That's how many plastic bags were reused by the customers of the Prestwich branch of Tesco last week. Someone had hung a sign up telling us so. Every little helps, they couldn't help adding, without a hint of irony.

I know for a fact that seven of those bags were mine. That's 2.18%.

It seems to me that, at this rate, it's going to take an awful lot of time to save the planet.

Having said that, if and when we do finally save the planet, it seems only fair that 2.18% of it should be mine. That's 11,119,430 km2.

I think I'll have Canada and Bolivia.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. Do you really think Canada and Bolivia are the obvious places given a free choice of over 10 million square kilometres? Surely there must be a Pacific island somewhere where slightly overweight bearded forty-somethings are worshipped as Gods with the ceremonialy dutyto deflower every bronzed maiden in the surrounding region.

    Just a thought.

  2. OK, so I don't have a life...I just couldn't let your claim to the saved planet go unchecked. I make your pecentage as only 2.1739, which based on a global area of 510,065,600 km2 = 11,088,382 km2. You can still get Canada & Bolivia out of that cache but I don't want you playing fast and loose with the figures and then claiming some large, idyllic Pacific island later. You've got 13,662 km2 left to play with, so you can choose between Vanuatu or the Falkland Islands.

  3. Just got back from the windy city (I blame the pizzas). In Wal-greens in Chicago, they put carriers inside carriers to make them stronger.

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