In a world first a northern man has put a teabag into the bin without first putting it into the sink for a few hours.

Northerner Steve Dickinson was making a mug of tea when he decided to simply chuck the teabag away rather than “let it settle” for a few hours before Barbara got home and had a go at him about it.

“I was next to the bin and I had the teabag on the end of my spoon so I thought, why not? There’s a first time for everything. Barbs has been working really hard recently.”

“She deserves a treat from time to time. It’s almost Christmas. She’ll be thrilled to get home and not have to fish an old teabag out of the plug hole in the sink.”

“It’s the little romantic gestures that really make a marriage work. You only get out of a marriage what you put in.”

“It sounds like a cliché but it’s true. I changed a bog roll in April.”

Reports that Steve didn’t just leave his mug on the coffee table in the living room are yet to be confirmed but it is understood that the teaspoon he used is still in the sink.

“He’s very sweet you know” Barbara added after Steve received his Husband of the Decade Award from Rochdale Borough Council. “He remembered to put the green bin out last week. A year ago he put his car keys in the key bowl next to the back door without me having to remind him.”

“Who said romance is dead?”

Quentin D Fortesqueue is a founding editor of The Rochdale Herald. Part time amateur narcissist and full time satirist Quentin is never happier than when playing his lute and drinking a full bodied Bordeaux. He rarely plays the lute and never gets to drink Bordeaux.