Sneak has always liked to think himself ahead of the curve and bang on trend. So it came as something of an awakening so rude it was like being goosed by Simon Cowell to realise that Sneak has absolutely nothing in common with 16 to 24-year-olds.
Of course, that's a sentiment that many middle-aged people come to. But usually, it's because they can't fathom why anyone in their right mind would consider that a pork pie hat, skinny jeans and espadrilles was suitable attire for anyone not in a mental institution. In this case, however, it simply appears that Sneak is just way too cool for the kids.
According to a feverish study in to why youngsters have better things to do with their life than waste it up to the armpit in pig muck, farming, Sneak was agog to realise that when asked what a blackberry was, more than eight out of 10 16 to 24-year-olds' first thought was of a mobile phone, rather than a fruit.
Where, oh where, Sneak bewails, have these kids been living? BlackBerrys might have been popular some time back in 2007, but not even Sneak's in-bred country cousin is still using that brand of smartphone now. Surely no self-respecting Samsung-touting school leaver would have any better idea of what a BlackBerry was than if you asked them what a Dragon 32 was?
The poll was conducted at the behest of the Future of Farming Group, which has been set up to examine the reason why so few youngsters see farming as a viable career.
However, if the best way this group can think of enthusing kids is to teach them the difference between a piece of fruit and a phone, Sneak can't but help think they've already lost the battle.
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