Taking Stock - July 28, 2014

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They’re on the table, in the carpet, cluttering up my desk at work, clogging the Hoover and most likely constituting a large part of the dog’s current diet.

They are the brightly coloured, fiddly, sometimes glow in the dark and forever irritating fad currently sweeping the nation.

Yes, I’m talking about Loom Bands.

If you haven’t got childen you’ll probably just have assumed there’d been an explosion in an elastic factory.

If you have got little ones, particularly girls, you’ll know just what I’m on about.

There’s not five minutes goes by without The Munchkin producing yet another intricately fashioned plastic necklace or bracelet.

I’m yet to see the promised claret and blue one but there’s pretty much every other variety under the sun back at Stocks Towers.

Several have been through the wash, some not coming out the other end - I suspect this loom revolution will be a summer bonus for those engaged in white goods repairs.

Of course there have always been crazes when it comes to kids’ toys.

And they’re normally unpredictable, portable and playground friendly.

I remember the banning of yo-yo’s at primary school following a hugely popular giveaway by a popular soft drinks firm.Then there were digital pets – possibly the most annoying of all schoolyard fads. I once threw one out of the window of a train between Edinburgh and Carlisle, ensuring it bleeped it’s last annoying bleep, the cheap Japanese construction surely no match for the speeding 16:20 Waverley to New Street. It wasn’t mine, I hasten to add. I’ve never been much of one for fads - choosing the path of curmudgeon early in life, always preferring a cricket bat to a ninja turtle.

As they go, Loom Bands seems harmless enough.

They’re infinitely tradeble, go pretty much anywhere (and get pretty much anywhere) and don’t cost a packet for a packet.

I just hope these things are biodegradable.

Knowing kids toys, which give spent nuclear fuel a run for it’s money in terms of their longevity, the bands will be around long after the craze has passed. Let’s pray it’s not a looming crisis!