Posted on Friday 7th March 2008 at 00:00
Am I the only one who, having bought something from the supermarket that turns out to be a disappointment, feels compelled to use the offending item, rather than throw it away, in order to avoid being wasteful?

As I type this, there sits on the desk in front of me a steaming mug of what ought to be drinking chocolate, but sadly is not. It is instead a curious drink, made by Cadbury and called Bournvita. Now, I don't wish to imply that there is something wrong with this product; there isn't. The problem lies with the lack of knowledge I had about malt chocolate drinks when I bought it. The colours on the container are similar to those on the bars of caramel dairy milk and in the same way that caramel chocolate bars are like regular chocolate bars, only better, I assumed that Bournvita would prove to be like drinking chocolate, only better.

When I got the stuff home and eagerly tried it, I was bitterly disappointed. It isn't a bad drink I must stress, but it isn't nearly as chocolaty as drinking chocolate nor anything like as satisfying. Unfortunately I bought quite a large tin of the stuff, and now that I have it I'm determined to use it all up before opening up the real stuff. So far I've been at it for 3 months and have managed to work my way through about 1/3 of the tin.

In a similar incident, I recently bought a lemon scented air freshener for my bathroom. It is one of those little gel based jobbies in a plastic shell that sits in the room and gradually fills the air with its lovely scent.

Unfortunately, unlike the previous ones I'd purchased, this one did not smell at all lovely. Quite the reverse in fact. The pong was so intense and so utterly offending to the nostrils that at one point I seriously considered forcing a bowel movement in order to try and improve the smell in the room.

Nonetheless, I had paid for this thing and I was not going to chuck it in the bin so soon after purchase. Fortunately for my nose, the air freshener has worn itself out now and the room has been cleared of its infuriating pong.

I look forward with some trepidation to my next visit to Tesco.

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