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 Hardly the most appropriate competition to be running at this time – spotted this afternoon  in Sainsbury’s, South Molton!

It’s a shame they can’t change the promotion so that for the sale of each of those items Sainsburys and/or Cadbury were to donate 5p to the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund.


E-mail to my MP

This is the text of an email I sent to my MP earlier today:

Dear Mr Heaton-Jones,

What the Prime Minister is doing in proroguing parliament is absolutely outrageous and an affront to democracy.

This is a very sad day for the United Kingdom when parliament is being subjugated by one person and his (unelected) advisers.

Any pride I had in my country has been swallowed by shame that the system allowed such an egregious liar to become Prime Minister.

The Conservative Party is making a mockery of democracy and you can be assured that it will never again receive a vote from me.

Yours sincerely,

Marc Cornelius

Social Conscience?

Boots in South Molton (along with Boots pharmacies elsewhere) have taken to packaging prescriptions made up in a different Boots location in plastic rather than paper bags. I’m not sure how this fits in with the company’s philosophy which is:

” Walgreens Boots Alliance is proud to be a force for good . .  .  to care for people and the planet through numerous social responsibility and sustainability initiatives that have an impact on the health and wellbeing of millions of people.”

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the American parent company of Boots. 


I wonder whether this happened upstream or downstream of the Sewage Works?

EDIT: It seems the incident was caused by anaerobic digestate  getting into the River Mole a few kilometres upstream of the sewage works.  It appears (according to unconfirmed reports) that heavy rain caused a tank containing the digestate to overflow and this, allied with low water levels in the river, killed the fish. If the water levels had been higher the spill would have been far more diluted and thus caused less harm. 

At Last!

Here at last! The ATM machine is in place, the CCTV has been installed and now it’s just a question of testing it and filling it with money! So hopefully in a week or two it will be fully operational.

Think Sink

Think Sink is the second strand of South West Water’s campaign to minimise blocked sewers.

You’ll doubtless remember the giant 64m long fatberg which was recently found blocking a sewer in Sidmouth. This was dwarfed by the massive 250m long fatberg weighing 130 tonnes found in east London in 2017.

Fatbergs form when people put things such as fat, wet wipes, sanitary towels, nappies and condoms, down sinks and toilets.

In essence don’t put fat, grease, or oil down sinks, or anything other than the three Ps (pee, poo, paper) down toilets.

Think Sink