The annual poppy season starts each year, like a small trickle as you see the odd person towards the end of October sporting a poppy and they stand out for being so early. However, over the next couple of weeks, the poppies spring up all over the place and suddenly you find yourself noticing the people who aren’t sporting one on their jackets, and wondering why.
Fortunately, poppies are not like Christmas – otherwise the season would probably start in July, which would be awful.
I tend not to buy one before November, but I feel increasingly “naked” as I walk around and see people wearing their tokens and today I saw a poppy seller who could solve my sartorial dilemma.
So, today I brought my annual poppy – or more technically, I made a donation to the Royal British Legion and they gave me a token of thanks – but it still felt like I was buying something rather than making a charitable donation, and that felt slightly wrong.
SUPPORT THIS WEBSITE
This website has been running now for over a decade, and while advertising revenue contributes to funding the website, it doesn't cover the costs. That is why I have set up a facility with DonorBox where you can contribute to the costs of the website and time invested in writing and research for the news articles.
It's very similar to the way The Guardian and many smaller websites are now seeking to generate an income in the face of rising costs and declining advertising.
Whether it's a one-off donation or a regular giver, every additional support goes a long way to covering the running costs of this website, and keeping you regularly topped up doses of Londony news and facts.
If you like what you read on here, then please support the website here.