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Make-do-and-mend: is it a thing of the past?


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#41 Saint Billinge

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:39 PM

Re recycling:

We try our best, but in the winter (and our most recent summer for that matter) I have ended up chucking all the cardboard etc in the bin as our council don't collect it as a separate recyclable item and if we try and save it to take to the tip for recycling it ends up a soggy smelly mess which I don't really want mucking my car up.


We are allowed to put our cardboard in the green bin with garden waste. There is a pink bag for plastic, blue for papers and a plastic box for bottles and cans. Other rubbish goes in the brown bin. Over in Wigan, I think they have five wheelie bins.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:45 PM

Over in Wigan, I think they have five wheelie bins.


That's not a lot for a town the size of Wigan. Maybe there's not a lot of waste there. ;)

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 03:51 PM

Over in Wigan, I think they have five wheelie bins.


That's nothing - in Twickenham, they can fill an 80,000 seater stadium with complete garbage several times a year. :P

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:04 PM

That's not a lot for a town the size of Wigan. Maybe there's not a lot of waste there. ;)


But many wasters! :rolleyes: Better not tell my Wigan relatives!

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:21 PM

We are allowed to put our cardboard in the green bin with garden waste. There is a pink bag for plastic, blue for papers and a plastic box for bottles and cans. Other rubbish goes in the brown bin. Over in Wigan, I think they have five wheelie bins.


We just get a green box for bottles & cans and a blue bag for paper. So the cardboard and plastic is down to us to sort out ourselves/chuck in the bin.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 04:31 PM

You can tell the oldies on here when they reminisce about finding bikes left in a skip, nowadays if it isn't bolted down (actually, no that doesn't matter) then it's probably being "transited" away by jolly nice fellows who did it without even needing to be asked.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:02 PM

You can tell the oldies on here when they reminisce about finding bikes left in a skip, nowadays if it isn't bolted down (actually, no that doesn't matter) then it's probably being "transited" away by jolly nice fellows who did it without even needing to be asked.


I found that bike less than 10 years ago, BTW.

Mind you, in some areas, if you need to get rid of anything metal and can't be bothered to go to the dump, leaving it outside will mean it disappears within the half hour. Quite convenient, last time our business moved premises and we needed to get rid of a load of old filing cabinets.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:10 PM

I found that bike less than 10 years ago, BTW.

Mind you, in some areas, if you need to get rid of anything metal and can't be bothered to go to the dump, leaving it outside will mean it disappears within the half hour. Quite convenient, last time our business moved premises and we needed to get rid of a load of old filing cabinets.


Correct. I left a gas fire that was unrepairable outside the house and it was gone inside 10 minutes.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:10 PM

Bury council have furnished us with wheelie bins for garden and food, cardboard and glass and plastic recycling in addition to general waste. The recycling bins are collected once a month and the normal bin every two weeks.
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:47 AM

Back in the early 20th century, Winston Churchill spoke of tackling poverty, Today, politicians, church leaders and charities still highlight the need to tackle poverty. You can listen to debates and arguments on and on, but is it really as serious as it's said? Do you know anyone people living in poverty? I know people who are struggling but do get by.

Speaking of the fifties/sixties, did anyone play matchbox rugby? Such a simple game but endless hours of enjoyment.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:41 AM

Back in the early 20th century, Winston Churchill spoke of tackling poverty, Today, politicians, church leaders and charities still highlight the need to tackle poverty. You can listen to debates and arguments on and on, but is it really as serious as it's said? Do you know anyone people living in poverty? I know people who are struggling but do get by.

Speaking of the fifties/sixties, did anyone play matchbox rugby? Such a simple game but endless hours of enjoyment.


Child poverty is classified by the government as being in a household where the income is less than 60% of average wages. By that simple means of analysis, it could never be eliminated, unless everyone has exactly the same income. -_-

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 09:54 AM

Back in the early 20th century, Winston Churchill spoke of tackling poverty, Today, politicians, church leaders and charities still highlight the need to tackle poverty. You can listen to debates and arguments on and on, but is it really as serious as it's said? Do you know anyone people living in poverty? I know people who are struggling but do get by.

Speaking of the fifties/sixties, did anyone play matchbox rugby? Such a simple game but endless hours of enjoyment.


Yes, people still live in poverty, particularly those who have worked in low paid jobs and then experience illness, physical, or mental. Many children still live in poverty as their parents are in the low wage economy, are made redundant etc. There are also those who have parents who are ill, or who have acquired a disability, and those who have parents with alcohol and drug problems, who will experience poverty. Some of those are the same old problems of course.

As we all know though, it is not an absolute concept and our idea of what constitutes material poverty changes with time.

Yes, I played lots of matchbox rugby when I was a kid, as we were lucky enough to have a dining table and a matchbox of course. Great fun. We also played indoor rugby with cushions and broke a few windows with our heads, arms etc doing so.

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:05 AM

Yes, people still live in poverty, particularly those who have worked in low paid jobs and then experience illness, physical, or mental. Many children still live in poverty as their parents are in the low wage economy, are made redundant etc. There are also those who have parents who are ill, or who have acquired a disability, and those who have parents with alcohol and drug problems, who will experience poverty. Some of those are the same old problems of course.

As we all know though, it is not an absolute concept and our idea of what constitutes material poverty changes with time.

Yes, I played lots of matchbox rugby when I was a kid, as we were lucky enough to have a dining table and a matchbox of course. Great fun. We also played indoor rugby with cushions and broke a few windows with our heads, arms etc doing so.


I needed to be very quiet when playing indoors lest I disturbed my grandad who quite often snoozed off.




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