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Groovy man, I mean like WOW, how cool, kinda blows my mind dude. Heavy, I’m solid gone, freakin’ out here. Woah. You are probably saying ‘what’s he been on this week!’

I refer to this….” piles of dog mess have been spray painted bright green by a Dorset council to shock owners into picking up their pets’ waste” (BBC news website).  What a fantastic idea. Who thinks up such magnificent schemes? But let’s take it a step further. If one or two dog owners trained their pets to perform like Picasso, or Constable or even Andy Warhol the streets of Dorset will be a real picture. A mecca for a new school of art. The psychedelic streets movement.

Then I thought, why stop there? Come on you Council officials, where’s your artistic bent (no, I don’t mean your bending down to spray the stuff in the first place), I mean your vision. How about a luminous green spray to aid anyone walking the streets at night, or using different colours to brighten up boring pavements, dull alleyways and blighted areas.

On second thoughts, why stop with dog poo. There’s all the litter too. Chewing gum could be bright pink and we could then have miles of spotted pavements. Cigarette ends could be sprayed purple. Fast food packaging and beer cans red. Perhaps draw the line at litter that is prone to blow about. Well you would not want a wet, freshly sprayed piece of newspaper catching you behind the legs would you! Then what about those cracked paving flag stones or raised kerbs. A smart bright blue would be fetching. The potholes in the road. There are plenty of those around after last winter still awaiting repair. A vibrant orange would look nice this autumn.

Finally the weekend drunks littering the town centres. I’ll let you decide on that one. Separate colours for men and women?

Of course the Council could just clean everything up in the first place. Not such a colourful solution though!

Dog mess being spray-painted

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Let me declare where I stand straight away. I don’t like smoking; I hate it and dislike being in the company of people who smoke. It’s not the people, well not always; it’s simply I detest the smoke and the smell. I will tolerate smoking to a degree in order to be polite, but I really prefer not to. If people want to smoke, so be it; it’s their decision. Everyone knows the risks. I appreciate too the arguments put forward by both sides of the smoking and non smoking lobbies, the burden smokers and smoking puts on the health service. That’s for someone else to argue about another day.

No, what really does annoy me, well actually infuriates me, gives me a real dose of the ‘Victor Meldrews’, makes me see red and increases the blood pressure, is the debris and detritus that accompanies smokers and smoking. It’s everywhere you go. Discarded cigarette ends, fag ends, tab ends, butts, call them what you like. It’s litter, plain and simple. Rubbish, garbage, trash, junk. Why should we have to put up with all this mess lying all around? Walk down any street and you see it. Not just the odd one or two discarded ‘ends’ but dozens, sometimes whole piles. Like confetti on the pavement, in the gutters and in doorways, strewn about everywhere. You see smokers doing it. Dropping their fag ends to the pavement, flicking them into the gutter, grinding them out beneath their shoes, sticking them to the top of rubbish bins, tossing them out of car windows. Next time you see a smoker watch to see what they do. Pack it in. Stop! You inconsiderate morons.

How would you like it if they were shoved through your letterbox, dumped on your doorstep, thrown over the fence into your front garden? Well, would you mind or just accept it with a resigned shrug! Not only is it an offence to drop litter it’s inconsiderate, offensive. So why do it and why in the street or the park and in a public place. Have I missed something? Are they now suddenly reclassified as ‘non litter ‘or a special item to be treated differently to normal litter? Is there suddenly an open season for discarding smokers’ left overs! Is it suddenly socially acceptable to litter as long as it’s something small. Does no one care anymore?

Then there is the smoke. Yes, I know it has to go somewhere and appreciate the new laws banning smoking from certain public places, bars, pubs etc. A big improvement, and long overdue. But now you find groups of smokers huddled together on doorsteps, outside offices, shops and pubs all lighting up, puffing away and blowing smoke in your direction as you pass. And when they have finished what do they do?

My apologies to those responsible smokers amongst you. To those of you who are not, and you know who you are, pick it up, eat it, put it in your pocket, a waste bin, anywhere. Just don’t drop it. Please!

Litter Bugs

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