Dear noise cancelling headphones, I am very sad that you have stopped working. Last time I used you everything was fine but next time I picked you up you had obviously decided that enough was enough. Extensive trying of brand new batteries couldn’t coax you into life. You have been great, but it looks like it’s time to exchange you for a new pair.
Dear plastic bags, I wonder if you realise what a rumpus you have caused here in England since October 5th as the government attempts to reduce litter and protect wildlife. People are objecting, in their droves, to paying 5p for every one they use in supermarkets and shops. People who previously thought nothing of using 10 new plastic bags each time they did their weekly food shop, are now being asked to pay and are not happy about it. Apparently voices have been raised, fingers have been pointed and letters written to newspapers. The fact that the money raised will go to good causes rather to the shops themselves is passing some people by. Useful as you are for many things, I would rather reduce the numbers of you that are festooning trees, and blowing across the park after a lovely summer’s day where people have been having picnics. I would much rather your plastic was used to make a sturdier bag, for which I would happily pay 10p, and which can be re-used many times. I’m sorry if you are unhappy with the situation, and aren’t seeing as much of the world as you used to (from the tree tops, from the cupboard under the sink, in the park, in the school cloakroom…), but we have to start thinking about reducing pollution in this throwaway society of ours. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have been charging for single-use bags for some time now and have seen great benefits, so hopefully we can too.
Dear cyclists, Please, WEAR BRIGHT CLOTHES AT NIGHT! PUT LIGHTS ON YOUR BIKES! You are very hard to see now that the dark mornings and evenings are upon us.
Happy Friday everyone!