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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.
"I kind of felt like no good deed goes unpunished," he said
What good deed? He tossed plastic into the ocean, and left a return address. I know people in cities that will hunt you down and make you pay if you dump litter with your address inside.
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I know people in cities that will hunt you down and make you pay if you dump litter with your address inside.
Let's imagine instead that the Brit had been overjoyed, and the news article equally widespread, but with a positive message. Over the ensuing months, in pursuit of equal fame, many others also start tossing plastic bottles into the sea, but not limited to five (they want be on TV, galldarnit!) It starts looking less like romance, and more like a whole heap of trash floating around.
I'm with the cranky Brit on this one ;-)
I am a Brit that couldnt wait to get away from ol' Blighty because of stuffy old gits like "Bigglesworth of Bournemouth".
Brilliant :-) All the cctv units creep me out, actually. But don't make it a "frying pan into the fire" shift of locales (from an old empire to an almost-old empire). Choose your landing spot carefully.
You know I bet this moaner wasnt a British empire fan, Id place money on him being a new labour trendy.
no good deed goes unpunished
Perhaps the good deed is that a sea turtle did not eat his plastic bottle, choke, and die during it's trip across the Atlantic, unlike the four other bottles he released into the environment which, very likely, did kill sea turtles. Gee, what a hero.
The romanticism of this sort of thing only works if you ignore the details.
I'm with Bigglesworth on this one. Next time you read a Nicholas Sparks book, keep it to yourself.
unlike the four other bottles he released into the environment which, very likely, did kill sea turtles.
That's going a little far... and how do you know they didn't kill something else?
I can't even fathom the amount of garbage and everything else dumped at sea. I view throwing bottles into the sea as littering too.
What if I put a note in my garbage bag, throw it in the ocean, and hope it floats long enough or far enough for someone to find it? Anyone like that idea?
I'll make exceptions for someone stranded on an island.
... unlike the four other bottles he released into the environment
If that was all that he so "romantically" released I might remotely understand ... but there is this:
Bennett, 55, a self-confessed serial message-in-a-bottle sender, told the newspaper it was the first time he had ever received an angry response.
stuffy old gits like "Bigglesworth of Bournemouth"
English folks will know what I am referring to when I quote:
I don't believe it!