Built to last

I’ve just inherited a beautiful sideboard that was my maternal grandmother’s. It’s as good as new. I think it would cost a lot to get something that solid these days. So many modern products are not built to last or even to fulfil their function. Such a waste of money and the Earth’s resources. As Terry Pratchett said,

“A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”

It Fits Where It Touches

They don’t make drawers like they used to
Look inside see fresh air round the edge
Flimsy piece of board on its bottom
Only use for storing cotton wool

© Jane Colbourne 2015


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