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Dad, can we see Greta the Movie?

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THE documentary movie about Greta Thunberg, I Am Greta, opened in British cinemas yesterday. Devoted followers of the Swedish climate campaigner were eager to see it …

‘Are we nearly there, Dad?’ 

– ‘Just be quiet in the back, please.’

‘But Dad, we’re going to be late. I Am Greta starts at 8.30pm.’ 

– ‘I know. We’re not far away.’

‘But Dad, you said it’s important for us to see the film because it shows how one campaigning teenager is helping to save the planet and we should follow her example.’

– ‘That’s right. The BBC reviewer loved it. He called it “a coming-of-age movie wrapped up in a super-hero flick”. Now be quiet, children. And no, you can’t eat your ethically-sourced popcorn yet.’

‘Dad, where are we seeing the film?’

– ‘The Odeon, Surrey Quays.’

‘Dad, we’ve just gone past Surrey Quays.’

– ‘Oh, er … never mind, it’s on at the Odeon in Greenwich as well. We’ll head there.’

‘Dad, are we nearly there?’

– ‘Will you stop distracting me? ’

‘But Dad, we’ve just gone past Greenwich.’

– ‘Let me check my map.’

‘Dad, you remember you said we mustn’t betray Greta’s principles when we went to the cinema?’ 

– ‘That’s right. We must do as she tries to do.’

‘But Dad, are you sure it was a good idea to leave the car at home and take us along the Thames in this little sailing boat to reduce our carbon footprint? Its getting really rough out there!’

– ‘Just tighten your lifejackets. You didn’t hear Greta moaning when she crossed the Atlantic by yacht to avoid a planet-polluting jet flight, did you?’

‘Dad, I feel seasick.’

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Weaver Sheridan
Weaver Sheridan is an amateur local historian and wannabe best-selling novelist.

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