It’s amazing what you can buy in the Pound Shop. Cheap and cheerful is definitely the order of the day. My Dell laptop was priced at a mere £250. I got five years of mileage from it before it broke down. There was the option to fix, but the price of a new one meant it just wasn’t worth it. And that’s when the seismic shift of the modern world dawned on me: when there’s an issue with something we don’t fix it anymore – we simply bin it and replace it. It’s quicker, easier, and, most importantly, cheaper. Mega industries, standardised production and dehumanised assembly lines now generate gadgets, clothes, furniture, appliances, and a plethora of other commodities by the lorry load. The subsequent economies of scale obliterate the market value and pump out endless varieties of options to capture our imagination. It’s the culture of constantly changing consumption, and it’s fast spilling over into other parts of life.