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Possibly the most soulless press release of ALL TIME

I offer you this little 'gem' from Gwynedd Council, or Cyngor Gwynedd as it also likes to be called:

"With St. Dwynwen’s Day and St. Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Gwynedd Council has teamed up with Waste Awareness Wales (WAW) to play Cupid by encouraging people to show some love to the environment as well as with their loved ones by sending e-cards.

Around 24 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent in the UK each year, to be opened, read and then eventually thrown away. So in a bid to reduce waste, WAW has designed two new e-cards especially for St. Dwynwen’s Day and Valentine’s Day".

Romance, who needs it? And too bad hefyd 'n ddrwg for forestry, paper mills and printers.....

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Blogger Newmania said... 12:19 pm

Yes but love can be a nasty messy business C

Love seeketh not Itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care;
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hells despair.

So sang a little Clod of Clay,
Trodden with the cattle's feet;
But a Pebble of the brook,
Warbled out these metres meet.

Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to Its delight:
Joys in anothers loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heavens despite.

...and the verses mystic visionary and rotten engraver W Blake forgot to draft are...

Love is a carbon foot print fest
You`d better send an email
And by the way you can`t adopt
If your love`s a a female

And if you love the country
That you live in, hide your thoughts
For that is Love that dare not speak its name
Or so we`re taught.

So love the animals and trees
Love beasts that squeak and squawk
Reserve your hatred true and pure
For animals that talk.

Love criminals and scroungers
Love arrangements of two Daddies
Love everything you told to love
That’s worthless , dull and faddy

But only one true love will grant
Environmental health
The grand soliloquising Passion
One feels ,for oneself.

So count your scruples one by one
Explore the inner beauty
Of some fat councillor in Wales
Who makes our joys a duty.


Blogger Croydonian said... 12:36 pm

Crikey, Calliope has you in her grip today.

Meanwhile, Valentines cards are just another racket got up by the greetings card industry. Not that I'm cynical.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:39 pm

"Reserve your hatred true and pure
For animals that talk."

Eeeeek !! Im out of here! *scuttles towards door*  

Anonymous verity said... 1:41 pm

Croydonian. I agree about the greetings card industry. The ridiculous American "black" (as though all blacks were homogenous) made-up holiday (it was made up by some college professor with nothing better to do with his sinecure) of Kwanza would never have got an impetus. I'm not even sure that the word kwanza relates to any African language.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:49 pm

Apparently 'The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza", meaning "first fruits". The extra 'a' is there for its symbolism as a seven letter word. Taken from the usual place. Not that many Swahili speakers endured the Middle Passage.  

Anonymous newmania said... 3:09 pm

I laughed Mut....  

Blogger james higham said... 4:06 pm

Yep, i think they have a point, as Croydonian pointed out. The greeting card industry, esp. Hallmark, should be put out of business.  

Anonymous nick drew said... 4:45 pm

Mania I doff my cap  

Anonymous verity said... 6:08 pm

Well, I certainly don't think the greeting card industry should be "put out of business"!

If people are stupid enough to send Kwanza cards, why would you care? I do think the card companies promote non-holidays, but so what? They're in business.  

Anonymous verity said... 6:09 pm

Now, Croydonian, in addition to Spanish, I am getting a security notice asking me if I want to display non-secure items. Dear God!  

Blogger Newmania said... 6:17 pm

No me molesta Verity Buenos tardes  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:46 pm

N - are you getting El Blogger syndrome too?  

Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said... 8:13 pm

Think of the paper we'd save by getting rid of local authorities. I mean who needs 'em?  

Blogger Serf said... 9:04 am

Step two is to sack people who send aforementioned emails, after finding them guilty of sexual harassment.

Do these people have souls?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:23 am

JJ - They aren't all bad, and can be a bulwark against the depredations of central government.

Serf - a fine idea.  

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