Litter Bugs – we start ’em young ! April 15, 2010Posted by Rambling Man in Ireland & the Irish.
Tags: environmental attitudes, littering
We start ’em young in this country, that’s for sure. And we care little, that’s plainly obvious too !
The local park on a sunny day – tons of walkers, kids, cyclists – lovely !
I speak of a chap – he was 14 or so – who can only be described as a right little scrote ! School uniform clad and munching some generic sandwich, he and his mate strolling along; he picks the paper off the sandwich and fires it without looking right over his head onto the ground.
This galls me and pushes all the right buttons – soon I have the paper in my hand and catch up to him ..
“Eh you dropped this !” says I, holding up the paper.
“No, I didn’t !” says he, sheepishly.
“Yes you f*cking well did” says I “I was 3 yards behind you! Now please put it in that bin over there!”
He refuses to take the paper back from me and mumbles something I’m sure only his mate and several near extinct species of pond scum can understand …
So I roll up the paper into a ball and push it right into the sandwich box that he’s holding …
“Put it in the bin NOW !” says I “Or I’ll report you to the council and to your school!” At this point I walked on … “F*ck sake” he mumbles after me.
I turned around in about 10 seconds and he was waiting with a defiant grin he can only have learned from his elders – he throws the paper on the ground again, this time along with the rest of his lunch, and gives me the bird.
14 or 15 years old – in a respectable school – a bin 10 yards in from of him. What to do in such cases ? Report him ? Clatter him ! Fine him ?
Modern Ireland, ladies and gentlemen ! Who gives a rat’s arse ?
These city walls … October 5, 2007Posted by Rambling Man in Ireland & the Irish.
Tags: environmental attitudes, litter, waterford
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I take a keen interest in all things historic but mainly in the history and buildings of my own native area – the South East. Ours is a landscape littered with castles, ruins, abbeys and city walls, stretching the imagination back to earlier times … the great wonderment for me in all these relics is their longevity and the images that they conjure in my over active mind as to their purpose and everyday usage way back when …
Waterford has some great buildings still standing, not the least of which is Reginald’s Tower, which if you are ever in the area, is well worth spending a few hours at. There are also some great examples of the city’s walls still standing … but my reason for this post is this : I cannot understand how people don’t appreciate them more. The Council and other interested groups can only do so much but what can you say when you walk past a huge, imposing and truly ancient city battlement site and see this …
The last picture is of the end of the city wall and just shows the amount of the structure still in place … but I was horrified firstly by the amount of rubbish – and not just rubbish one could just drop – you would’ve had to plan it as a place to dump. Blankets, old chairs, bags of rubbish, rotten old coats, boxes of lollipops (!?) and of course dozens and dozens of empty beer cans – the makers of Dutch Gold make a fortune advertising on side of the Irish road. Secondly, I was worried by the lack of bins – none, zero, zilch, F all ! So where does Paddy the Irishman drop the stuff when there are no bins ? – at the base of the most historic city walls in the south east and let’s burn the seating bench while we’re at it.
Many’s a man could’ve been hanged from those city walls in times past and tis high time we started to crack down on disgusting litter now too ! It should no longer be socially acceptable to litter the place … imagine the impression our cities and towns make on tourists ?