Frays tipping, face lifting and Kyoto protocols
WALKING by the River Frays I saw a supermarket trolley lurking in the water. A second cart was perched on dry land, presumably waiting to be tipped in the river or taken back to Tesco. Ironically, it was now serving as a bin.
Half full of rubbish, it had clearly been used by people keen not to allow the area to be polluted by tissues, crisp packets, coke cans, and other unsavoury objects.
If only the idiots who abandon trollies on river banks or shove them in the water felt the same way and would stop littering our rivers.
Who are these trolley thieves? You never see anyone wheeling trollies in the direction of the river, or hear one splashing into the water. Are there gremlins who only operate after dark? Talk about going to hell in a handcart.
I cheered up when I reached Uxbridge Library and discovered they were having a sale of old stock. Rooting through a huge variety of hard covers and paperbacks, I chose a Stephen King blockbuster for *FJ, and couple of books on photography for *SiL. For myself I picked Deborah Moggach’s In the Dark, set in WW1.
She is the author of the book that inspired the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films where a collection of oldies, including national treasures Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, experimented with living in India.
The scripts were written by Ol Parker, who has also been appointed as scriptwriter/director for Finding Tipperary Mary, the book I worked on with author Phyllis Whitsell. Films are a long and complicated business… but fingers crossed it will all come to fruition!
Last month Mr F and I watched the Marigold Hotel spin-off programmes on TV; this time the oldies visited the USA and Japan.
You may be relieved – or disappointed – to hear that Mr F and I will not be heading for any of these countries to spend our dotage. Having no desire to have ten facelifts I don’t think I’d qualify for the American community in Florida. I would enjoy Kyoto in Japan for its many vegetarianfriendly restaurants but Mr F would miss his animal-based dishes, and I think we’d both soon get very tired of bowing.
Anyway we’d miss England for its cold winters and trolley littered rivers. No seriously we would. It’s home. *FJ=Fisher Junior SiL = Son in Law
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