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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
My charity mailings haul
Further to my previous post complaining about how much stuff is sent out by charities in an effort to guilt people into donating, after dealing with all of the begging letters Dad received, I am now better off by:

5 usable Christmas cards (small)
5 usable Christmas cards (medium)
6 blank envelopes
1 calendar for 2014
1 supermarket trolley token on a key ring
3 cheap pens
12 pence in coins
1 small brown stone

Oh, and in order to remove Dad from all these mailing lists it often required the use of a magnifying glass to read the small print to find the information on how to do this. Literally, a magnifying glass. Bonus points to the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) for being the only charity to provide everything in a nice large clear print.

Current Mood: busy efficient

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From: cmcmck Date: December 6th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
What really tees me off about these people is the sheer amount of money they waste on this cold shotting- money that could be used for the charitable purposes intended.

I've believed for some time now that the 'charity industry' needs a thorough investigation.

Those I support use 95%+ of income for the purposes intended- any less than that and they don't get my mite.

And I truly loathe being waylaid in the High Street every time I pass though it!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 6th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thankfully that isn't a problem here. Being waylaid, I mean.
rymrytr From: rymrytr Date: December 6th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Completly off topic, but I wondered if you had seen/heard about this:

Welsh church uncovers stunning medieval wall paintings: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25214557


heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 6th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yes I did! It was amazing, wasn't it?

I expect that when the English had the Reformation forced on them, the Welsh weren't too pleased. There is another church on the Lleyn Peninsula where they hid the carved wooden panelling and the stained glass and it was only found a few years ago.
rymrytr From: rymrytr Date: December 6th, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Two things I noticed. There is a "catch notch" in the shield. Get the opponent's sword or spear in there an twist it, to take advantage.

Second was the angled piece along the top. This would help deflect blows instead of allowing them to simply slide up and over. I'd never seen pictures of shields that didn't seem to be, more or less flat.

Love history which reveals the reality of life.

kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: December 7th, 2013 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I shamelessly use all the address labels and cards I get from charities and I do not send them money because there are so many rolling in, my goodness! I guess they think we are made of money. Some of the cards are awful though, I mostly use the address labels :-)

And I did not know one could successfully be removed from these lists! I just keep hoping that if I don't send them money they might take me off, sighh.
pdlloyd From: pdlloyd Date: December 7th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
It's amazing how much stuff is given away in the attempt to extract money from potential donors. I wonder if it really works, or if all the charities doing so are just fooling themselves (or, being fooled by the advertising agencies).

The stone is interesting, but I find myself doubting the story (which I read in your other post about this subject). I mean, I've read Stone Soup—in multiple versions—and it just seems unlikely to me that anyone is actually using stones in that way. Although hot water will help to fool an empty belly, for a short while, into thinking it's full.

Edited at 2013-12-07 04:21 am (UTC)
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