beds with him and this is all that remains. Fellow allotmenteers have noted that Joe refused to take any of the plants with him as the roots would all be rife with marestail. Posters are hurt and confused that all the 'introduce your family to allotment life', 'grow your own veg' and 'make friends with fellow allotmenteers' turned out to be fake. Surely they should have realised it wasn't real as this isn't the first time Joe has been accused of neglect.
Yet again poor Joe is much misunderstood. The Sock has told you all before and she will tell you all again.. these people aren't real they merely exist for the purpose of presenting a TV programme and when they have done that they go back to their normal everyday lives. You don't think the Pope sits around of an afternoon with his big hat and gold robes on when he is watching 'Through the Keyhole' do you? So why would you expect Joe to spend the rest of his spare time digging out marestail on his lottie and eating fresh veg when all he really fancies is some turkey twizzlers and a bag of chips?
The reality is that when the camera stops rolling Joe returns to his day job as er... well the Sock isn't exactly sure.. but he is President of the NGS. This doesn't bode well for him staying on at Gardeners' World where it would seem that retiring presenters get to be made 'Presidents' of various things* in the same way retiring MPs get made Lords.
* Lord Monty of Don got made President of the Soil Association
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