Stupid All Blacks flags – would I want one on a Rolls-Royce?

Stupid All Blacks flags – would I want one on a Rolls-Royce?

I put some petrol in the Rolls-Royce at BP. When I went to pay I was offered a flag for the All Blacks that I can stick in my window so it flutters in the wind. Do I want to look totally naff? No. Do I have a penchant for guys with large thighs grasping each other’s unmentionables? No. So I refused. And I would have refused even if it was something I was interested in, on principal. You see, I grew up in the cereal-box-toy generation. Every packet of Rice Frosty Corn Bubbles contained a figurine made by a sweatshop labourer and it was very exciting to get to the end of a packet with the anticipation of the next figurine. I’m jaded with the gimmicky ‘free crap with purchase’ thing. It also appalls me that a) these flags are micro-contributors to the coefficient of drags which on a large scale means more fuel consumed unnecessarily, and b) they’re just going to end up in a landfill somewhere where they’re highly unlikely to be biodegradable. I realise point A seems hypocritical based on my choice of transport for the day…600Nm of continent-shifting V8 torque, but I’m sure the All Blacks would be concerned with the environmental impact of all these flags, so here’s the email I’ve sent them for comment. (I’ve also sent a similar message to BP.) Hi I’m addressing the free flags given out by BP that support the All Blacks. At the moment I’ve just mentioned it in my blog, but would like to seek your comment so that I can write a balanced article for the news section on Monday. The issues are that they’re an environmental nightmare – they’ll end up in landfills and they contribute to increased drag and therefore increased fuel consumption. And they look naff, but that’s subjective. Things you could address would be whether the All Blacks have a policy about the environmental impact of the promotional items, and if so, had this been discussed with BP? If not, will you be considering it? I don’t want to paint myself as an environmental nut – hell, I was driving around in a 6.75-litre Rolls-Royce today when I was offered the flag – but I do care about what goes in our landfills. Good luck with the games, by the way. Darren

I put some petrol in the Rolls-Royce at BP. When I went to pay I was offered a flag for the All Blacks that I can stick in my window so it flutters in the wind. Do I want to look totally naff? No. Do I have a penchant for guys with large thighs grasping each other’s unmentionables? No. So I refused. And I would have refused even if it was something I was interested in, on principal. You see, I grew up in the cereal-box-toy generation. Every packet of Rice Frosty Corn Bubbles contained a figurine made by a sweatshop labourer and it was very exciting to get to the end of a packet with the anticipation of the next figurine. I’m jaded with the gimmicky ‘free crap with purchase’ thing. It also appalls me that a) these flags are micro-contributors to the coefficient of drags which on a large scale means more fuel consumed unnecessarily, and b) they’re just going to end up in a landfill somewhere where they’re highly unlikely to be biodegradable. I realise point A seems hypocritical based on my choice of transport for the day…600Nm of continent-shifting V8 torque, but I’m sure the All Blacks would be concerned with the environmental impact of all these flags, so here’s the email I’ve sent them for comment. (I’ve also sent a similar message to BP.) Hi I’m addressing the free flags given out by BP that support the All Blacks. At the moment I’ve just mentioned it in my blog, but would like to seek your comment so that I can write a balanced article for the news section on Monday. The issues are that they’re an environmental nightmare – they’ll end up in landfills and they contribute to increased drag and therefore increased fuel consumption. And they look naff, but that’s subjective. Things you could address would be whether the All Blacks have a policy about the environmental impact of the promotional items, and if so, had this been discussed with BP? If not, will you be considering it? I don’t want to paint myself as an environmental nut – hell, I was driving around in a 6.75-litre Rolls-Royce today when I was offered the flag – but I do care about what goes in our landfills. Good luck with the games, by the way. Darren

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