God Bless America (revised)

Whilst plodding along the beach this morning, together with countless other early risers I thought how clean and plastic rubbish free the beaches, parks, countryside and most towns are here. Americans, in general appear to love their country, most seem to respect the environment and natural world they live in.

I watched a major sporting event on the TV yesterday, there must have been 100,000 people in the stadium and before the race commenced it appeared that almost everyone in and around the stadium watched and took part in the pre-race programme. This included prayers, a rendition of the national anthem, support for the veterans and an Air Force flypast. Everyone, big and small you could see are respecting these values and traditions. Most of, if not all, sporting events are a family occasion.

Of course, there are a lot of things that are wrong and can be improved upon or negated in America, the gun laws, crime and homelessness in some cities for example. We all have our own view’s, in this area. The funny thing is stories reported in the UK media do not seem to exist here and in the 14 days I’ve been in the US to my knowledge Trump has not been on the TV or in the papers.

I make these observations now because my fellow traveller lives in a town on the south coast of England and he was telling me that the entrance to his allotment is approached down an alley between houses on a school route. This alley is regularly strewn with cans, empty pop bottles, sweet wrappers and crisp packets that the kids just discard without a care for anything or anybody.  The mess is cleaned up by the council once in a while, however, it does’n take long before ……………………… he blames the parents just as much as the kids.

Upon reading this, I wonder if it’s worth publishing these thoughts. Do the general public really care in enough numbers to make a difference, have we gone done the Celebrity, Strictly, PC and me-me culture too far.

Here are some images from the last couple of days – click on an image to enlarge it….