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shutter
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What a waste

Every year, farmers grow fields of pumpkins, in the hope of selling them off to garden centres, supermarkets , and other "bulk buyers"....so that they can then make a killing on selling them to the gullible public for Halloween ( a yankee institution that should not have crossed the pond )

No problem with the growing... or the distribution.... but.. what happens to all those fields of pumpkins that have not been sold ?   best case scenario, I suppose, is they get ploughed back into the ground for next years crops.

OK... again.. no problem with that.. but it must be a hell of a waste of time and effort for the farms to be doing that year on year..Mismanagement ?  possibly...

now we come to the "retail side" of things... those that have been bought by the supermarkets and garden centres... but did not sell them all... what happens to them?  again.. poor management.. but it is not easy to predict  one off annual sales of single items.. so, you must tend to "over order".. and keep your fingers crossed.. but when it all goes wrong... and, as I saw today, at our local garden centre, about 150 pumpkins just lying about, going rotten, because now, nobody wants them...

such a waste of time .... effort.... transport... wages... and of course it is a food waste also..

maybe some pig farmer will be getting them cheap... but... still a waste ...

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@shutter wrote:

...so that they can then make a killing on selling them to the gullible public for Halloween ( a yankee institution that should not have crossed the pond )


Wholeheartedly agree with that!

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http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2015/10/watch-why-halloweens-really-british/

https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/origin-of-halloween/

 

Holloween is actually pagan British and trick and treat was Scottish,  we used to carve turnips ( neeps in Scotland )  and halloween was taken to USA by irish.. agree about the commercialisation of it though,  which would be where the Yanks came in....

 

All the fuss the yanks make about Christmas and only get one day holiday ( Christmas day ) and their main celebration is Thanksgiving..

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I hate hallowe'en. Trick or treet sounds a bit like demanding money with menaces to me!

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A lot of pumpkins end up going to zoos to give the resident aminals something different food-wise, the rest processed into animal feed or composted, because as food for humans, they're actually pretty useless as they're bred for size and numbers, meaning they're bland, wet and not very nutritious (and believe me, I've tried using them for cooking with, and once all the water's extracted from the pulp to use in something like a soup or pumpkin pie, there's naff all left!), but yes, they are an absolute waste of resources...

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Also @shutter all that pulp mentioned by @twocvbloke going to waste and having to be disposed of (see my rubbish topic) after they have been hollowed out by gawd knows how many thousands.

So a waste from beginning to end with land lost to growing food folks might actually eat, and paid for with money used to buy the damn things.

Still, the farmers and supermarkets are happy.. and the kids 😃


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@Baldrick1 wrote:

I hate hallowe'en.


One thing I do like about it...........

Here anyway.......a few families put out "spooky" decorations on the day. A few more put out a light or something as a come and get a sweet signal. Then by eight or earlier it's all over.

That's the bit I like. A quick few hours fizz on one day and it's gone for another year.

Unlike many other annoyances which drag on and on and.....................

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I like Hallowe'en.

I buy a tub of sweets to hand out to the kids and I usually have 1/2 left......for me 😎.

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I don't remember celebrating Halloween back in the 60's and 70's as the emphasis used to be on Guy Fawkes night. I remember each year being handed an old jumper, trousers, balaclava and socks of my dad's then stuffing them with newspapers before sowing them all together. After adding a mask to the balaclava we used to take it to the end of the road each day for a week 'penny for the Guying'. The money went to a charity. Then one of the family would have a huge bonfire with the guy placed on top. We were allowed sparklers while enjoying baked potatoes and sausages.

 

The last time I saw a 'guy' (late 90's) it was a football with a mask on it in a pram! When I asked what they were collecting for I was told their mum's Xmas present🙄 Needless to say I didn't throw any money at them.

 

As for pumpkins SWMBO makes a thick soup out of them - not to my taste, though.

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@Strat wrote:

I like Hallowe'en.

I buy a tub of sweets to hand out to the kids

 

 



and you call yourself a Yokshuman Huh   ( insert 3 shocked chinaman emoticons ! ) 

 


@Strat wrote:

and I usually have 1/2 left......for me 😎.


 

Part of you must be, I suppose ! ! ! ...  ( insert guffawing chinaman emoticon)

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@billnotben wrote:

@Baldrick1 wrote:

I hate hallowe'en.


One thing I do like about it...........

Here anyway.......a few families put out "spooky" decorations on the day. A few more put out a light or something as a come and get a sweet signal. Then by eight or earlier it's all over.

Unlike many other annoyances which drag on and on and.....................


That's what we do, and by about 8pm we have either run out of sweets or the bigger kids have started appearing,  either one is a signal to shut up the sweet shop, draw the curtains and have a cuppa ..... I am amazed that the younger ones who come around escorted by their parents never seem to have been given a bag or container by their parents to carry anything they are 'treated' with,  so we end up doling out bags as well as sweets. 

 

One thing I have noticed is how often it rains on Halloween, it isn't a problem for the spooks because it will just go right through them, but the kids sometimes get a real soaking....

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I always seem to get one little trick or Treater who, when offered the box of sweets, goes in like a JCB Digger.

I give them an "are you for real" look and they put some back, which is rewarded with a smile.

 

@shutter I'm a born and bred Yorkshireman who has mellowed with age.

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@Strat wrote:

 

 

@shutter I'm a born and bred Yorkshireman who has mellowed with age.


 

Ditto..... but maybe we have been " ground down"  by society, along the way ... or is that what you meant by "mellowed with age"  ?????  ( chinaman winking emoticon)

 

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We've found that putting the bolt down on our front gates at night works. 

Something we do anyway, but it does mean we do not have to buy and then share any sweets we might have bought, or be bothered by little tykes dressed in black bin liners.

"Are there no prisons, are there no workhouses?" 

No poppy sellers, nobody trying to sell Jesus, and Santa can sod off as well!

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Oh yes good one the other day.

Just on our way out to do some shopping and a guy wearing a yellow tabard with GOSH on it raising money for that hospital - which is all well and good, but whilst chatting it turned out he wanted us to sign up for regular payments by giving over our bank details. 

Err, I don't think so matey.  


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@Minivanman wrote:

Oh yes good one the other day.

Just on our way out to do some shopping and a guy wearing a yellow tabard with GOSH on it raising money for that hospital - which is all well and good, but whilst chatting it turned out he wanted us to sign up for regular payments by giving over our bank details. 

Err, I don't think so matey.  


Yeah,  we have had a few  'charity people'  with a tablet call at the door and try to get bank details for 'regular' payments,  they don't get far.... they look well dressed and  honest enough and have a card hanging around their neck with their photo on it,  but anyone who goes door to door expecting bank details to be forthcoming must be living an cuckoo land.  

Rather than get arsy and say 'are you for real'  I normally reel off a list of charities we already support ( LOL ) and say I feel as though we already give enough....