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The following articles are my own thoughts, yes, I do have some from time to time, so don't blame anyone else! They are written with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, but they are all based on a certain amount of truth.

Articles are normally posted every Thursday.

August 10th 2017

I’ve pretty much given up on Facebook; they make so many changes so often I can no longer keep up. When looking at it on Sunday someone asked a question saying ‘was it really so good “in the old days?”’ This sort of got me thinking as to whether in fact the old days were better than the new days, and I don’t think they were necessarily better, but I think they were more honest.

For instance, Tesco have just announced to great fanfare they will not long sell individual plastic bags. Sounds like a good thing, it is a good thing, but in my “old days” we never had plastic bags. Vegetables were wrapped in newspaper if they were wrapped at all and placed into a shopping bag. We drank out of china cups or mugs rather than plastic or polystyrene ones. We would eat pickles that came in glass jars that could be washed when consumed and used for all manner of things.

Milk was delivered in a glass bottle and once the milk was consumed, the bottle was washed, and left out for “milko” to collect and the dairy to reuse. The milk floats were electric and did not pump various gases into the air to create a rather large hole. People drove at a speed that did not require speed bumps thus allowing for a continuous drive rather than slowing down and speeding up and contributing to an even bigger hole.

Televisions, radios, tape recorders, watches and record players were repaired when they broke, rather than thrown out and condemned to the trash heap. Police officers walked around rather than drove and “posty” used to ride a bike instead of driving.

Washing was hung out to dry rather than thrown into a dryer and people used to share baths, one tub full of water was more than enough for my mother, father, sister and me! We used to unplug devices that were not being used rather than leave them plugged in and turn off lights at night to conserve electricity.

Alarm clocks were wound up, as were egg timers and one piece of meat could serve as Sunday lunch, Monday tea, several days worth of sandwiches as well as provide bones for the dog to gnaw its teeth on and throw around and keep fit.

People went into food shops and bought food they would consume in weights of their choice and not the pre-packaged choice of supermarkets today, thus avoiding wasted food. People would go to the local “chippy” and buy fish and chips wrapped in newspaper proving re-cycling is in fact quite an old concept. Indeed newspapers had several uses, first as a purveyor of news, then as wrapping of food, and finally as a very useful replacement for two-ply.

Were “the old days better?” Not really, but let’s not kid ourselves, in the old days by conserving ourselves, we made a far bigger contribution to the planet than we are now. There were no floating plastic islands in the old days and no plastic mountains in the old days, but there were problems.

Smog in London was very popular in the even older days but when people were told “we are destroying our environment if we carry on like this”, people made changes and made adjustments in an attempt to make the air cleaner – and it worked – I know, I read in once in a newspaper having consumed a rather tasty cod and chips.