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Coughs & Sneezes Spread Diseases

May 6, 2009

Have you noticed how, everywhere you go, people are more aware of germs and how they are spread, since this swine flu started to spread.  I noticed the posters that have gone up at work informing us that ‘coughs and sneezes spread diseases’.  Just like the war-time poster…coughsneezes

And have you also noticed that in a bid to encourage people to save money (and the planet…!!!) that other war-time quotes seem to be making a come-back….like Make Do & Mend….



and Dig For Victory….digVictory_item025

For far too long we have become used to throwing things away when they have worn out or broken, that it is now time to think about the things we spend our money on.  It’s also time for manufacturers to design and make commodities that will last, and that can be repaired, rather than thrown away and new ones bought.

I’m afraid that this will never be, as technology is moving on at such a pace that people these days just have to have the latest this, that or the other….! 

But are people beginning to think about simpler times?  Before DVDs, computers, mobile phones and MP3 players…?  Is the current economic climate going to have an effect on how we view our stressful lives…?

I wonder…….! 


12 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike permalink
    May 6, 2009 11:27 pm

    Maybe only temporarily Sandi, once things return to anything like normal then the vast majority will return to their wasteful ways! xxx

  2. Sandi permalink
    May 6, 2009 11:50 pm

    I believe that the credit crunch will have an effect on quite a lot of people as far as making things last and not spending unneccessarily…but I\’m afraid that as far as technology goes, people will always want the latest and best…even though they can\’t afford it…!!!

  3. Bran permalink
    May 7, 2009 12:18 am

    If I can fix it, I do, if not I recycle it into something new!Lavinia\’s last washing machine lasted, through my repairs for something like 20 years, when it died the stainless drum became a composter the copper coil became bits of some artworks the glass door became a bowl and the belt drive became the stand for a fire bowl. The rest went for scrap; better than ending up in landfill. Trouble is very little now can be repaired, for instance remember how you used to be able to replace elements on kettles and some electric kettles lasted a lifetime, now your lucky if they last a couple of years —– people need to learn that to have new things all the time rather than sticking with old but perfectly serviceable things damaged the planet as well as their pocket. Green rant over now!

  4. LABW permalink
    May 7, 2009 12:25 am

    But it\’s perhaps it one of those things we take for granted…at school I always seemed to be flannels..I mentioned my daughter..23 yrs..going on 65…\’aint got a scube about knitting..or sewing…but moi…can still knit a row..pearl a row…get me..wooo hooo…nows the time to get your tatters in..( for the autumn )FHNFAP LABW LABW xXx

  5. Princess permalink
    May 7, 2009 6:21 am

    Yo Sandi, Good Morning! Interesting pics! I like the top one! The surely everyone knows that & it\’s common sense?! Hard 2 believe that it has 2b reiterated in poster forms! We do indeed live in a throw out society. My son\’s change their mobs about every 6months…I am using the same on that I have had for 6 years! Hope u have a lovely day 2day,sun\’s out here already(6.20am)hpefully will be a nice day! Luv PF XXX

  6. Poppy permalink
    May 7, 2009 8:08 am

    Its a sad fact that many times it is cheaper to replace stuff than to repair it, its a sign of how bad our society is! I tried to get the flatscreen monitor repaired last week only to be told that its so expensive to get the parts (if you an get them at all) so its easier to go and buy a new one! Oh and I do wish they would ditch all the packaging on food, I know some is neccesary but its all got out of hand 😦 Have a good Thursday xxx

  7. Cornish permalink
    May 7, 2009 8:38 am

    I love watching the faces of people around whenever I sneeze. I have a touch of hayfever at the moment and am sneezing more than normal let\’s say. We\’re still on the same tv we\’ve had for years. It\’s been repaired once or twice now but still going and won\’t throw it out until it can\’t be repaired. I may spend a bit more money than necessary on items sometimes but they\’ve been proven to last longer than most. I recycle whatever I can too. Our neighbours drive me nuts though. They walk past their washing line to get to their dryer, even on the best of days!!! They put out three or four bags or rubbish each week to our one and there\’s only the two of them in the house now. Not to mention a plug in air freshner in every room and the heating on all the time. Grrrrrr! I\’m a good girl. Don\’t go worrying today, you\’ll be fine. xx

  8. Sandi permalink
    May 7, 2009 10:23 am

    Our washing machine gets repaired when something goes wrong…last time there was a horrible burning smell so Robert looked at it. All it was was a connector that had come loose…simples! Otherwise, we know a man who can…repair , that is…!I know what you mean about putting out one bag of rubbish, Rachel…ours is one carrier bag (bio-degradable) per week…the rest goes into the re-cycle bin. Other people seem to throw away mountains of rubbish….probably not bothering to re-cycle! There is no excuse here, as we have big dumpsters in the yards and carpark!!There you are, then, Bran…we\’ll save our copper for you, and bring it down when we are out West next….as they say \’one man\’s rubbish is another man\’s treasure\’…!! When our toilet was replaced, I kept the cistern…and it\’s now got plants in!! Actually, the drum of the washing machine will make a nice planter…it\’s already got drainage!You have surprised me, too, Chris….I didn\’t know you could knit! There\’s another re-cycling tip…old woollies can be unravelled and re-used! I was also thinking of growing spuds…in the old black re-cycle boxes!PF…I have got Robert\’s old phone that is a few years old now…I prefer to stick with it until it dies rather than get a new one!Packaging on food is something that people are becoming aware of, Poppy…though the curries we bought in Asda or Tesco, while we were in Trowbridge had more than was necessary…something we commented on!!I still have a booklet from a TV series of several years ago…it was called Scrimpers. Anyone remember it…?!

  9. Sandi permalink
    May 7, 2009 5:59 pm

    Scrimpers…anyone…? I\’ll take that as a \’no\’ then…?!!

  10. Princess permalink
    May 7, 2009 7:14 pm

    Scrimpers? Nope! Rings no bells this end! Soz!

  11. Sandi permalink
    May 7, 2009 7:20 pm

    The Scrimpers was a Channel Four prog that aired in 1994. The presenters, Ray Brooks and Rick Ball, wanted to find out if scrimping had ever been off the agenda in this country….\’Whether scrimping is the habit of a life-time or a response to current circumstances, or a simple idiosyncrasy, it is alive and well, and being practiced not just by the older generation (who learned it in wartime) but by everybody.\’

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