Index (in order of delivery) Improving Life in the Supermarket Beware of anthropomorphism Stay safe on safari Budget Airlines Non Cyclists Career choice Politicians Avoiding Making Enemies (Boris) How to stay young (Twearlies) Olympian dreamers Men regarding Aqua Aerobics Grandparents who Coach Grandchildren (Inner Peace) Be Wary of Unintended consequences Interpretation of Customer Reviews Advice on Decluttering Understanding compounding Re-cycling Language Roundabouts Driving Licences Advice on Christmas Presents ‘Be Careful what you ask for’ (Bogotá mountain) Don’t give up hope Traffic lights The importance of good grammar; the Oxford comma Super hero family life Political Choice (the Newfoundland option) Augmented Reality Coping with Retirement Unreasonableness Exercise Rules Closing Remarks
Improving Life in the Supermarket Has anyone ever felt a little bit grumpy in a supermarket? Struggling to navigate the aisles, it is frustrating trying to keep up with the purchaser of items who gets through smaller spaces than you and your trolley. Eventually you get to the check out and then the fun really starts. So here are my suggested improvements which I would introduce if I was granted three wishes. I will ban coupons and reward points for buying stuff; all goods will be priced to sell without gimmicks, Self-checkouts will be abolished (I don’t wish to take away minimum wage work in supermarkets), and Waitrose style self-scanners have to go (their users are far too smug for the rest of us), And if I got a fourth wish …. Anyone seen fumbling around looking for a purse for coupons, cards and cash, after all the shopping has been packed and scanned would be banned for life from M&S, Tesco and the Co-ops in Dunblane and Bridge of Allan. Beware of anthropomorphism Anthropomorphism, or personification, is attribution of human form or other characteristics to anything other than a human being. Examples include depicting deities with human form, creating fictional non-human animal characters with human physical traits, and ascribing human emotions or motives to forces of nature, such as hurricanes or tropical cyclones. Here is a cautionary tale which illustrates why you should be wary of ascribing human emotions and traits to your pet. A friend of mine had a pet python. The python grew larger over the years and at the time of this story was around 6 feet in length. One day the owner took the python, Percy, to the vet because he had not been eating anything for several weeks. The vet took one look at Percy and suggested he should be moved to the zoo. The owner was distraught. He said we are very fond of each other, Percy even comes on to my bed and sleeps alongside me. The vet said, ‘Sure thing he is just measuring you ready for his next meal’. Safe journey home everyone and watch out anthropomorphism.