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Life is Not a Game!

Anthony Simons
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Life is a short paragraph, made up of harsh and colourless sentences written by authors unknown, punctuated by the commas and stops of delightful episodes of happiness.

If you get to write one of those sentences, then you've really achieved something!
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Wed Jun 8, 2011 6:47 am
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It's for Charity, Mate!

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Alright, time for a little bit of a moan; at the risk of once more being considered typically English.

There are a lot of charitable institutes in the UK, from BHF through Cancer Research, to Age UK and the ubiquitous Oxfam. They're all good causes, usually run by unpaid volunteers and are frequently a good place to go if you're looking for old boardgames (I have found one or two grails in places like this myself).

They're also bad in a few ways; they tape up boxes to hold them shut, they occasionally don't check items properly and they are filling our high streets! But the worst thing I can think of is the pricing!

Sure, most of the time they see boardgames as rubbish; they're a relic of the recent past that nobody really wants because of computer and video games. But sometimes they get the impression that something is really collectible; it's usually a false impression created by a quick perusal of Ebay or some such second-hand guidelines, and the result is that I often walk away saying "no thanks".

Before anybody starts saying "it's for charity, what's the matter with you?", let me first point out that this should have nothing to do with the pricing of items. The items are donated, they are priced (those that make it past - dare say it - the beady eyes of the volunteer staff) and then they are placed on the shelf. The key word is "donated". The fact these items are given to them for free makes me begrudge their robbing me blind by charging way over what it is worth and hiding behind the word "charity".

It's less of a problem with boardgames, however, and more an issue, IMO, with clothing, music and video. I have often turned up my nose at a CD or DVD on account of the fact I can generally get a new copy cheaper! It's just completely unfathomable why they price things so high, and then look at customers oddly when they declare something as being way too expensive!

IMO, if they're going to try to charge online auction rates to customers walking into a bricks-and-mortar store, then they should be prepared to accept refusal.

I am in a miserable mood today, aren't I? Well sod it, I don't care!
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Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:06 pm
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Not Feeling too Well...

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Tony's thought for the day:

Jesus said, "It would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."

I say that today it would be easier for me to s*** through the eye of a needle than to pass water into the bucket.

Yes folks, you guessed it; I've had a rotten night and an early morning. Where's that Dioralyte?
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Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:11 am
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Midweek Morning Moan

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I shouldn't really moan so much but I do. Arguably, it's the national pastime in England; we complain about the weather, about everything we pay for, about politics, about sport, about the price of fish. But when it comes to actually doing something about it, the vast majority of us just roll over and say "mustn't grumble".

In fact, thinking back, it was what I was brought up on. I was constantly told as a child not to complain, to be quiet, to be "seen and not heard" in a manner of speaking.

That sort of thing sticks with you throughout your life; at least until it becomes clear to you that sometimes you just have to take your complaint somewhere to get something done. And then you find you have to really fight to get anywhere; in some cases it gets to a point where you wished you'd talked yourself out of it.

But this is the product of a modern age, where the pen is truly mightier than the sword, and expressing one's disgust at something in a polite manner goes a lot further than, IMO, it really ought to. American influence over the Western world gets a lot of the blame for this, but really the only guilty parties are the unscrupulous hordes who have taken advantage of honest trade, business and people over the past few decades.

The result is not necessarily a fairer environment for all; as I see it, the innocent few are the people suffering from others' complaints. This whole can of moaning worms has spilled out of control; snowballing from a simple symptom of consumerism to a whole legal process. People have to spend a great deal of their lives complaining to actually get anything done properly; it's almost considered part and parcel of daily life, these days.

That would be fine if it wasn't for the unsavoury exploitation of complaint. This exploitation has led to harder rules so honest consumers lose out, a blame culture where somebody is always made responsible and situations where lives are destroyed on the back of somebody else's greed.

So what can we do about it? I haven't got a clue. Ah well, mustn't grumble...
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