I can justify these randomly-chosen crockery purchases (20p each from Bonfire Society jumble sale): I’m potting up hyacinth or tulips for everyone this Christmas. Whether they like it or not. The Seventies brown and cream earthware dish/ashtray/eyesore (a whole extortionate 50p) is entirely gratuitious, however. Perfect for crisps, and no doubt I will be eating plenty of those over the festive season. Somehow piggery seems more civilised if you put the junk food on an interesting retro plate.