Saw this beautiful piece of administrative incompetence at the end of my road. I get confused when I reach the road junction now.

On a more tragic note I have just learned that Opal Fruits (Made to make your mouth water) are no longer Opal Fruits but Starburst. This is very sad. I don’t know which is sadder; the fact that I only found out from reading a book published in 2003 that I got second-hand at the local Emmaus in 2017 or that I really liked Opal Fruits and know instinctively and viscerally that I will not like Starburst should I be given the opportunity to try them one day. The author of this book illustrates the correct use of commas with this, “The four refreshing fruit flavours of Opal Fruits are orange, lemon, strawberry, and lime.” A little later on page 83 she adds, “What a loss to the language it was, incidentally, when they changed the name of Opal Fruits to Starburst.” I agree wholeheartedly. And while we’re at it bring back the Marathon bar.

The book is Eats, Shoots & Leaves – The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss.

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  1. Can’t believe you have only just found out about Opal Fruits….and you are right, you will hate Starburst as they don’t make your mouth water, instead they leave a nasty overbearing claggy sweetness – yuk!

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