"What a perfect metaphor for the ills of developed Western economies", I thought, stepping into an imaginary pulpit and wringing my hands in a very real and sincere way. Uncaring, no thought for tradition and instant gratification at all costs. Students, eh.
And speaking of profligacy, I have just printed out an email which ran into two pages but with just one sentence on the second page. "What a waste of a sheet of paper", I tutted. Then I read the meagre contents of sheet two: "Please think of the environment before printing out this email".
Damn. I've buggered the environment at the same time as ordering a piece of Chinese electronic hardware which can only hasten the end of our unsustainable Western Consumerist non-manufacturing bubble.
Still. an iPhone 4s eh? How cool is that? Just need to hone my explanation for when Mrs Rine returns from up North.