Books replace adult mags in IOW literacy drive

Isle of Wight council has embarked on an ambitious scheme to improve the levels of literacy in the island’s youth by replacing all adult magazines found in bushes and hedgerows with works of literature.

 Spearheading the campaign is Shanklin parish councillor Terry Sharpe. “I was walking through a local playground and spotted a group of kids excitedly poking through some bushes.” Said Councillor Sharpe, “They fled as I approached, leaving behind a well-thumbed copy of Razzle, circa 1997.”

 “That’s when the idea came to me.” He continued. “Why not get the little buggers reading something decent instead of this filth? So I carefully pocketed the mag for safe keeping and replaced it with a Maeve Binchy novel that I happened to have upon my person.”

 Within days of unveiling his scheme, volunteers from throughout the island were combing parks, playing fields and country lanes for old ‘specialist interest’ periodicals. “I’ve bagged three copies of Men Only, a few Mayfairs and an Exchange and Mart – just in case.” Said mag-hunter Mavis Crisp. “I can only imagine the delight in those little kiddies’ faces when they pick up the collections of short stories or prose poetry I’ve left in their place.”

 So keen is Councillor Sharpe to, quite literally, spread the word, that he has even agreed to dispose of any adult magazines himself. “Just send them to me and I’ll take care of them.” He said. “But no more copies of FHM please – it’s gone a bit tame recently.”

 (Written 13 Jan 2009 – one of my first attempts to cash in on Newsbiscuit’s Isle of Wight fixation!)

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