I’ve been a little frivolous recently. Listen To Musak’s been a bit frothy of late. Pot snacks, presentation tips, Bifidus Digestivum and the like. Yet here at Listen Towers we really have a serious side. It’s not all reboot your train and Sir Terry here. I do care about important things and some events that are worth mentioning don’t want to be made light of. When something is worth noting it can appear a little disingenuous amongst the nonsense that is written here but you mustn’t take it that way.
I missed the news that was announced while I was travelling yesterday: Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop and campaigner for a more ethical way to trade, had died, suddenly, of a brain haemorrhage. I was listening to Dame Anita on the radio a couple of weeks ago talking about ways in which people can start their own business and describing – with great passion – how she had started The Body Shop. I recall thinking how, more than 30 years after she started, her enthusiasm still shone through.
I have always found it a little strange how, at a moment like this, you can feel so moved about somebody you had never met. Although my only connection was as a purchaser of little bottles of blue liquid to wash with I do feel sad that somebody so passionate should have passed on. My thoughts are with her family.