They say plastic lingers in the natural environment for years, and they’re not kidding. Here was a packet of crisps from my childhood, indeed one I might have saved up tokens for myself before sticking them (along with a 65p postal order) into an envelope. The world has spun thousands of times since 1974, and yet here was a wrapper still mostly intact, its special offer still legible, washed up on the shore as if only recently thrown away.

Diamond Geezer visits Cliffe Fort (so you don’t have to)


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