Belfast Telegraph

Some people are full of hot air

By Nuala McKeever

Sometimes you get a glimpse into other people's lives and think, "Oh I wish I had what they have". I had such a moment last week.

But it wasn't money or status I envied. It was the blissfulness of ignorance.

I was buying some solid fuel at a local garage. I commented to the sales guy, a bit cheekily, that they ought not to be selling smokey coal to houses here in the smokeless zone, to which he replied, "Smokeless zone? Load o'rubbish. Sure it all goes up in the air! What are they on about?!"

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