My friend Emma pointed this one out to me.
One the things I hate on the rare occasions when I have to go into Tesco or Asda is the way they try to shepherd me towards the self scanning till.
My mum has the dubious ‘honour’ of manning a set of these tills, of supervising the customer who does the work that someone else could be employed to do. Perhaps this is what annoys me the most.
By getting self scanning tills in store they have cut the workforce while getting the customer to do the work for free. This leads to increasing profits for the company and shareholders while putting more people out of work when the profits indicate that they could easily employ a few more people.
So from now on whenever I see a self scanning till I will refuse to use them even if it means queuing for a real life person.
The other thing I would love to do (if it could be easily organised by the willing) is to get people to use self scanning tills but only if they use 1p or 2p coins to pay for their purchase. So you would pop into Tesco at a busy time (say a Saturday morning) and buy your copy of The Times with 1p pieces. Then the next person would simply come and buy their bunch of bananas with their loose change. By now there should be a nice little tale back building and the machine should be getting clogged with loose change.
Then if any problems should arise just remind them of their motto ‘Every Little Helps’
So I unexpectedly picked up a nice old Penguin copy of Animal Farm in The Linen Hall Library booksale and brought it home.
Then this evening, just before intended to go to bed I picked it up again and now 3hrs later I’m here, barely awake, freezing to death but happy and Animal – Farmed out.
I’ve never read a book through in one sitting before which speaks volumes about it’s simplicity and readability. Yet the book is also powerful,wise and deep.
I’ve really enjoyed reading George Orwell this year, mainly because I don’t tire or get bored of his writing style for whatever reason. Well apart from ‘Homage to Catalonia’ which bored the pants of me.
So Animal Farm.
How do we rebel against injustice and change things without falling into the traps of power and greed? What does it mean to be free?
Who are the pigs?
Yes, it’s late at night and I’ve tired eyes but what does it say to those rebellions and uprisings that I could get angry enough to join? Do we have to accept that powerful people will always have authority and rule over us no matter what happens in this present life?
Anyway, I can’t imagine many quick reads out there would have as big an impact.