|Ready to recycle. Sadly there are plenty more cans (and takeaway carcasses) to pick up next time I go to the park.|
|Tatra turns out to be the top Polish beer - chosen by my local park's litterers.|
Don't tell anyone but I semi try to do something good every day. But the sort of good I'm looking for is not meant to nterfere with my life or family - so doesn't always happen. Today while walking the dog I noticed a bank of beer cans had sprung up on the entrance to the park. The cans look horrible amongst the mugwort and teasel and are sure to get in the way if it ever snows again as this is where the little kids whiz down. So I picked them up: about five bags worth of Polish canned lager amusing myself by trying to learn the brand names - Tyskie (turns out to be the best selling brand), Tatra (most popular on my park's bank and named after the mountain range between Slovakia and Poland), Okocim (posh pilsner style) and Lech (reviewed here by a beer-loving blogger).
Several passers-by praised me for this not so noble action, which got me talking to strangers (also a good deed, possibly), but also gabbling that it's easy to walk on by one can; but much harder when there's a blizzard of them. Genocide should not be compared to litter, but I guess it is like that too - you ignore and ignore, until you can't. I think this is the same reaction as what's happening after the world outcry when the people in Delhi became so enraged by the hideous gang rape of a 23 year old woman who subsequently died. There is a remarkable (and amusing) blog piece here about how hard it is to be female in India and get rape taken seriously.
Apologies for the cod philosophy. Take comfort that at least another 50 aluminium cans are going to be recycled and you've just learnt the Polish word for beer, piwo (pronounced piva). Happy new year!