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I don’t remember that…?

Flicking through the Tesco Photobook I ordered of my elective in Canada, which arrived this morning, I note that many of the scenes are unfamiliar. All of them, in fact. The pictures are largely of Alie’s 90th birthday – or at least, I think they are. It’s hard to tell, because the text is in German… And the picutres, apparently, are set in Germany. The cover was right, the inside wasn’t mine. Tesco assure me they’ll sort it. We’ll see.

This 1,203rd post was filed under: Notes.

I know why the UK is crap at recycling

The DumpCall off of the quangos, cancel the committees, and stop the investigations. I, Simon Howard, have discovered why the UK is so poor at recycling, reducing waste volume, and helping the environment.

It is, it would appear, due to the existence of people like Helen Veale, executive producer of Channel 4’s most recent reality TV show Dumped. From a piece she wrote for Guardian Unlimited:

Before Dumped it had never really occurred to me that when you throw something away it actually goes somewhere.

Wow. An executive producer commissioned to make a programme about rubbish for one of the UK’s biggest TV channels didn’t know that rubbish went somewhere after she’d put it in her bin. Presumably, on par with the scientific knowledge of most TV producers, she thought it disapparated, like things do in Harry Potter.

And just to further exemplify her knowledge of the subject matter on which she’s produced a programme:

[T]he whole point is that everyone seems to think that “the environment” is something that happens far away, in foreign countries, caused by other people.

Who is this “everyone”? I don’t think I know anyone who thinks that. And, frankly, it’s incredibly depressing if anyone does – let alone someone producing a programme about the environment.

The concept of Dumped actually strikes me as rather good, but now I’m worried that it will be spoiled by ‘revelations’ like the fact that my rubbish goes to landfill, and doesn’t simply disappear. With Ms Veale executive producing, I’m not holding out much hope.

This 1,202nd post was filed under: Media.

John Prescott to retire at next election

In a move almost as expected as Tony Blair’s, John Prescott has announced that he will resign as an MP at the next election.

It’ll be quite sad to see him go – Whilst he was a comically terrible Deputy Prime Minister, he was a colossal figure in the Labour Party, probably more important to it over the last fifteen years even than Tony Blair. Blair wouldn’t have got anywhere without Prescott, and neither would Labour.

He’s even provided much fun on these pages over the years – from his interview technique (more than once), to his non-job, to his affair (also more than once). His complete lack of PR awareness made him a bit of a figure of fun for the media, but his style meant that he could always connect with the grass roots of the Labour Party, unlike almost anyone else.

Brown’s government will dearly miss a figure like Prescott.

This 1,201st post was filed under: Politics.

Parking made easy – but not at hospitals

My tenth Gazette piece is now online: Parking made easy – but not at hospitals. It’s basically another whinge. You read the early version of it here first, in July last year. The picture which accompanies the original is one of the most stolen from this site. So there you go.

This 1,200th post was filed under: Notes, Writing Elsewhere.


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