Locomotive Breath

The moon has got it all wrong, clear skies are where it belongs. It should be up there just now, beaming down at us like a maddie, not hiding in our shade.

The new series of Doctor Who is going to divide opinion. I loved the story split across two Saturday’s, I loved that questions were left unanswered and gaps left unbridged, I love that parents will hoping that their children will be hoping that their children don’t ask them what the hell is going on because they’re not entirely sure themselves
Two series ago most episodes seemed to be just a bunch of folk running around before stopping exclaim plots points, this seems to have a little more depth, if it was a little rushed feeling at times, trying to get it all in. Mind you, next weeks trailer looks like we’re getting a low-budget all-studio filmed pirate runaround, so who knows where it’s all going.
I’m warming to Rory as well. I thought he was just a lame stooge at first, but he’s more like Harry Sullivan all the time.

Finding that the best before date is tomorrow on many of the contents of the fridge could be seen as poor planning, potential food waste disaster time or a curse of coincidence, but when it’s all component parts in the making of a huge breakfast that are teetering on the brink of turning into a pumpkin (That’s what happens when the best before date is passed, just after midnight, you can’t say it isn’t either, you haven’t sat and watched it happen on the stroke of midnight like I have. By next morning it reverts to its original form, only it’s now highly poisonous with consumption causing either instant death or deep and incurable psychological problems, the main symptom of which is to voice the opinion that eating food after its best before date doesn’t do you any harm), it’s just an excuse to get the frying pan out and make the most of it, indeed rescuing the situation in a socially minded way, waste is bad after all.
Try as I might, there was no way I was eating all eight lorne sausage though.

I’m bored of recycling, I’m fed up living with boxes of shite all about the place. Recycling is a money making  industry like any other, it just waves a banner that makes us feel better about ourselves, but now it’s operational and a regular part of life, it means that we’re kind of missing the point: we shouldn’t have to have all the stuff we need to recycle in the first place.
I reckon we should all leave our packaging at the till in the shops and they can deal with it. Take a bucket, a bottle and bag to the supermarket and you’re all set. They can trip over all the crap in their own porch for a change.
Seriously though, dealing with waste isn’t the answer, not creating it is. Do we really need Corn Flakes in a box and a bag?

17 thoughts on “Locomotive Breath”

  1. My cereal only comes in a bag, that why I chose that particular one (Some oaty stuff from ASDA). The bonus is that it tastes pretty good. My wife however, is back on Thursday which means I won’t be allowed to buy cereal because it comes in a bright green bag anymore. It’ll be all Special K and Weetabix again…

    Mmmm Cold sausages make great hill pieces!

  2. Careful lad

    Next thing there will be some eco-bore asking if we need the outdoors industry foisting more shiny new kit on us that we don’t need (an even bigger a waste of the world’s resources, CO2 emissions and all that).

    …oops – its usually me that comes on and says that :-)

  3. I’m afraid we mainly do need all the packaging.
    1/ For quality and shelf life. Saves wasting food if it is sealed and protected and has an extended shelf life

    2/ For labelling reasons – nutritional values, warnings for people that have allergies etc.

    3/ For security and hygiene. Plenty of people are quite happy to let their kids run around stores handling the food.Also plenty of nutters around who would doctor food for grudge reasons or extortion.

    Finally I would think that the double packaged box of cereal is probably more environmentally friendly (recycled cardboard and coated paper) than the plastic derived single packaged bag

  4. I’d go back to the old days where everything was in a shop in bulk and you got a slice, a pound or a quarter.
    We don’t trust stuff that isn’t hermetically sealed on a shiny shelf anymore, folk forget there’s still people involved in the process, the horror…
    We’re clever enough to work around the issues, but someone still has to make a profit from it, plus we’re all lazy and need convenience, it#s human nature. We’ve doomed ourselves.
    Like DavidG says, we don’t nee the new stuff, but company’s are big, staff to pay, shareholders to please, product must be sold and sold again.

    The difficulty is we’re in a helluva mess and there are solutions, but it would mean mass unemployment to implement them. Nightmare.

    Jeez, can you tell I’m working up to my innov_ex coverage?

  5. The old way was fine if you want to buy most of your food behind a counter. And that would employ a lot of the spare capacity.
    Of course not many of us would want to serve behind a shop counter all day long given a choice.
    And food would be so expensive due to labour costs it would probably take 40% of take home pay rather than the 10% -15% that it costs now (Even in the 1970s food took 30 -35% of average take home pay and that was with early forms of supermarkets). Also you would have to go shopping more often for some items due to lower shelf life.
    So you take a big cut in your standard of living through higher costs or lower wages for shop workers or you accept less personal service and the limited impact on the environment.
    And I won’t even get on to the subject of adulterated food and not getting what you pay for. One advantage of having large centralised food production is that it is easier to check and maintain quality and manufacturer’s have a lot to lose if their standards slip (think Cadbury’s chocolate- cost them millions). In Victorian times over 50% of food was reckoned to have been interfered with in some way.

  6. Absolutely.

    Saw a cracking programme a while back about the horrors of what they mixed into Victorian foods. I’m surprised we’re all still here.

    One thing about centralisation that has cropped up in the fuel strikes and during the past couple of winters is that how quickly we get to the brink of normal society tripping up and stopping dead. But, we’re where are because that’s where we wanted to be, not because it was imposed. Human nature is so aften ignored in planning and in looking back at reasons for things. It’s like a global denial thing.

    Whatever we do we’ll still burn up resources, that’s the scary thing.

  7. … and not one Dr Who comment?!

    Priorities people. Get with the Tardis.

    Hi Pete, been a while since I put up a reply. Been busy busy since the Cairngorms in Feb. A Dartmoor wildcamp, that was a surprise due to big horizons and much hillier and higher than expected. Cycling again for the first time since the crash 4 years ago – I missed it I think but the bum was sore for a week! Cornish cliff scrambling and walking with my son. It’s been alright.

    Anyhoos. Dr Who was ace. The kids home was proper ‘spooky’, Amy still a right darling and the plot is set for the next few series I reckon. That was a Timelord kid for sure in that suit. Lovin it lovin it lovin it aye.

    Here’s to a good summer chap, hope both your ladies are well.

    I’m in for my cartilage on Monday, hope it turn out a little easier than Elaina’s. Firstly, four days in Wales, starting this evening.


  8. I liked the set-up I saw in Berlin at the supermarket, everyone paying for their goods at the tills, and right beyond the tills were massive containers for plastic/paper, and there everyone ripped all the excess packaging off and threw it straight in for recycling before packing their goods into bags. Handy and time-saving.

  9. Chewy, I’m working on all sorts of theories with that time lord girl, my current favourite is that it’s a young River Song, Amy Pond is her mother and Doctor Who is the dad…

    Looks like you’re keeping busy, I hope the knee goes smoothly and you’re back out there in the sunshine soon. Bikes soon here too :o)

    Tomas, I like the sound of that scheme, I’d love to see that somewhere near me.

  10. No way! That’s some theory I hadn’t thought of!!! Mad enough to make sense too!

    Some nice pics been put up whilst I was in Wales, looks like you had a good trip and nice to see the bike out too. Seconded an E1 5b route on Anglesey… a nice way to prepare for the op in the morning.

    *wanders off thinking ‘why didn’t I come up with that theory?’

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