Summer 2011


Commodore's Writes

1001 uses for …  

Alternative Wed. night

Bewl Water

Bodgit Diaries

Changes in the pipeline

Club open weekend

Hampton Regatta

Joan Bray welcomes  

Lunch & frostbite cruise

Lunchtime BBQ

Midsummer Cruise

Mid Thames Trophy

Newsletter printing

Pinafore Pirates of Titipu

Potential new member!

Regatta Saturday

Regatta Sunday

Sailing Secretary

Security Heads-Up

Social calendar

Start of racing program

Start of Season Party

Thoughts on green

Youth sailing afternoon

Working party 18 March

Working party 14 May



Some Thoughts On ‘Green Living’

Queuing up at the shop, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained: we didn't have the green thing back in my day. That's right. Then they returned their milk and beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized and refilled, and the same bottles were used over and over again--they really were recycled. But they didn't have the green thing in her day.

In her day they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator in every shop and office building. They walked to the shop and didn't climb into a 300hp machine to go down the road. But she's right; they didn't have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby's nappies because they didn't have the throwaway kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. "Wind and solar power" really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down-clothes from brothers or sisters, not always new clothing. But she's right; they didn't have the green thing in her day.

Back then they had one TV, or radio in the house, not one in every room. In the kitchen they blended and stirred by hand (no electric machines). When they packaged a fragile item they used wadded up newspaper, not bubble wrap. They didn't use petrol or electric to mow the lawn, just a push mower. They exercised by working, so didn't need to go to a health club to use electrically powered equipment. But she's right; they didn't have the green thing, back then.

They drank from a fountain, when they were thirsty, instead of a plastic bottle every time. They refilled pens with ink and replaced razor blades instead of throwing away the whole razor. But they didn't have the green thing, back then.

Back then children used public transport or bikes and didn't turn their mums into a 24 hour taxi service. They didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles away, in space, in order to find the nearest pizza place. But she's right. They didn't have the green thing back in her day.

Strange, it was like that in my day too!

Provided by Tony (The Commodore) Hopkins