Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist


We signed up for Freecycle earlier this year. It's a great idea- a whole underground economy in which people with things they don't want anymore link up with people prepared to give those things a good home. And the great thing is no money changes hands. The banks know nothing of these transactions and neither does that nice Mr Darling at the Treasury. 

And of course it's all terribly green.

The first thing we acquired was a pair of speakers- not wonderful, state of the art speakers- but perfectly good enough to be plugged into my computer. Since then we've acquired a decent chest of drawers, a battered dressing table with mirror, and a big, floppy, stuffed toy with Oktober Bierfest blazoned across its chest. 

I've lost track of all the stuff we've off-loaded. Out of sight out of mind. Most recently we handed over some surplus telephones to a woman whose phone had gone on the blink. She was very grateful. And we came away feeling like Good King Wenceslas and his page.
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