I know… how random is that?
And please don’t start singing about Ernie or giving me a mental image of Benny Hill. I am serious about this rage towards milk floats.
Seriously, they do my head in. What is the point of a milk float anymore?
Okay so I know people might like to still have their milk delivered (my lovely in laws *waves at Hopalong and Lady B*) by the milkman but here is my gripe. Milkmen used to deliver in the middle of the night, or first thing in the morning. Hell I went out with a milkman when I lived in Essex and he used to go straight to the depot after a lock in at the pub and start his round at 3am.
So the idea of a milk float chugging round the county at 3am delivering milk or orange juice onto door steps so that it was cold and fresh for the morning cuppa is quite romantic. I like that idea.
But at 8am? Who wants milk delivered at 8am? Anybody commuting has gone to work, leaving their milk on their doorstep until they get home at 7pm. And anybody who is retired is up, dressed and onto the second pot by 7am so wants the fresh milk at 6am.
I regularly crawl along behind a milk float on my school run. Doing 20 miles an hour on a country road with a speed limit of 50mph. The tailbacks are epic. And it doubles the time of my school run.
I wouldn’t mind if he was delivering to the majority of the houses along that road. Chugging and stopping means we could over take him. No. He is just chugging because the deliveries he has to do are so spread out now that his milk round is enormous.
If dairies do insist on continuing milk rounds, after all I don’t want to see Cyril or Eric (and that is another point, they have their names on the front of them, why is that?) out of work, could they not consider a Prius? Presumably milk floats are electric as they were cheap to run and silent? Well so is a Prius.
And a Prius has a top speed of about 110mph. Now THAT is the kind of milk float we need in 2013. Not the out dated snail pace van I normally find myself behind.
This is my rant for this week. Please do click on to the links from other people who are joining in with my Ranty Friday.