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I HAVE just returned from a very enjoyable holiday with relatives in Germany.

During my stay I noticed a few cultural differences, although there were many more things that we have in common. But the one huge difference I noticed was litter.

No matter where I went in Germany, in the spectacular countryside, the quaint old towns, or even the modern cities rebuilt after the war, there was a remarkable absence of litter. When I asked my relatives, they said it is simply that the German people do not tolerate littering – for them it is a social taboo. Now I’m back home the amount of litter here makes me ashamed to be English.

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