Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The Meaning of Bardrainney (Inver)

As far as I can remember (I can’t find my copy), ‘The Meaning of Liff’ does not offer a word for ‘the sensation of stale wine trickling down your sleeve at the bottlebank’.  After this morning, I needed such a word, and after a cursory gazetteer scan I lighted on the above, which I think does the job.  Although it may be too long, and maybe insufficiently expletable.  I did consider Zouch (Notts), Wetwang (W. Yorks) and Sturry (Kent).

Two visits down, probably two to go.  I’m spreading my custom around three local facilities – two Tescos and an Asda – because I don’t want to be tagged as some kind of bottle-sniffing freak by the CCTV monitor guys.  I imagine them going “Him again?” and opening a book on the exact timing of my next visit.

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  1. Wetwang is already in Liff and means something quite different!

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    1. I'm sure it does! Now I've got to look out my copy.

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  2. Do you not have kerbside recycling collections where you are? Spread them out amongst the neighbours' boxes if you must, but evidence of a party seems quite widespread around here. It must be ten years since I went to a bottle bank.

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    1. We do, but they don't take bottles. Besides, I enjoy the bottle bank, especially when they smash.

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  3. Our local Tesco has a huge recycling machine - and it always has a great long queue of people recycling boxloads of bottles.
    Not sure if that means that it's different up north... or round just around Tescos

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    1. The huge machine sounds interesting, we just have bins with holes in them. As for the great long queues - not saying anything, but I have some experience of Cheesetown ...

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  4. Bottle-sniffing? Sniffing? As in inhaling through one's proboscis?
    Why?
    The party sounds a great success it must have been if Mig was there, now there's a person who might sniff an empty wine bottle (no offence intended to Mig) but she strikes me as one similar to myself who would be disappointed at the emptiness.

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    1. Hello Zig. I can only surmise as to what goes on in the heads of CCTV watchers.
      It was a success, Mig was indeed there but I'm sure didn't encounter any empty bottles.

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  5. Kerbside recycling? That's certainly not hit Norfolk. It's the bottle bank for us too. And we save up for weeks and take dozens of bottles every time. We're brazen.

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  6. As I said, I like the bottle bank. It's smashing.

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  7. I politely didn't sniff the empty ones and instead, engaged with the others of which there were many! Very nice too.

    (I've been spreading my loads of charity shop offerings across town - seven shops - so they don't think I've been mugging bag ladies)

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