Archive for February, 2008

Good evening,

Tonight, whilst enjoying my usual Friday night beer and curry at home with my wife, and in an idle moment, I happened to read the label on my usual bottle of Abbot Ale. Not something that I usually do since I’m usually paying more attention to savouring its contents.

However, read the label I did, and I was disappointed to read a rather patronising instruction. The small print on the back says: “Please take as much care enjoying our drinks as we do brewing them”, and then in bolder font: ‘Drink Sensibly’ – both words with an initial capital, (why?).

If this is some attempt at political correctness and a desire to be seen as socially responsible, then please drop it. I do not want anyone, and that includes government and manufacturers, to tell me what to do: least of all when it comes to advice about food and drink.If this is some mistaken attempt to get at those who have problems with responsible drinking, – and we all know who we’re talking about here, then please consider this. Those sorts of people are not I suggest the sort who buy Abbot ale, least of all to partake in the comfort of their own home. Such a warning is completely lost to them and just hacks off people like me.

Please review your policy on labeling and let me know whether you will drop this rather silly instruction. Yours etc.,


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On the train from Manchester to Liverpool the other morning, I was sitting opposite two young girls, probably in their mid twenties. They were wearing similar clothing, and in particular the same sort of headgear. 

Nothing surprising in that you might think, except that embroidered across the front of the hats were the words, “It’s none of your f****ing business”, in a quite readable and noticeable size. And I’ve asterisked that word which was spelt out in full. 

Well I’m sorry, it is my business. It becomes my business because it coarsens the society in which we all have to rub along with each other. I’m at a complete loss to understand why anyone would would want to walk around with such an aggressive label on their head.  It was bad enough that it was two young girls. What seemed to make it even worse was that they were clearly part of the influx of new immigrants from Eastern Europe. It’s bad enough having our own citizens who stoop to this sort of thing, but it seems even more inappropriate that it should be guests in the country who were doing this. 

Am I being unduly sensitive and intolerant, or does anyone else think as I do? 

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