Angus Young: Will the last one out of Hull turn off the lights? ... Soon there'll be no need
Last September, amid little fuss, responsibility for maintaining and repairing Hull's street lights was outsourced by the city council.
The reason for the lack of fuss was the work went straight to the council's wholly-owned building firm KWL.
Since then British Summer Time has ended, the clocks have gone back and the dark nights are upon us.
As a result, the number of broken street lights are much easier to spot.
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And whether it's just a coincidence or not, I'm pretty sure I've never seen so many lights out of action as I have done over the past few months.
Just before Christmas, a caller on Radio Humberside's Burnsy Show came on air to praise the panto performance of the Chuckle Brothers and then grumble about the number of broken street lights she had spotted on her way home from Hull New Theatre.
She managed to count 59 between the city centre and Noddle Hill in Bransholme.
I know how she feels.
Counting broken street lights has become something of a nocturnal guilty pleasure of mine in recent weeks on my travels around the city.
My favourite spot is the Dairycoates flyover in Hessle Road where half the lights have been out since at least October.
Switching to KWL was meant to be a great way of saving money and protecting jobs, as I seem to recall being told at the time.
But if we carry on like this, there won't be any need to tell the last one out of the city to turn off the lights as KWL seem to be making quite a good fist of it.
On a similar note, it's that time of year when potholes of all shapes and sizes tend to make a comeback on the region's roads.
After dodging it for a few days on my way into work, I officially reported a particularly vicious-looking one the other day.
Within 24 hours, yellow lines had been painted around the offending crater.
Let's hope it gets filled in quicker than the repair job on the Dairycoates flyover lights.
JUST imagine if Matthew Grove had appointed a different Tory councillor from the East Riding to be his deputy instead of Paul Robinson.
Had that person decided to remain on the council, would they have received as much Tory flak? Probably not.