Inconsequential Grumble: bonfires of the vanities!

Hello friend

Day 228…

Anyone who has a chronic respiratory disease – in my case, asthma – will get this. I dread the 5th November! For 2 or 3 days before and after, I have to suffer the effects of bonfire smoke invading my private space. It plays havoc with my asthma. I wonder how big the spike is for asthma attacks and deaths. Oh, I really do not like bonfire night!

Then there’s the environment impact – thousands of bonfires releasing greenhouse gases. C’mon people! You get that we’re standing at the precipice of self-destruction, right?

Don’t even get me started on log burners! I grew up in the 70’s when chimney smoke permeated the atmosphere – that’s 1970s not 1870’s (hardy, har!). Now, people want to take a backward step because of the perceived aesthetics of dirty, log burners? So, you’re going to pollute the atmosphere, risk the lives of people with chronic respiratory diseases, and speed up the demise of the human race because log burners’look nice’? Have people lost their mind?!


Be happy, be safe and be kind.
Graham Coutts, 6th November 2020

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