Pet hates…1!

August 1, 2007

So this item is likely to grow…hence the 1!!

Just come back from a quick visit to grab an essential item from one of the numerous “forecourt emporiums” (garage shops to you and me!) where everyone and his auntie seems to be shopping nowadays. And they do a fine job but I must admit to sorta missing the old corner shop where everything needed at a moment’s notice could be found by a friendly dusty old git who didn’t speak and reeked of stale pipe smoke. But that is taking me off track so….. back to me story.

trolley2.jpgOn this quick trip I came across my pet hate – number one on my list of things that make me pull out the little hair I have left the forgetful shopper. Now I’m not talking about some poor guy who can’t remember what he came in for so he wanders around the place looking lost and doing a passable impression of one of the 4400. I just feel sorry for such mirror images of myself! No I’m talking about the serial forgetful shopper….. you know the one I mean. Let me help you remember… Just as you are almost at the counter she – it’s always a she – jumps in with her arms full of 10 pieces of junk ranging from sweeties for the crying wean to wee buns for the husband and mother-in-law trapped at home. Being half mannerly you say nothing about the blatant queue jumping opting instead to quietly hope she breaks a leg on the way out of the shop. But then it starts……… Read the rest of this entry »


Childhoood Obesity.

June 14, 2007

A group of GPs from Rotherham, South Yorkshire has tabled a motion to the British Medical Association’s annual meeting later this month which opens the way for social workers to step in when children become obese. The motion says:

“The government should consider childhood obesity in under 12s as neglect by the parents and encourage legal protection for the child and action against those parents.”


The photo on the left I discovered on this blog while researching this topic. It gives a lot of background about the subject. Is this were NI’s children are heading?

This Guardian article (June 14th by Matthew Weaver), Treat childhood obesity as act of neglect, say doctors outlines the position pretty fully and is worth a good read. Among other gems the article quotes Dr Tabitha Randell, a consultant paediatrician from Nottingham, as saying she believed some parents were killing their children with kindness. In one extreme case, she saw a child aged two-and-a-half, Read the rest of this entry »