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Monday, September 26, 2011


I am always unreasonably shocked when I find out how far divorced most people are from the realities of the natural world. But this takes the proverbial biscuit...

Most holiday makers taking a stroll around a working harbour might expect to see the odd fish. But when David Copp came across a fishing trawler moored in Ilfracombe Harbour he took great offence and complained about the “disgusting” smell.

The 46-year-old was outraged that his children, aged seven and nine, had been forced to endure the sight of 12 crates of dead fish and crabs, piled up on the quayside. He said the ordeal had left them “quite distressed” and demanded to know why the harbourmaster was not more considerate to tourists.

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Dale Drinnon said...

If you can't stand the smell of dead fish, why then keep out of the harbour!

If you really want to smell something disgusting, have your sewer lines cut and dump all your bathroom waste directly underneath your house, and sit on it for about a year. We had to put up with that at our house not so long ago and it was no picnic. but it does make one very much aware of what one's bodily waste is doing to the environment.

Best Wishes, Dale D.

Geordie-dave said...

A harbour in the U.K that still lands fish? Good Gad Sir! Do not tell the E.U or they will shut it down in a trice!

Syd said...

David Copp is most likely one of the many morons today, who think that milk, pork chops, fish fillets, etc., are manufactured by companies like ICI.