Category Archives: Environment

Why Are Some Idiots Deliberately Starting Grass Fires During The Lockdown?

In many ways, the headline to this article is an oxymoron. These grass fires are being started deliberately because idiots are responsible for starting them. 

But what goes through the single brain cell of someone as they intentionally start fires on dry grassland? Did they not get enough attention when they were growing up? Do these people get turned on by the sight of naked flames? 

The mind boggles. But one thing for sure, the individuals starting these fires are idiots. 

South Wales Police have even had to issue a statement, calling for the idiocy to stop. 

ACC Valentine, who’s leading the force’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic, said: 

“Not only do grass fires have a devastating and long-lasting impact on our countryside and mountains, they also put our emergency services – in particular our fire services – under significant strain.

“During the current climate these deliberate, destructive and wanton actions are even more incomprehensible.

“Like every other frontline and essential service, South Wales Fire and Rescue and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue services’ own workforces have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic and deliberate acts such as these demand a huge amount of resourcing – resources which could be needed elsewhere in the community.

Credit: South Wales Police

“Quite simply, these fires are putting people’s lives at risk, whether due to their proximity to homes or due to the tying up of resources.

“They are also placing those suffering with COVID-19 or any other respiratory problems at in increased risk, with the dense smoke they create significantly impacting the air quality.

“I’d urge those engaging in such mindless acts to really consider the potential consequences of their actions. Such actions are never tolerated by our fire service colleagues or ourselves, but in the current climate they are particularly reprehensible.

“My message to anyone involved is simple. Think about your actions, stop now or you will face the full force of the law.

“Not only do grass fires pose a serious risk to the culprit and others, a criminal conviction can have life-long implications for an individual. Lighting grass fires is never worth the risk.

“Our communities can also play a huge part. Children are not exempt from the government-imposed restrictions and I’d ask parents to ensure their children are abiding by the rules. I’d also encourage vigilance – anyone with concerns or information should report it immediately.”

If you are the mystery fire starter then, please, have a word with yourself. 

You may not know it yet, but there is something out there called ‘karma’. And you do not have to believe in karma for it to pay you a visit. 

During this national emergency, the last thing the emergency services needs is some idiot deliberately starting fires. When you are caught, I can almost guarantee that you will get banged up. 

During a national emergency, the courts come down hard on the idiots who become a part of the problem. 

Some Joker Is Posting ‘Fake Shark’ Warning Signs In Co Down. And It’s Actually Quite Funny

Some mysterious ‘public information signs’ have been spotted around Co Down and they are causing quite a stir as residents try to guess who is behind them. 

Included in one of the signs is the following message:

“Sharks are spotted on a daily basis by a team of dedicated, if short-sighted, volunteers. Except on Tuesday when they attend indoor bowls – we just make the figures upon Tuesdays. 

“Some of the really big sharks are actually quite friendly and can engage in polite conversation. 

“Should you happen to encounter one on this beach remain calm and make small talk.

“If the shark becomes aggressive try to steer the conversation towards less confrontational topics (Brexit, which has enraged the local elasmobranch community, should be avoided at all costs). 

“never lend a shark money. You’ll be unlikely to get it back”. 

One of the fake signs, located in Ballyholme beach, North Down, appears to have been put together by the ‘Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs’. 

A second sign with the ‘Ards and North Down Borough Council’ logo warns: 

“Racists, bigots, jugglers, yoga teachers and anyone called Brian, philanderers and anyone who steals workplace stationery are all banned from this area.”

Whoever the mysterious person responsible for these signs is, they are putting in quite a bit of effort as the signs look ‘real’. 

A spokesperson for the council told BelfastLive: 

“Council was advised about this signage by members of the public over the weekend. 

“The signs were not put up by the council.

“While we can appreciate some of the humour, we will remove them as they are covering signage the council is required to display. 

“We would ask those responsible not to repost the signs.”

At least the council seems to have seen the funny side of it. 

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Beach Cleaner Finds ‘Toffee Crisp’ Wrapper That Is 25-Year-Old!

We are hearing quite a bit in the media at the moment about the efforts of governments and large corporations to ‘clean up’ our environment. 

Most people would probably agree that we have treated our once pristine plant like it is a rubbish dump. 

We have polluted so much of our environment that most of the stuff we eat and drink is now loaded with toxic chemicals. 

But one tweet that we spotted this morning highlights precisely how much work needs to be done to clean up this planet so that future generations won’t have to deal with the toxic mess that we have left behind. 

While carrying out a clean-up operation on Rhosneigr beach in Anglesey, following storm Dennis, Victoria Burfield stumbled over a ‘Toffee Crisp’ wrapper. 

Noticing that the design of the wrapper looked a bit ‘vintage’, Victoria picked it up and checked out the ‘best before’ date. 

To her surprise, the date on the wrapped was December 1995! Making the wrapper 25 years old! 

Victoria said:

‘Found this ancient toffee crisp wrapper on #Rhosneigr #beach after #StormDennis. 

‘Look at the best before date! 

‘@Nestle do you have plans to design less durable wrappers? Biodegradable and/or recyclable might last less than 25 yrs #Anglesey #2minutebeachclean #Wales #microplastics’

If 25 years have passed and this wrapper has not broken down enough to disappear, then what hope have we got of cleaning our planet up? 

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