Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dust If You Must and PM10

And here’s a poem that caught my eye in the WF&R Greening Newsletter. There are quite a few versions of it around the interwebby but the original is credited to Rose Milligan of Lancaster.
Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
To paint a picture or write a letter,
Bake a cake or plant a seed.
Ponder the difference between want and need.

Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
Music to hear and books to read,
Friends to cherish and a life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come around again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go and go you must,
You, yourself, will make more dust.

Remember, a house becomes a home when you can write “I love you” on the furniture….
However, there is a much more serious side to this subject – airborne pollution in the form of PM10 particulate matter. This stuff is produced mainly by engine emissions along with tyre and brake wear and can exacerbate respiratory conditions in the elderly and very young. It is what the box outside the new flats at Fullwelll Cross roundabout and opposite the New Fairlop Oak is measuring. It is also what Boris or TfL has been gluing to the road surface in a couple of trial sites in London.

Air quality in London is apparently not good. Here’s the Campaign for Clean Air in London and below are a couple of Carolines at an Air Quality demo in April with their dusters.


  1. I've always hated dusting. My mother-in-law dusted the whole house every day but did very little else. At last I have justification!

    1. My much-loved late ma-in-law always used to say that if she saw a cobweb in her home she would read a book to take her mind off it. The poem quoted could have been her motto.

  2. Talking of air pollution, a recent survey for the London Borough of Wandsworth about air pollution in Putney high Street found that despite buses representing just 10% of traffic flow they caused over 66% of NoX air pollution and 21% of PM10's.

    OK, not Ilford / Redbridge, but I am willing to bet that similar results would be found if this was investigated here as well.