Hokay so, I was cruising down the street with a chum past some rubbish bags. Big black bin bags hanging out by a lamp post with one orange transparent recycling bag amongst them. Of course my eye was immediately drawn to the black sheep of the bunch (black sheep - orange recycling bag. Standard comparison) & I almost did a double take - there, inside the bag, was a Grazia magazine! THIS WEEK'S copy! 'What unbelievable luck!' I thought & set to work on ripping open the bag with much glee, only to be confronted with another copy of Grazia...& then another & another...The bag was blaaady well full of the things. Not only Grazia - Hello mags, Men's Health, one about tennis - you name it, it was in the black sheep. I'm not even kidding. I picked up as many as I could manage when my chum was like seeeriously just take the whole bag. So there we go. I returned home with about 30 magazines & a whole lot of appreciation for sheep that are black.
This next story may be a little harder to comprehend. It also involves bin bags, in a manner of speaking. Be prepared.
There was an occasion a while ago which led me to a back alley off a cobbled street in Durham which turned out to be the alley behind Tescos & it's self check-out machines. I was in a photoshoot for a friend's magazine which required me to climb into the big blue wheelie bins. A little strange but completely wonderful because I discovered them to be brimming with Tesco's food.
Packets of biscuits, muffins, loaves of bread, beer cans, pastries, doughnuts, gift bags & loo roll (?!) etc etc. Pretty much all the wonders Tescos have to offer..for free.
Apparently there's only a certain amount of food that Tescos can put on their 'reduced to clear' shelf, but the rest has to be binned. Such an awful waste & in fact really upsetting with all the mouths that could be fed with it. Surely it shouldn't just be put in the bin? But I guess with health regulations it can't be handed out if it's about to go over the sell by date. But still.
My housemates & I, the students & free loaders that we are, have no concern with sell by dates. None at all, so decided to capitalize on the waste & give it the enjoyment it deserves.
Such sweet smelly fun.
Only in your wildest dreams....