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.

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Football Racket

[Expensive football at Tesco]EXPLOITATION. That’s all it is really.

With the summer apparently due any time now, I decided I would buy a football as a gift. Imagine my horror to see that footballs are for sale in my local Tesco supermarket at £20 each!

Yes! Twenty Pounds Sterling. Click on the picture to enlarge and see the price tag.

[More expensive balls at Tesco]This is unbelievable. I searched for cheaper footballs, and found some at £17.00 — three quid cheaper — why?

Most of the more expensive ones did not appear to have any branding or designer logos, and they weren’t made of leather or pigskin with an inner tube or anything fancy. Nope. these balls were straightforward plastic footballs with a valve — how can the price be justified?

Most of what you get for your money is air! Plastic and air for twenty quid! five balls for £100! Fifty balls for a grand. This is madness!

  • I really pity parents – especially single-parents; it must be so much more expensive to raise children nowadays compared with when I was growing up. We could buy a football with pocket money, but with a ball costing around £20.00, one has to ask how much pocket money do they get?

To be frank, I was expecting a football for boys to kick about the park to cost about a pound — maybe even as high as £3 or £4 for something branded or fancy in some way — but I was not prepared for the shock of £20.00! What a money-spinning racket!

Things are certainly getting worse! Needless to say, I didn’t bother buying that football — I would have had to pay it up in instalments!

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