Tough Baby Change

WE ALL KNOW GLASGOW IS TOUGH.

The city used to have a reputation for gang violence, and in recent times has been known as the “Murder Capital of Europe” due to knife crime.

[Picture of notices in Baby Change, Glasgow]Nevertheless, I was somewhat surprised to see notices in the baby changing area of a local supermarket’s toilet. Please click on the image to enlarge.

The first one that caught my eye was the notice headed, “Knife and Stab Wounds”.  I thought: how inappropriate above a baby change table in an accessible toilet! Things are getting worse indeed when such notices are so clearly remind us of where we are and how we live.

They seem to be expecting trouble at this store.  Good grief! This, by the way, is the same supermarket that employs “Antisocial Lighting” in the Ladies.

Ouch, Ook, Heck

[Picture of Breast Cancer poster]I WAS CONFUSED BY A WOMEN’S HEALTH POSTER I SAW RECENTLY.

I think it was supposed to be a play on the phrase, Tender Loving Care, often abbreviated to TLC.

The poster designers then changed it to read, Touch, Look, Check as a way to remember how to check breasts for lumps. However, due to the choice of font and the colour scheme, what stood out was “Ouch, Ook, Heck” — which, strangely, may be more realistic than the designers intended.

Free From Foods

[Picture of supermarket sign]IN MY LOCAL SUPERMARKET, A SIGN GRABBED MY ATTENTION.

It stated

“World Foods
Free From
Pasta”

Now, I am not sure it meant to read as “World foods free from pasta”, especially as there was a lot of pasta stocked there, it was the fact that — in this massive supermarket — there was a small allocated space for “World Foods”.  I was amazed by that as I assumed that their fruit and veg had been transported from the four corners of the known world, and that the entire enterprise was as far from “local” as you might imagine.

I was equally struck by the need to have a space allocated for foods that have ingredients OMITTED.  “Free From” is a food category! Have we taken leave of our senses? Things are getting worse when the reason you buy food is because it doesn’t contain something!

Note that the slimming diet foods and drinks were not included here, but then, they are seldom free from fat or sugar, they just have less than the “normal” versions.

Dress Decode

LIVE AND LET LIVE USED TO BE ONE OF MY MANTRAS, BUT NOT NOW.

I confess that I [Picture of Rude T Shirt for sale]have become less tolerant of intolerance through old age, and I find that I am becoming impolite to people who are impolite. How can I be considerate of people, when they are inconsiderate and selfish?

The worry is that I become impolite, intolerant and inconsiderate — just like them, and we all have lowered the bar and reached a new low point, a cruder common denominator, and then things will have got worse.

My only hope is that my interventions may, somehow, make things better.

I cannot see any alternative, so I will continue into my advanced years to address this matter — and I recommend and encourage everyone to do the same.

So when I hear people on mobile phones in the children’s playground, swearing and shouting, I will ask them to stop.  When I hear teenagers swearing and talking in Macdonald’s, where there are toddlers in earshot, I feel I have to say something; a stand has to be made.

However, my big problem is about clothes.

How does one address the problem of inappropriate clothing?  I see Dads collecting children from nurseries and schools, and their tee-shorts have rude and crude messages (and images) on them! It was bad enough with FCUK and seeing the tops of their underpants, thong things or buttock cleavage, but it definitely seems to be getting worse.

The only thing I can think of is ot complain to the manager of shops that sell items that ought not to be worn casually in public; we have to make a stand.

Bad for Baby

[Woman worried about baby while smoking]I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL AND JUST HAD TO SHARE HERE THE  SCANNED NEWSPAPER CLIPPING FROM 2004 THAT WAS ATTACHED.

It’s from the Roanoke Times, and is captioned:

“Mellissa Williamson, 35, a Bullit Avenue resident, worries about the

effect on her unborn child from the sound of jackhammers”

Please double click on the picture to enlarge. The thing that immediately captures us in this country today is the fact that she has been snapped outside, in full pregnant profile, having a smoke of a cigarette.  Is she going outside to smoke? The road seems busy too; that looks like a busy junction — that would be a worry too.  Then there’re all the big cables swinging about above her head — ought she to start worrying about them?  The look like electricity cables.  I don’t give her child much chance of survival in that environment.

That’s only six years ago, but even so, back then we knew what would happen if this picture was published here — there would be an outcry against the mother-to-be for smoking.  Clearly, in this case, the picture is supposed to garner sympathy for the poor woman.

Maybe things are not getting worse, when compared with foreign parts, we can often come out being better.

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