205 sözcük 3. METİN CHRISTMAS: MORE STUFFING? Merry Christmas to you all... "Merry", as you may know, has two meanings: a) happy, and b) drunk. If you're like a large number of British people, then your Christmas will be an alcoholic, rather than a religious, occasion. If you walk down Piccadily or Oxford Street just before Christmas, you will see an incredible amount of money being spent on electronic games, bottles of spirits, expensive clothes, LPs, cassettes, cameras, and large number of luxury items. If you walk down the main street of several towns of the Third World just before Christmas, you won't see large amount of money being spent on presents: in fact, you won't see a large amount of money being spent on anything. 80% of all disease in the world is caused by bad water supply: for millions of people, the perfect Christmas present would be a tap in the village square which would give pure, clean water. Do we think of these people when we sit down to our Christmas dinner? Of course not - we're too busy thinking about the turkey, the roast potatoes, and the presents sitting under the Christmas tree. The whole idea of Christmas now is completely unChristian - I'm sure that Christ would be furious if he could see what sort of celebrations are being carried out in his name. So I'm against Christmas - I agree with Scrooge1 "It's all humbugg." If we're going to continue this wasteful, thoughtless ceremony, then let's be truthful about it, and call it "Stuff-Our-Faces Week", or "Stomach Week" - but let's get rid of the hypocritical pretense that Christmas is "the season of the goodwill". 1 Scrooge Charles Dickens'ın yarattığı, Noel kutlamalarının gereksiz olduğuna inanan bir roman kahramanı. 274 sözcük. 4. METİN
PACKAGING: THE INSANE WASTE OF MAKING THINGS TO BE THROWN AWAY To get a chocolate out of a box requires a considerable amount of unpacking: the box has to be taken out of the paper bag in which it arrives; the cellophane wrapper has to be torn off, the lid opened and the paper removed; the chocolate itself then has to be unwrapped from its own piece of paper. But this insane amount of wrapping is not confined to luxuries. It is now becoming increasingly difficult to buy anything that is not done up in cellophane, polythene, or paper. The package itself is of no interest to the shopper, who usually throws it away immediately. Useless wrapping accounts for much of the refuse put out by the average London household each week. So why is it done? Some of it, like the cellophane on meat, is necessary, but most of the rest is simply competitive selling. This is absurd. Packaging is using up scarce energy and resources and messing up the environment. Little research is being carried out on the costs of alternative types of packaging. Just how is it possible, for instance, for local authorities to salvage paper, pulp it, and recycle it as egg-boxes? Would it be cheaper to plant another forest? Paper is the material most used for packaging - 20 million paper bags are apparently used in Great Britain each day - but very little is salvaged.
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