Rare Common Sense: November 2002 Archives

November 13, 2002

Polluting the Goddess

The River Goddess should be honoured with floats made of natural, biodegradable materials and not styrofoam according to Plodprasop Suraswadi, Thailand's permanent secretary of natural resources and environment.

Mr Plodprasop said natural materials would decompose naturally and could be collected and used to make organic fertiliser.
Styrofoam would stay in the environment for 100-500 years. Burning it gave off toxic emission like sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, dioxin and carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.
City hall estimated that before 1980, about 80% of floats were made of styrofoam. Banana-leaf floats then returned to favour thanks to a campaign by environmental group Magic Eye, until only an estimated 1.4% of krathong were made of foam.

Loy Krathong is an annual full moon festival which has been celebrated for over 700 years. It falls on November 19th this year. Plodprasop against use of foam floats - Bangkok Post, November 13th 2002.

November 8, 2002

You might run out of loo roll.

The Bible is the least useful item found in hotel rooms. Shower caps, sweets on the pillow and trouser presses were considered more useful in a survey conducted for Expedia. Bedside bible suffers survey blow - Ananova, November 8th 2002.

November 6, 2002

SSPCA apologises to Pagans

I was away and missed this, but it's important. The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has apologised unreservedly for linking the recent attacks on horses to Paganism.

However, SSPCA spokeswoman Doreen Graham told BBC Scotland that she had made a faux pas by describing this as a pagan calendar. That was an error on my part and I would like them to accept my unreserved apology, she said.

Pagans help hunt horse attackers - BBC News, November 2nd 2002.

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