Always read the label (with caution!)

I use Sainsbury’s cistern blocks in my toilet. Like others of their kind they appear to do very little, but they smell OK and, hell, they’re cheap enough. They’re also, apparently, edible.

Having dropped in the last block, I was about to bin the empty pack when I spotted the words “This product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans”. WTF?

I mean, really, in a world where dumbness seems to be spreading like a plague, is that wise? OK, I can understand the vegan thing – no animal products, not tested on animals – but why veggies? True, they may care about animal testing too, but not, probably, as vehemently as vegans, so the clear implication is that they’re edible. At least, anyway, for the hard of thinking.

There’s a good chance, sooner or later, that some dumb sod will try eating one, as people can be spectacularly dumb. Who can forget the woman who drove off with a scalding paper cup of McD’s coffee tucked between her thighs, with the inevitable consequences (and who, as a result, needed extensive plastic surgery – the coffee was insanely hot)?

How much responsibility, I wonder, would Sainsbury’s accept if a young veggie (but old enough to read, natch), sucked on one of these and expired messily, but sparkling clean? The words “Suitable for vegetarians” have a well-established meaning – suitable for vegetarians to eat.

Just a thought…



Remembering the past…

This is the story of Armitage Street Junior School, Ardwick, Manchester, a baleful, psycho child called Irene Proctor who, in all probability, grew into a bunny-boiler psycho adult, and our teacher, Miss Gilchrist, in the summer of 1950. Oh, and me.

Miss Gilchrist, I suppose, was a babe, being quite pretty and very  much Continue reading

Formula 1 noodlings…

Well, if this F1 season has shown anything, it’s shown that Frank Williams royally screwed Button when he dumped him in favour of the brilliant but problematic Montoya, forcing Button’s career into the doldrums for 8 years.

It’s looking, this year – diffuser hassles aside – that with a competitive car under him, Button has the potential to be the equal of anyone currently out there, including Hamilton (who is displaying a remarkable lack of loyalty to the team that made him a world champion and, OK, screwed up his first-season campaign, though he, too wasn’t without Continue reading

Smile, darn you, smile…

A Guardian journalist has put forward the idea that, because she actually saw a catwalk model smile, we all need to smile more and that, hey, wouldn’t it be great if the government got behind the idea! Well, no, it bloody wouldn’t, though it is the sort of dingbat idea they’d be likely to go for. Don’t encourage the buggers!

A smile is a response to a certain situation or stimulus, and random smiling is widely regarded as strange (unless you’re in the service industry – though it doesn’t apply in my local!). A normal person does not Continue reading