Cowart's Common Room
Litter Lark

A continuance of warm sunshine - the settled weather that you could associate with Edwardian summer holidays: not too hot and everything green and lush. Yesterday after my French class I walked up to the Bastion - the mini castle at the corner of the Town Walls that partly enclose Old Hall Gardens - to see how our Charter Trust project to demolish the old and ugly cattlesheds was coming along. And what a transformation - a sudden eruption of acres of level and empty space and now surfaced smooth. The Walls themselves, with their battlements, are now visible for the first time in 50 years so it looks as though we are protecting some medieval city, which I suppose we are.

But knocking down the Cattlesheds means that the young have nowhere to go for their nefarious and undesirable nighttime activities. Some went to the Bastion for there was a litter there yesterday of a dozen beer cans, cigarette packets and possibly other detritus in the grass. And yet there is a bin within 25 yards. How can we teach the young to respect property and take their litter home? And these youths do not live in some poor derelict and deprived area. They live in one of the smartest and most affluent towns in Wales. What is more this is a British phenomenon - it simply doesn't happen in Europe. I believe this casual attitude to elementary wrong doing - ignoring minor crime - is simply storing up trouble that later ruins the lives of perpetrators as much as their victims. So what can we do? I took as much rubbish as I could carry to the litter bin, but this isn't a solution.

Answers on a postcard - but have a good day and enjoy the sunshine.Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 22nd May 2019 - 08:10AM   Posted by Fennie   Litter Lark Comments: 7

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Withy Brook's Avatar I’m afraid you get an empty card from me. The current trouble is that their parents are as bad as they are, so what hope is there for them?

Posted by: Withy Brook on 22nd May 2019 at 08:46AM

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Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie, Withy and everyone,

I think some parents set bad examples leaving their children to act in just the same way sadly.

On another note why do the ship/tankers keep throwing out huge amounts of Palm Oil into the sea when there is a legal clause in place not to do it. Since last Saturday it has been noted by us locals that there is such huge large amounts of it washed up onto our beach here and all along the North Norfolk coastline too. Some folk have been meeting at the Dunes Cafe with big bags to help clear some of it up but still it keeps getting washed up. Palm Oil is very toxic and dangerous to dogs if they eat it they will die of which some dogs have been reported this happened only last year too. Dog walkers are having to keep their dogs on the lead at the moment and some folk have decided not to even take their dogs at all on the beach at the moment and I am one of them. We shall stick to the dunes for the time being.

Sorry I have not been around lately, stress load and also the laptop has been playing up but all seems fine today thank goodness.

Lovely bright sunny day here with a cloudless blue sky although a bit of a chill in the breeze being nearer the coast.

Sinuses quite bad today and I have an aching tooth but I will survive.!

Have a good day everyone.Very Happy

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Posted by: Camilla on 22nd May 2019 at 10:19AM

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Camilla's Avatar 'On Saturday he ate through one piece
of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone,
one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one
slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of
cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and
one slice of watermelon'.

- Eric Clarke. The Hungry CaterpillarVery Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 22nd May 2019 at 10:22AM

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Camilla's Avatar How's the old French doing Fennie? are you on the advanced course?

Posted by: Camilla on 22nd May 2019 at 10:24AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Even affluent parents don't teach their children to pick up after themselves - in fact probably more so.Rolling Eyes
I've seen many impeccable poor households and just as many untidy (and unclean) privileged ones.
The area across the firth from us is one of the most underprivileged estates in Inverness - the kids there regularly help with a beach clean once a month. Over in our affluent village the Ranger is lucky to get a couple of adults turn out for his biannual one. Confused

I have a theory that these things (unruly/surly teenagers, lack of respect for elders/environment etc) come in cycles.
Two lines of generations skewed by about 14 years, one line has parents brought up during the WW2 and grandparents brought up in WW1, they learned to go without and make do and mend, they were brought up when times were hard and instilled the same ethos into their children and grandchildren.
The other line was brought up in the in-between times of affluence and peace and in consequence were not taught to have so much respect for people or property as life was not so tough.

We've all been teenagers, I had my fair share of sitting on the beach making a bonfire and drinking with friends - but we tidied up afterwards and left nothing behind as did our kids, most of my friends children are in their mid 20s now. Unfortunately that means we are in a period where they don't, they leave everything at their backside and don't give a stuff.
It will come around again, the younger tween-agers are much more environmentally aware.

There are always exceptions in any generation but they usually stick out like a sore thumb, often bullied for being a goody two shoes or shunned for being a bad influence depending on which line they belong to.
I'm afraid I would have to send you a blank postcard too though Fennie, I have a theory but no answer.Confused

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 22nd May 2019 at 10:48AM

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Inthemud's Avatar It must be poor parenting, not role modelling respect for others and the environment.
I live on a country road and the number of persons who just chuck their litter out of the car is appalling. We pick up waste from take aways and Red Bull and Cocoa cola cans on a daily basis.
Disgusting behaviour

Posted by: Inthemud on 23rd May 2019 at 06:15AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Of course if Mummy has picked up everything for her little Prince or Princess since they were tiny and is still doing so 15 or 20 years later they are never going to learn to do anything for themselves... sadly neither does Daddy in many cases as Wife takes over from his Mummy and picks up after him too.
Fennie and some of our other halves seem to be the exceptions to a rule that should have died out decades ago.Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 23rd May 2019 at 12:53PM

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