Saving The Environment What A Joke

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 22nd January 2013


You can tell I’m in grumpy mood probably occasioned by the bad weather – not just the cold but the greyness – and I suffer from SAD.

We are supposed to be helping save the environment and yet one sees everywhere instances of unnecessary use of precious resources.

Probably the worst case to be highlighted recently is our waste of Food. At least the press did have the guts to blame much of the waste on the BOGOF (Buy one, get one free or for half price) and unnecessarily short Use-by dates. As a singleton it really upsets me to have to pay more for one unit of something because I don’t want and can’t use two. Occasionally I’ve done the buy one and get the other for half price but invariably much gets thrown out. The other thing which annoys me is the ‘buy 2 for £’ – why can’t they just sell the items at their true price instead of making the purchases look like ‘bargains’. Bargains they are not – you only have to look at the huge profits posted by the supermarkets.

And another which really gets me is the JUNK which is now delivered by Royal Mail.
We’ve not had any deliveries for a few days because of the snow. Today a great thud had me rushing downstairs in expectation. And what greeted me – one letter and five fully coloured A4 adverts for various Sales and Offers. Just think of all that coloured ink and glossy paper and all the trees that have been felled. This ‘rubbish’ goes straight into the bin. I have to admit that these days I also bin the charity letters because I know they are all going to tug at my heart strings. I do contribute to charities of my choice (usually small ones where I know the money is predominantly going to the cause)  and in my time (when I had profile) made endless videos foc. and gave time to various charities but there is a limit to how much you can give especially when you read of the exorbitant sums paid to their CEO’s and the money spent on their glossy ‘advertising’ requests and TV commercials. Charity is ‘Big Business’ and we are possibly in danger of suffering from ‘Charity Fatigue’.  One thing I do is to send a cheque in an envelope but I don't fill in the form which accompanies the request.  And the little cards which come with slots for 3 pound coins - I blot out all my details, insert  the coins and return the card with the money but no information.

I really do think we live in a Mad, Mad World and in general, our politicians are totally out of touch with most of us. Well they would be wouldn’t they. Many have come from privileged backgrounds and go into Politics as a career without ever experiencing the nitty gritty of the ‘Real World’.

Promise I won’t have another moan this week.


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