Inspiration regarding what to write about this week leapt out of my TV and into my lap, almost making me spill my Charles and Diana’s Wedding souvenir mug of Leek & Potato soup, as I watched a show made by ITV One Wales – as HTV was re-branded some years ago.
Before that it was TWW. Oops! I’ve just taken a diversion down memory lane. I’ll do a u-turn back to 2017.
The ITV One Wales show recycled archive footage of events in Wales we’ve seen many times before, including film of the notorious “Winter of Discontent” – not to be confused with my local camping outlet’s January sale, advertised as the “Winter of Discount Tents”.
During that 1978/79 winter, mountains of uncollected rubbish bags covered our pavements, broke open and spilled into our streets.
As someone who loathes litter and the bone-idle people who drop it, it was a disturbing sight.
Co-incidentally, the following morning I noticed a pile of empty crisp packets and fizzy drink cans had collected in the gutter outside my front door…again!
So I collected it up, ready to recycle later…again!
Later, as I walked around town, I noticed lots of cans, bottles, empty plastic bags and polystyrene take-away cartons on the pavement outside shops – and even outside a bank!
There was a time when shopkeepers took pride in their premises and swept the pavement outside several times a day – or washed it down with hot soapy water if necessary.
Although picking up litter (probably dropped by their own customers) would only take a minute, many of today’s shop proprietors are content to leave an unsightly mess right outside their front entrance.
If they can’t be bothered to clean up the rubbish outside their shop fronts, I can’t be bothered to wade through it to give them my custom.