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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

A national Memorial for Eco heroes?

I may write to Saint Greta this morning, suggesting a new national memorial to all those who fall in the cause of the planet. Those killed by wind turbine blades or toppling towers, blinded by solar panels, those who succumb to a surfeit of quinoa and those such as the late Mrs Struthers-Gardner killed by metal drinking straws.

Hipsters and Eco warriors risk their lives saving the planet from plastic drinking straws
May they rest in peace. Preferably in hand-woven wicker coffins buried in the woods with a sapling planted over them.

26 comments:

Span Ows said...

Raedwald, it is not whimsy: far more damge to the palnet ecosystems is done to feed vegans an vegetarians that to feed meat eaters. More animals die to feed vegans etc.

Re the link, unbelivably stupid: pencils also kill, table forks, dusters, donkeys, loose carpets, bees, mints, money, water and every other thing you could possibly list has been responsible for a death or more.

Raedwald said...

Span Ows - Indeed. The RoSPA detailed serious accident statistics used to give me much pleasure, and I recall I once wrote a post on deaths and serious injuries caused by cheese.

right-writes said...

I am fortunate enough to have a "right on" sister (a real one), and she, having carefully introduced me and "my partner" (wife) to her friends etc.. throughout the last 40 years, has suddenly changed her tune and started employing really old titles.

A second cousin of mine has formed a partnership with her female friend and the female friend has just recently produced a child. I was told by my sister that Claire might be a bit late, because her wife had just had a baby and was still organising herself.

Later on I heard her talking to someone else about Claire and her wife. Next thing you know, they will be talking about chattels and dowries etc..

Anyway, my point is that along with daft antics like trying to repeat the feats of Harold at Hastings, lefties have a habit of changing the language very suddenly and then chiding ordinary sensible (normal) people for not knowing the new=speak.

More pertinently though, this did happen to my oldest cousin (who is now 85) when he was 12, he fell over and landed face first in a vegetable patch that had pea sticks in it. He lost an eye and my mother who was there was forever paranoid about rakes and sticks and anything else pointy and sharp.

So this is definitely a problem, and one that we thought had been fixed with tinned peas and plastic straws, but that is progress for ya.

Cheerful Edward said...

Well, however you make the case for wilful stupidity, the Saudis have just cancelled an order for thirty Boeing 737 Maxs, as have others.

You didn't talk them round, for some reason.

Sackerson said...

@Span Ows: interesting - can you provide links, please?

Raedwald said...

Edward, you're a fool.

Your blind hatred for all things American - a loathing which I imagine would justifiably earn you the attention of the US security authorities - provokes some risible attempts at trolling from you.

I've never met anyone who lined themselves up in the Boeing vs Airbus debate in nationalistic terms. Most folk like me who do a lot of easyjet / ryanair flying will have a preference for one aircraft over the other on comfort grounds.

If you really imagine my readers are as unsophisticated in their preferences as you are in your own bigotry you are mistaken.

Either up your game or your trolling days are over.

Cheerful Edward said...

You are mistaken in your inferences from my short post, Raedwald.

Just for one thing among the great many, try imagining a world without jazz?

Look, I know that you have a bee in your bonnet about H&S, but you still look both ways before crossing a road, I surmise?

It's normal for people to do what is reasonable to minimise danger. To do otherwise is plain silly.

James Higham said...

I carry my plastic McD's straw with me at all times.

Poisonedchalice said...

Steel drinking straws are an accident in waiting. The thin-wall steel is actually quite sharp and it takes little pressure to puncture skin, let alone an eye. Whoever thought them a good idea is a dumb-ass!

Dave_G said...


@PoisonC - whoever thought banning plastic straws would make any difference to the way the world works is equally dumb....

RAC said...

Remember the paper straws from your schooldays, they remained tubular for just about long enough to drink a small bottle of milk, and that's all which was required of them. Plastic straws don't have that defect, they would in fact be re-usable, but we don't re-use them because it would be impracticable. So why did we need them?

RAC said...

It's all coming back to me now. Paper straws were ace, they had just the right length, diameter, weight and balance that when fitted with a pen nib, made a perfect throwing dart

Raedwald said...

.... or as blow-darts for firing small hard chewed paper pellets

RAC said...

When desks had ink wells and dip in pens. When are they going to ban Biro's /s

Cheerful Edward said...

And just remember the fun that you could have, with seven pounds of weedkiller from the hardware shop and a few bags of icing sugar. Broke windows a quarter of a mile away.

Tsk. How we laughed...

Cheerful Edward said...

...if you got really bored, then there was always the old sling-the-bike-frame-into-in-the-electricity-sub-station wheeze, wasn't there?

Cheerful Edward said...

In the meantime, the less imaginative had to while away the hours with the time-wearied can-of-petrol-and-box-of-matches pranks, bless 'em...

Eeh, those were t'days.

Thud said...

C.Edward, just who besides yourself do you comment for? do you by any chance believe you are not viewed as the village idiot here?

Mark said...

He's a sophisticated "European" remember.

Anonymous said...

Why do we need straws at all? Why do bar tenders plop a straw my drink? I left childhood before the Festival of Britain. And no, I'm far from ga-ga.

Paul Tredgett said...

Geez, your burial ideas are a bit flash. I have given instructions to my daughters to bury me in a cardbord box that shipped a fridge and clearly marked 'Sanyo" or similar. And as you can't dig a hole on my property as it's tropical rainforest with a mass of roots just below the surface, just leave it downwind in a far corner. No need to plant the tree either, I'll be feeding then and gone in a couple of weeks.

Smoking Scot said...

@ Paul T

Yes your edible parts will be gone quite rapidly, though much will depend on how long your kids take to position the carcass.

So it's either carnivores or those with a preference for carrion. Or snails.

But they will be stuck with the skeleton.

So expect to be dumped on the banks of a crocodile infested river. All gone within an hour with only your teeth fillings left to mark your passing.

Span Ows said...

@ Sackerson, presuming you mean the vegan bit and not the starnge deaths then the latest I have seen is:

https://www.sott.net/article/416231-So-you-re-a-vegan-but-are-you-really

That link is to recent article in The Australian but I have seen others plus my work revolves around feeding animals, plus I used to ranch beef in South America so have a dog in the fight.

Sackerson said...

@Span Ows: thanks! In corroboration I'd say that I read in wartime Britain our wheat yields were dropping because of lack of animal fertiliser since we'd slaughtered so many animals to increase arable production. We were close to a crisis when the war came to an end.

Ever use bolas?

Span Ows said...

No, lasso yes, the bolas are a neat tool for saving a lot of energy! Lasso - either on foot or in the saddle - means you still have to 'tumbar' the animal. Once down you could get its tail up round its legs* to prevent it jumping up whilst being branded/treated.

Ed P said...

Please sign up to my new petition re the Finnis scientists findings about Climate Change having insignificant links to human activities:
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/267519/sponsors/new?token=7MnJGjCEyL3IGOcct2ve

Help stop these "green" taxes, windmills, etc.!