Ages ago I mentioned that I had subscribed to and was taking part in freecycle. Basically give away what you would otherwise be throwing away – recycling decent stuff for free. I gave away a few things that came up during the house move and it was interesting watching the lists and seeing what came up – “I’ve an old mangle that needs some attention” “Oooooh – been after one of those for ages!”. But about two months ago it all began changing. I was seeing more and more emails asking for things. Not offering which I thought was the principle. And asking not for the odd and unusual but for the costly: car radios, computers, household equipment and things that were just plain expensive. It went from freecycle to free-gimme-gimme. Unsubscribed.