"The entire planet will be governed by Sharia Law by the year 2015," according to garden centre worker Ted Newby of Stourbridge. "And what's wrong with that? Sounds like a bit of a laugh to me."
At which point we withdrew, fearing that Newby didn't really have a clue what he was on about. Around the corner we encountered a couple of hoody type lads with a fierce looking dog on a leash. We asked for their thoughts.
"It would be totally inappropriate to have Sharia Law in the Midlands," one told us. "It simply wouldn't work. The gulf between the cultures involved is way too vast. There would be too many laws to enforce and too many individuals breaking them. Basically we'd just ignore them. They'd go away eventually."
"Too right," his colleague added, 'Public flogging may be acceptable in Pakistan, but not here. We've won two world wars and one world cup mate. If Hitler couldn't get us to toe the line, then these fanatics have no chance. I'd stick two fingers up to 'em personally but me mam instilled in me the virtue of good manners."
So there you have it. Sharia Law highly unlikely here.