To parents whining about fast food outlets offering toys with food, the word you are looking for is "no". These tactics are not new. In the '40s and '50s football cards were were offered with chewing gum, and toys were put into cereal packets. Our parents knew the word "no", and we respected that word. Fast food once in a while will never hurt anyone. It's about moderation - another word modern parents may like to look up in a dictionary (if they have one).- Glenyse Sims-Ellis, Invermay
Well said, M/s. Sims-Ellis. I like the parenthesised crack about the dictionary in the last sentence. Talk about dripping with sarcasm. And perhaps a little unfair, but in keeping with the tone of the letter.
My favourites were the collectors' cards from Shell (transportation, flowers and trees, animals); stamp packs from AMPOL petroleum; 45 r.p.m. popular records from Golden Fleece service stations; moulded plastic train engines and carriages from Kellogg cereals and the Twisties football cards, which never quite lost the Twisties aroma, or the slightly orange hue.
Geographical note: Invermay is a suburb of Launceston, surely one of Australia's prettiest cities. (That is apropos of nothing. Just thinking out loud.)