Where have all the Poppies gone?

Baz44

War Hero
#1
Hmm now is it me?
Having returned this weekend from a month or so out the country, I walked across London today and could count on one hand the number of people wearing the afore mentioned Poppy.
Last week while I was in Germany, of all places I had and was wearing a poppy as part of my own remembrance to the fallen. Funny it caused many questions yet nothing adverse from a single person. Most felt it right and proper the fallen should be remembered insuch a symbolic way.

With less than 7 days until the 11th November I am surprised at what appears to be such a general lack of interest this year, by the general public at large.

So my question is a simple one - where have all the poppies gone?

Cheers
 
#2
At my kids school, they are making positive efforts to encourage the children to wear a poppy and are making a big thing of it this week.

I must admit however, a distinct lack of poppies on the streets. What really p*ssed me off however was a certain famous retired Colonel (He can remain nameless but he knows who he is) on TV last week, talking about the troops and NOT wearing a poppy. Doesn't exactly set an example for the civvies does it?
 
#3
RBL out in force in Oldham this weekend. Lots of poppys been worn.
 
#4
Baz44 said:
Hmm now is it me?
Having returned this weekend from a month or so out the country, I walked across London today and could count on one hand the number of people wearing the afore mentioned Poppy.
Last week while I was in Germany, of all places I had and was wearing a poppy as part of my own remembrance to the fallen. Funny it caused many questions yet nothing adverse from a single person. Most felt it right and proper the fallen should be remembered insuch a symbolic way.

With less than 7 days until the 11th November I am surprised at what appears to be such a general lack of interest this year, by the general public at large.

So my question is a simple one - where have all the poppies gone?

Cheers
I would love to know how much money was donated in 1999 and how much money will be donated in 2006. I think it is a quiet revolution- sadly it will affect the wrong people. Unpopular point of view and very painful for me to state -so please feel free to correct me if I am wrong- I will not argue this one. I really don't want to post this point- I am Sorry so set me straight someone quick: :oops:
 
#5
poppy selling in manchester this weekend, we went through nearly 2000 more poppies than the equivalent weekend last year, although did find a fair amount of people saying they had been trying to get one for a few days unsuccesfully as they just hadnt seen any.
 

Baz44

War Hero
#6
So is it a lack of sellers or interest?
I have missed the run up this year so really cannot work out which!

Cheers
 

chimera

LE
Moderator
#7
Plenty of sellers at the London mainline rail termini this morning.
 
#8
chimera said:
Plenty of sellers at the London mainline rail termini this morning.
Other than me and another couple of chaps (only one seen in action) i haven't seen that many sellers out at the tube stations in the City, did see a veteran at waterloo on sun sat tho seemed to be doing a roaring trade.

Dudders
 
#9
Just five minutes ago bought a poppy from Henry Allingham, 110 year old survivor of Jutland. Amazing to think soneone who was 5 when Queen Victoria died can get out and sell them but people 1/5 of his age can't be bothered.

Amazing guy


GCM
 
#10
I think a lot of the actual wearing is due to the design of the poppy and modern fashion.
The original concept was for a buttonhole as in the days that it was designed men wore suits and occaisionally put a flower on their lapel.
That was about 1919 and the place was bloody cold in November and very little central heating to cause you to take your suit jacket off.

Fast forward to 2006. Most businesses are dropping the collar and tie and suit to work dress code. Where I work looks like a gardeners convention with T Shirts being the norm (and yes it is a FTSE 250 Company). The problem is there is nowhere to put the poppy and frankly no-one wants to add a pin to their shirt.

I don't know what the answer is but we need to get either a cost effective redesign. Tie tacs don't work we need something that needs replacing every year. The Jock poppy is slightly better as it has an integral pin.

Ideas on a postcard anyone?
 
#11
western said:
I don't know what the answer is but we need to get either a cost effective redesign. Tie tacs don't work we need something that needs replacing every year. The Jock poppy is slightly better as it has an integral pin.

Ideas on a postcard anyone?
Just make them stickers...then you can slap one on to whichever part of your body you choose.
 
#12
I was shopping in Birmingham on Saturday and credit where it is due, The local council had placed large poppies onto the council house and other prominent buildings and there were loads of young sellers walking around in pairs one with a large banner and one selling. There were loads on poppies on display. Well done Brum
 
#13
Western
I agree the Poppy is not suited to modern dress codes. I must admit I am always losing mine so I buy a couple spare which of course means i spend more! But RBL must re-market this. It may be that people buy them and loose them or find it so difficult to keep it in place on modern clothes. This really misses the point though it needs to be seen to be seen to support Remembrance Day. Do we have any RBL comment on this?
 
