A shoot of the wisteria, severely pruned last year to make way for the decorators, reaches towards the front door. "The wisteria's trying to get into your house," says Pam who is a neighbour. "Rather nice."
Have you noticed how policemen (others refrain on the whole from the locution) refer to people as "individuals"? You can't call a person a criminal until he is found guilty of a crime, but you are free to call him an "individual", as in "I arrested the individual who was behaving suspiciously and when approached attempted to abscond."