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Delighted to flash the plastic

Three cheers for plastic. Absolutely not for the interminable plastic packaging which encloses everything, nor for the ubiquitous supermarket bags - all of which are seriously overloading our landfill sites.

And definitely not for the bank cards, credit cards or loyalty cards with which we are bombarded through advertising.

No, I am referring to the little blue card issued by the DRD (Department for Regional Development) - the Senior Smart Pass.

I'm not aware of whose idea it was, but I would like to thank the innovators. It has given me and, no doubt, many others an enormous new freedom to travel.

This piece of plastic is the most valuable possession in my purse.