So resuming the next batch of things to go into Room 101, George Orwell’s famous creation, I am going to make myself mightily unpopular with some by suggesting:-
It is a pain! It is all very well if you don’t have to go anywhere (or you’re still up for tobogganing, which frankly I’m not), but if you do, it gets in the way, it’s hazardous, and the mess left behind as it thaws is also horrible to walk through.
I must admit though Lady had a wonderful time playing in it in the park and I kept warm following her progress as she ran with some four-legged friends. It was clear she hadn’t seen snow before as she kept trying to eat the flakes as they fell. Okay so my dog has been amused by the stuff. Fine, now can we banish it? I can find other ways in which Lady can have fun with her four-legged friends in the park!
32. Inaccurate Departure Boards
Departure boards always “assume” the bus or train you are waiting for has gone even though you know full well it hasn’t turned up yet. Things are really bad when you get “delayed” come up, especially on the train boards. You do already know it’s delayed. What you need to know is if the train is still going to run and “best guess” at the time of the delay.
33. Milk cartons
Is it just me or are these a real pain to open without spilling the contents everywhere? On a related note…
34. Sugar sachets
I don’t use these myself but others in my family do love sugar in their coffee. Firstly, the sachets are teeny. I don’t believe it is a teaspoon’s worth in there. Secondly, again, they are so awkward to open and it’s amazing where sugar can get to when spilt.
35. Useless directions
I come across this a lot when away on conferences. You plan out your route from the train station to your conference centre and it’s an easily walked distance. So you get “on foot” directions. Several times I’ve discovered later missing information that, had I had it at the time, would’ve stopped me getting lost! I also know this isn’t just me as I know others this has happened to. Talking of getting lost…
36. Inadequate signposting on walks
It is useful to have enough signposts at reasonable intervals so you know for sure you are still going in the direction you meant to go. What I’ve come across are either no signposts or where there are massive gaps until the next one. Neither are helpful!
37. Teabags that split
Yuck! A mouthful of tealeaves isn’t great. You usually find these right at the bottom of the cup so no advance warning. Equally it may be just me.
38. Shoes that pinch after you’ve bought them
I’m sure many women will identify with this one. You’ve found shoes you love, you try them on in the shop and walk around in them. Perfect fit! You get them home and you decide to “christen” them. They are pinching your feet. At this point you may well express your disappointment forcefully!
39. Flour bags
This is probably just me again but I can’t open these things without sending up a small cloud of flour dust. Also if a flour bag does split, the contents will get everywhere. There has got to be a better way of packaging flour, surely?
40. Annoying Adverts
I must admit some adverts are clever, some are funny (and the very best are both. I have fond memories of the old Heineken Christmas ads where the “man” on the roadworks sign came to life having had his beer. I didn’t buy any. Not my particular drink but it was an entertaining enough advert).
However, there are plenty of adverts are not clever or funny. Right now as I prepare this at the end of March 2018, there is a radio advert for a certain car manufacturer who is trying to claim their product is as cherished as a new baby and that their car is your “pride and joy”. It may well be but to compare it to the wonder of new life is absurd and, to my mind, aggravating (it strikes me as being arrogant). Yes, I am remembering the advert but for all the wrong reasons. It’s annoying me!
41. Christmas/Easter “products” being put out on supermarket shelves far too early
As a Christian, Christmas and Easter have special significance for me and I don’t like the commercialisation of either. (Mind you, I’m sure plenty of others would agree with me even if they don’t share my faith). Like most people, I am partial to the odd hot cross bun and Easter egg. However, I could happily live without the first Cadbury’s Creme Egg turning up on the shelves on 27th December (yes, really!).
I would like to see Christmas chocolate not put out before the beginning of November. Easter eggs etc could go in the shops say February onwards, given Easter moves. However, I guess this is unlikely to happen as putting these things out so chronically early gives more money making opportunities, does it not? Hmm… me becoming cynical in my old age? Perish the thought!
42. Flip flops
I’ve tried wearing these. I hate the things. They never feel right on my feet so I gave up on them a long time ago. I don’t understand how people can wear them all day long. My limit was about 15 minutes!
43. Misted up Glasses
An old Goodies sketch showed Graeme Garden wearing his usual specs but they came with windscreen wipers. Great idea. I’ve lost count of how often I’ve come in from somewhere and my glasses immediately steam up. I’d like the wipers option please when I next get my specs.
44. Junk Mail
Now I think this is one where the vast majority of you will agree. How often do you wait in for some important letter or parcel and all that comes through the door is junk mail? It is uncanny how that always manages to hit your mat speedily when it is the last thing you want to receive. How often have you found junk mail useful? Not very often? Same here!
45. Not being able to select a slot for parcel deliveries
This depends on the service you use of course but I have never understood those places which can’t give you a time slot. It only needs to be approximate and even the 9am to 12 noon or 12 noon to 5 pm slots would be useful.
So when taking the dog out, I have to take my best guess at when something is likely to turn up in the post and hope I get home in time. I couldn’t tell you how many “Sorry we’ve missed you” cards I’ve had in my time. The time of the attempted delivery is nearly always about five minutes after I’ve left with the dog. Do you think they’re waiting around the corner for me to go out? It does sometimes feel like that!
So more of my “to be dumped at the earliest opportunity” items to come. Comments welcome on this and the earlier batches though!
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