I am perplexed as to why caravan parks create a small microcosm of nasty ‘sit on’ attractions, fried foods, amusement arcades, expensive car parks and Woolworth’s. If we take Dawlish Warren for local context, I would have believed that people came to enjoy the sea, the fresh air, food from local farms, the countryside and the possibilities of escape and adventure. I am wrong. Like a tramp with a trolley, the caravan park seems to bring its home with it, wherever it goes. On the basis that they are self-contained in this way, I think all caravan parks should be removed from beautiful areas of our coastline and relocated to areas that are already blots on the landscape.
It appears the new licensing hours have failed to curb the number of serious incidents related to booze and if we continue the fatal accident tally at this rate, the Times reports that a population the equivalent to that of Jersey will be dead within ten years. Forces me to wonder…why Jersey? Was it just the journo had a particular grievance against the little sunny isle? Did someone with a lilting French tongue once do him a disservice? There are many other places with equivalent populations that I would have wiped out first before picking such a beautiful little place. Why not pick somewhere that has a high percentage of drunks already – Plymouth perhaps?
I am thinking of getting a hamster for my 2 yr olds birthday. My mother still has my (unoccupied) stacking hamster cage in her loft so it seems destined that I should re populate it now my own children want a pet and I don’t. The RSPCA say you should think these things through thoroughly before venturing into animal ownership. I am prepared to purchase it. My children are prepared to love it. My parents would undoubtedly extend baby-sitting services to it. My nanny has even reassured me she will be happy to clean it. But the most difficult question remains: who will bury it when it is dead and having just had expensive new turf laid, where will a shoebox size grave cause least damage? Perhaps a goldfish is a better proposition. …Though my new fangled toilets with their economy flush may not give it the final send off it deserves.