Britain is no longer great, it’s bloody rubbish. Okay, I’ll narrow it down a bit, England is rubbish, absolutely full of it.
Firstly, while I’m “on one”, I am embarrassed by the bad and largely americanised spelling, greengrocer’s apostrophes, text speak, non existent punctuation and primary school grammar of the average Brit. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee became the Queens Diamond Jubilee. So we now have two Queens it appears. To make matters worse, the editor of the local paper also headlined with “Queens” without the apostrophe and the paper went out to 25,000 homes in north Sheffield. They were embarrassed and it didn’t go unnoticed, as the letters column the next week was to illustrate. My missus noticed it but as a graphic designer and a Dutch national, she assumed that the English editor or at least one of the other half dozen English people there, not least the supervisory or management would amend it before publication. It is the headline after all, in massive print. The bigger the font, the bigger the faux pas. Attention to detail is as dead as a dodo, also it seems when either cleaning the backs of tippers or securing a load as you will read below.
At least the paper went out in an orderly fashion, through letter boxes, unlike this lorry load I followed over the Woodhead Pass today. There were bits of plastic and paper flying out of the back all the way over the Pennines, the so called “last wilderness in England”. Ironically the lorry was a waste management company. Now we know how they manage it. They don’t bother tying down the canvas either tight enough or at all. As a result, there is a veritable paper trail from Manchester to wherever it ended up in the direction of the M1.
I hate with a passion, the total disregard for the countryside shown by almost everyone in the country. We really are a dirty country. I have little experience of travel but the parts of Australia, Holland, Germany, France, Italy and Ireland I’ve visited were all far far cleaner in every sense than most places I visit in England. I haven’t been to Naples or Marseilles which I believe are a bit rough, I’ve seen bad parts of Dublin and Brisbane, Köln and Amsterdam but there is litter almost everywhere in England. It might not look too bad at first sight but keep looking along the roads when you travel, there are papers and plastic bags at the sides of the roads all over England. Dirty. The driver of this lorry, harping back to my previous “name and shame” post, registration number BX05 GGU driving a Viridor Waste Management truck along the Woodhead Pass (A628) at approx. 3.15pm, wants sacking for not securing his load correctly, for dropping litter and for desecrating a National Park.
Nobody seems to care anymore, just drop your crisp packets, cigarette packets, newspapers on the floor, some other mug will clean it up, just like they cleaned your bedroom when you were a teenager. And that’s just it, nobody else will, so England is going to get dirtier and dirtier. The last image has nice green fields and hills but if you get out and walk ten metres along the roadside, you would almost fill that white Tesco bag that has escaped from the Viridor Waste Management lorry with the registration BX05 GGU.
I hate litter and I really hate the people who put it there.