The 'Die-In' is a modern form of protest where a large group of people lie down in a public place pretending that they are dead, to draw attention to a major crisis issue such as war or, in the case of this piece, the wholesale destruction of the environment. The image above was in a … Continue reading The Act of Being Deeply Concerned
On my latest trip to my local Lidl*, I noticed some superficial changes to the supermarket. Firstly that they had placed separate bins by the door for different recyclable materials, so that people who haven't a clue can randomly dump the wrong type of packaging into each bin, along with organic waste and contaminate the … Continue reading More than a Lidl Wasteful
As some of you may well have noticed, it's been a few weeks since I've posted anything. This can be partially excused by the fact that I was away and largely off-grid for a while, but have been back for over two weeks now, and have not got round, until the last couple of days, … Continue reading Escape from Planet Earth
I took a stroll at lunchtime yesterday, as I often do on a Thursday, Thursday is the day when there is a little food market in the park beside where I work. During the winter a few stalwarts set up their stalls on a weekly basis, but as summer approaches the market expands greatly. Yesterday … Continue reading First Signs of Summer – First Signs of Inconsiderate Pricks
Often when I go out running, I choose a different route, or explore a place I have not been to before. Rather than planning an exact route, I simply decide an approximate distance or time and head off on my merry way. I did so last Saturday morning, when I ran along the Royal Canal, … Continue reading Patria o Muerte?
I for one enjoy the cinema experience. I much prefer watching a film on the big screen than on a TV or other personal device. I like getting immersed in the two hours (average) of pure uninterrupted escapism. It is just a shame that cinemas, being public places to watch films in, are full of … Continue reading Silver Screen and Silver Spoons
"Who would he be like? Hitler or one of those mad fellas?" "Oh, much worse than Hitler. You wouldn't find Hitler playing jungle music at 3 in the morning." Thus goes the exchange between the titular Father Ted and his gormless sidekick Dougal in the greatest TV series to ever come from Ireland, as they … Continue reading All that Glitters … is Poison
Shopping in supermarkets is a minefield. Not only do we have to dodge around vacillating idiots dragging their baskets as if heaving a bodybag behind them, but then trying to actually shop ethically is another palaver. Having a long list of criteria to which I try to adhere puts strain on this weekly endeavour, and … Continue reading Not currently recycled – nor cared about
As you my clever and well-informed readers no doubt know, we are perilously close to complete environmental catastrophe. At our current rate of consumption, within the next couple of generations, the average increase in atmospheric and sea temperatures will hit a tipping point, after which there is no return, and we will tumble towards a … Continue reading A Solution to the Earth’s Greatest Crisis? Quick, Privatise it!
Earlier this week, I read the tale of the postal worker who has been fired* for dumping mail. The man in question claimed he had disposed of marketing material, namely flyers and circular letters soliciting charity. He did this in order to shorten his working day so that he could care for his elderly mother. Firstly, … Continue reading Going Postal