Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Question of Charity.

Ow. OW! A week of squidgyness, a two hour gym fest yesterday leads to much ouchiness today. But no matter, a lunch with the Spaniard should see me right, right?. Assuming I can get dressed. I wonder would anyone notice if I went into town in pale blue jammies and slippers.

But before all that painful dressing and what not I have a question.

Has anyone every heard of the Ray of Light Charity?
I got a sticky posted through my door the other day from said charity,
It read,
"Dear Householder
please donate all types of wearable ladies, gents, children's clothing, blankets, shoes etc, that you have no further use for. All clothes are shipped to under-developed countries to improve their lives and welfare.
PLease support out work.
Please fix the label provided to bags or boxes and place outside your homes in clear view.
The bags will be collected on wednesday.
Collection starts from 9an till 2pm, whatever the weather.
Thank you for caring.
Mobile 086-3267998."

And that was that, but I googled Ray of Light and can't find them anywhere. I've never heard of them and I was wondering has anyone else? The Paramour reckons it's just a chap named 'Ray'.
I suppose I could just ring the number and ask, indeed I may do so after lunch.
Country Gay tell me there are loads of collection charities these days and that many of them are scams. The clothes are often rewashed, labels removed and sold in second hand shops marked off as retro or whatever Not being pissy about it, but if that's the case I'd rather recycle clothing to reputable charities, I like Age Action Ireland for example, and recently I dropped a load of books to Oxfam. I don't mind supporting a charity in any way, but I don't want to support scam artists.
So, Ray of Light? Anyone?



Blogger Twenty Major said...

Ray of cunt, more like.

You should leave out a bag of clothes covered in cat poo.

9:59 a.m.  
Blogger aquaasho said...

I usually don't care if they aren't the most "charitable". I'm just glad to get rid of the stuff when I can. If the man next door wants to take them off my hands and sell them then good luck. :-)

9:59 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I might just leave out a bag of cats.

9:59 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Aye Aisling, but they could be crooks.

10:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodmorning pet,

Please see this link,

There have been many articles about this of late. I have never heard of this charity. You can check with consumer affairs to see if they are a registered charity.


10:01 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fucking Romanians I bet.

10:01 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aisling dude give them in to a charity shop, don't do the genuine poor people out of a few dollars.

Me. Again.

10:05 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mobile phone no is the giveaway - This is not a charity, just a scam.

You're better off dropping them into one of the Mrs. XXXXXX Charity Shops or Oxfam Shops

10:11 a.m.  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

Fuck poor people. Lazy cunts.

10:12 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

That's what I figured. Unscrupulous lot.

10:13 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Shut it you. I've been poor, it's was no bloody picnic. Couldn't afford the basket.

10:14 a.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Of course they're a charity - they give free plastic bags when you have to pay for them in the shops. I used to get hundreds of them in the letterbox. Used them to line the kitchen bin. Old clothes went in the yellow bin at Superquinn or Oxfam.

10:21 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I had a look at the link Nonny provided, total scam artists. Down with that sort of thing.
Conan I've used the yellow collection bins too.

10:23 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It's all here too. Golly, they're very well organised.

10:30 a.m.  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

Shut it you. I've been poor, it's was no bloody picnic. Couldn't afford the basket.

I meant the ones in Africa and stuff.

10:39 a.m.  
Blogger 5thy said...

I know more than one household who know full well these guys aren't doing anyone any good but themselves, but still gladly put all their old gear out for them; they just can't be arsed bringing them to a proper charity/recycling bin & see it as a free disposal service.

1:23 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Off topic, have you read the Gathering, I read it last night and was left wondering what all the fuss was about, what did yee think off it?


1:46 p.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

Ray of Light, eh? Looks like Madonna has fallen on hard times again.


2:34 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

Anon - The Gathering - cliched, done before, and much better, loads of times. A great big disappointment. Like painting by numbers.

2:50 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with country gay, I get loads of these stickers through my door every week for various charities and most of them are scamolas. I will stick with bringing my stuff to a charity shop.

3:21 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

It's a common practice in the 'hood to put whatever you don't want on your lawn for people to take. Clothes, furniture, appliances, bikes, etc.
Most strange.

4:40 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep Miss Shebah, I don’t mean to disrespect the good lady especially as books like most things are subjective and it was a hell of an achievement to do so well but I was kinda like what in the fraggels cock was the blue peter badge for.


5:00 p.m.  
Anonymous problemchildbride said...

I loved The Gathering Nonny. Not so much for its subject - your right, abuse and drinking in a large Irish family is a bit of tired trope - but for the way it was written. There were many flat out gorgeous passages in there and Anne Enright is a really nimble writer.

I have my copy right here as it happens and I let the book fall open at a random page to see if I could show you what I mean. The phrase that most grabbed me on the page was "the dour narcissism of the ordinary man". There's a whole lot of examples from all our lives that we can point to that that description would fit - it's a universal statement but it's presented in such a wholly fresh way.

Fresh and Russian-gymnast-nimble in her words and ideas is how i think of Enright. I really liked The Gathering.

5:53 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah maybe thats what it is Sam, the topic as opposed to the content. Although the fact that is written about so much is a sad testiment to level of abuse that goes on and indeed the horrendous consquences. On the whole I thought some parts were grossly inappropiate or perverse maybe, talking about your nanny doing the bold thing and such. One thing that certainly stood out was her original use of language and it was funny in parts, taking out condoms instead of smokes springs to mind. Perhaphs I am being mean.

6:09 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't spell check, sorrwee.

6:14 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

Re the Gathering- the subject and content are as important as the style of writing, and that is not enough to carry this book with it's hackneyed, unimaginative theme. There is a whole slew of Irish writers who have been there, done that - better. Ireland has moved on, time for more modern and new writing ideas. I think I guessed the ending by the second or third chapter, so the actual craft of the writing was not enough to carry it. It's like painting an ancient, decrepit bicycle with gold plated paint - a waste. I think foreigners would like the book more than Irish people, as we are tired of the constant portrayal of the same old "oirish" cliches.

9:57 a.m.  

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