Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Lancashire, England
Bikes: 1971 Bob Jackson, 1976 Dawes Galaxy, 1999 Townsend Harlequin
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Maybe I'm just an old cynic, or I was already set in my opinions when the ecological bandwagon started rolling in the early seventies. Either way, I figure the environment was here long before I was, and it'll be here long after I'm gone. I have no qualms about mankind using the resources there are. If we conserve them, who for? Why should future generations have things we deny ourselves? About seaweed, you'd be surprised what that finds its way into. Drink beer? Seems they use seaweed in that. Toothpaste? You guessed it.
My reservations were about the tone of the advert, and how it's pushing the product's "green" agenda while saying little about it. I'm a great believer in supporting local enterprise, though. As for the translation, you probably know about British chip shops, where you can buy French fries and fried, battered fish to go. It used to be wrapped in old newspapers, but health and safety regulations put paid to that. Traditionally, they fried the food in beef fat, or dripping as we call it. Now, they tend to use a vegetable oil, which has less of a pervasive odour, but also less flavour. There's a trend for people to collect the old oil from the chip shops, and refine it as a diesel fuel. Don't know if they're doing that in the States. I think your motor fuels are still reasonably priced, but ours are through the roof.