Post by Btms Post by Vicky Ayech
According to Countryfile water companies use rivers as alternative
sewage outlets, and this has been getting worse in recent years. They
had to do some detective work to prove it. Is it possible that the
pollution is not all Brian's fault? It was shown as in the
Oxfordshire/Gloucester area. The pollution was definitely some kind of
dumping, wasn't it?
There is that bit in Dickens Hard Times, where he describes the river in
Coketown (aka Stoke on Trent) running purple because if the waste from the
Preston, not Stoke. He based Hard Times on his experiences while
reporting on a cotton mill strike in Preston. The description of the
river piles on allusions to references to the Styx in classical mythology.
Hard Times isn't one of his monuments. It starts brilliantly and
descends very rapidly into silliness. It's no Bleak House or Little Dorrit.
So its an old well established iniquity.