From Red Bull drinkers….may the good Lord deliver us!
It is not my intention to use this blog as a forum for ranting, but I do have a serious issue with some of the Red Bull-quaffing members of our society. Back in 2008, to celebrate my retirement, I cycled form Land’s End to John O’Groats and, in the process, did a relatively detailed study of over 1000 miles of this country’s roadside verges. Of the drinks cans discarded in the hedgerows (of which there were many), by far the majority were Red Bull cans. This led me to zip off an irate letter to the Guardian (which they duly published) suggesting that an environmental tax be levied on Red Bull drinkers, or that something be done to make them (or the company) accountable for the appalling amount of litter in our countryside.
Just a few days ago, when out riding the tandem with my wife, we climbed a short hill a few miles from our home. The ascent was steep but the length of climb was no more than 100 metres. As we laboured to the top, my attention was caught by not one…not two…..not three….not four…..but five Red Bull cans on the verge. In other words, one discarded can every 20 metres. This raised a lot of questions in my mind. Five different drinkers, or the same drinker discarding his/her can on the same stretch? Are these boy-racers who speed along country lanes keeping themselves stoked up on caffeine to intensify the experience? Or are they exhausted company-reps dashing from one meeting to the next, keeping themselves awake as they drive excessive mileage in pursuit of unrealistic business targets? Who are these people…………..?
Am I alone in my grievances against these environmental hooligans? What if this ‘little rant’ were to go viral and the sheer weight of public opinion were to bear down on these offenders? What if……..?