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Cranky Brits to Romantic Americans: Shove It

Message in a bottle returned to sender.



9:14 pm on Feb 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"I recently found your bottle while taking a scenic walk on the beach by Poole Harbour," read the letter, which was signed by one Henry Bigglesworth of Bournemouth on the south coast of Britain.

"While you may consider this some profound experiment on the path and speed of oceanic currents, I have another name for it: litter," the letter said.

The title of this thread is meant to be humo(u)rous, nothing more.


4:51 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Ok, this is entirely my opinion...

I think everyone in this world needs to learn to keep things in better perspective.
Is littering wrong? Well the obvious answer is yes, BUT...

Everyone who has their garters all tied up in knots about this single civilian "dumping" plastic bottles in the ocean with letters in them, should get a grip.

Spending such energy on such a tiny point is... pointless. To reuse an analogy I once heard, attacking this guy for littering it much like treating a blister on the foot of a terminally ill cancer patient.

If any of you are seriously against the pollution, your time will be better spent targeting something like cruise lines (http://www.surfrider.org/a-z/cruise.asp). I'm sure that you are all aware that every cruise ship saves it's garbage until it reaches international waters and then dumps it all. You couldn't fathom the amout of garbage they dump.

So in my opinion, though I do classify his actions as mildly inappropriate, I feel that he is more a romantic and less a criminal.

Even if he dropped 50 bottles a day into the ocean, until his last living day, he will not have pulluted as much as one cruise ship, on one cruise.

Oh, and by the way, I only chose cruise ships at random. I have no particular beef with cruise lines. I could have chosen a dozen things to use as examples. My primary point is that though this guys actions may be "wrong", they are minute when put beside the real pollution offenders. Pick your battles more wisely. This isn't even a skirmish.



6:00 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

i'm with biggles.

the guy was deliberatley dumping rubbish and needed a reminder of 21st century acceptable beahviour.


8:41 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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the guy was deliberatley dumping rubbish and needed a reminder of 21st century acceptable beahviour.

Hmm. What a shame that good spelling is 20th Century good behaviour. But then again, I'm just a "Cranky Old Brit".


9:18 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)



10:45 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Definition for: 21st Century

The period of time from January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2100.

Though I can't imagine that it differs much from the latter bit of the 20th Century...


11:04 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Maybe I'm reading between the lines but to me, whether deliberate or not, it reads correctly as 20th century...

Good grammar and spelling is a thing of the past!
It's certainly not a 21st century priority. ;)


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