B

Blapto

Guest
#14
Almost nobody on the streets in London. I did mention this to the seller at Oxford Circus tube station and he said "Well, most of the people who used to sell them last year have died."
 
#15
There is a poppy seller at the corner of Ludgate Hill and Farringdon Road
 
#16
DodgerH and myself have been out selling poppies today and last sat, will be out again tomorow and the weekend.

I think the lack of poppies is due to the lack of volunteers, weve had hundreds of people saying they just couldnt get hold of a poppy.

As for the design, we have got normal poppies, tie pins and stickers for the kids. Only other suggestion would be to get a velcro one!

Dont forget your car stickers and tax disc holders!!!!!!!
 
#17
Blapto said:
Almost nobody on the streets in London. I did mention this to the seller at Oxford Circus tube station and he said "Well, most of the people who used to sell them last year have died."
Fellas, its easy, find a book called 'Yellow Pages' or yell.com on line, get the number of your local RBL and do as I did, get off your arrse, speak to them, volunteer your time, and on the weekend , go and sell some poppies to Joe Public.

Instad of saying 'oh i cant find anyone selling them' go and do it yourself!!

Before I get bombarded with comments like, "I have a real job to do" or "no time to spare" my reply will be 'bollicks' Im in Civ Div now and even when I was serving, I made a point of speaking the RBL to see what help they need.

The RBL needs help, they are not getting any younger and I found out the other day, you dont even need to be ex service to join them, just remember that the least you can do is give up a few hours and sell some poppies................too many good lads have given the ultimate for this country...they could have families that need help, or indeed those ex serving who also need help, I never quote yanks, but a president said once, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.


Rant Over, paste up, move back to 300, dont forget the phone.
 
#18
emptyeye said:
Blapto said:
Almost nobody on the streets in London. I did mention this to the seller at Oxford Circus tube station and he said "Well, most of the people who used to sell them last year have died."
Fellas, its easy, find a book called 'Yellow Pages' or yell.com on line, get the number of your local RBL and do as I did, get off your arrse, speak to them, volunteer your time, and on the weekend , go and sell some poppies to Joe Public.

Instad of saying 'oh i cant find anyone selling them' go and do it yourself!!

Before I get bombarded with comments like, "I have a real job to do" or "no time to spare" my reply will be 'bollicks' Im in Civ Div now and even when I was serving, I made a point of speaking the RBL to see what help they need.

The RBL needs help, they are not getting any younger and I found out the other day, you dont even need to be ex service to join them, just remember that the least you can do is give up a few hours and sell some poppies................too many good lads have given the ultimate for this country...they could have families that need help, or indeed those ex serving who also need help, I never quote yanks, but a president said once, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.


Rant Over, paste up, move back to 300, dont forget the phone.
emptyeye,
Well done mucka, I am sat here ashamed that i haven't done just that. A few hours isn't much is it? and I will be getting out there to help next year.
 
#19
TheBigUn said:
emptyeye said:
Blapto said:
Almost nobody on the streets in London. I did mention this to the seller at Oxford Circus tube station and he said "Well, most of the people who used to sell them last year have died."
Fellas, its easy, find a book called 'Yellow Pages' or yell.com on line, get the number of your local RBL and do as I did, get off your arrse, speak to them, volunteer your time, and on the weekend , go and sell some poppies to Joe Public.

Instad of saying 'oh i cant find anyone selling them' go and do it yourself!!

Before I get bombarded with comments like, "I have a real job to do" or "no time to spare" my reply will be 'bollicks' Im in Civ Div now and even when I was serving, I made a point of speaking the RBL to see what help they need.

The RBL needs help, they are not getting any younger and I found out the other day, you dont even need to be ex service to join them, just remember that the least you can do is give up a few hours and sell some poppies................too many good lads have given the ultimate for this country...they could have families that need help, or indeed those ex serving who also need help, I never quote yanks, but a president said once, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.


Rant Over, paste up, move back to 300, dont forget the phone.
emptyeye,
Well done mucka, I am sat here ashamed that i haven't done just that. A few hours isn't much is it? and I will be getting out there to help next year.
Ha haa emptyeye put what i was trying to say!!!!!!!

and dont wait til next year, call them today!!!!!!

Even if you dont have the time to sell the poppies, call them up and ask for a few boxes of poppies and take them round to your local spar/late shop, post office, wok etc Takes up less time and does just as much!
 
#20
I live in Newcastle and i have struggled to find somewhere selling any poppies, and its only today that ive found some in the canteen at the office, where i promptly got a load for the office, where no-one else has been wearing them.
And yes i did make a donation.
...And to go O/T i am against the idea of any poppy colour other then red
 

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