Tesco Troubles

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I see that Tesco in Stokes Croft, north Bristol has reopened. Well I hope they’ve learnt their lesson. Nearly 300 people expressed their dissatisfaction with the store in what has been termed a riot. I have to say that some of the actions did seem to go a bit far. Of course its annoying when you find your favourite brand of pickled Korean cabbage isn’t available. Or that there are only five sizes of baked beans on the shelves. But I’m sure a word with the manager would have sorted things out. I gather that the absence of any cooked meats caused several of the protesters to start fires in an effort to cook their own. What a resourceful race we are. One possible contributor to the riot was that prior to the opening of the store some 2,500 people had taken the trouble to send postcards to the council. These were, presumably, some kind of mass shopping list, items they wanted stocked in the new store. Of course, when people discovered they hadn’t been listened to they were more than a little cross. Maybe next time it would be better to send them to Tesco – or just shop at Sainsburys!

Torres & THAT wedding

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It’s strange, I didn’t see Torres at the Royal Wedding, and they didn’t make any mention of him on television, but he must have been there. I mean the sound of the crowd told me that. It was just the same, well maybe a little bit less loud, as when he scored his first goal for Chelsea, the other Saturday. Maybe to fill in time while all the boring bits were going on, they put on a replay of that goal. It would make sense. I must have missed it. I expected to see something in the papers, but no. It was all dresses and hats and uniforms. There wasn’t a blue strip to be seen. Well apart from the police. Still I was glad for him. It was a fine goal and deserved to be seen again. Two billion people, just think of that! Wayne Rooney eat your heart out.

Sock Market Crisis


Sock Market Crisis
I’m very worried about what I feel could be a new world crisis. It’s all to do with what’s happening in the sock market. I don’t know the whole situation – worldwide I mean – but if Fulham and Chelsea (London boroughs) are anything to go by then the sock market is in trouble.
Certainly as far as my own researches and observations are concerned socks look to be pricing themselves out of the market.
Quite clearly people can’t afford them any more. My evidence for this is the increasing number of people who, even with the onset of winter, are not wearing socks. And it’s not as if they are wearing the dreaded sandals (although far too many are), no I’m talking about men (and women) wearing brogues, trainers, loafers, even granddad’s old hob nailed boots without the benefit of socks. And the only reason I can see for this is that, un-noticed by the world’s media, the price of socks must have gone through the roof, to a point where people have had to choose between putting food in their mouths or socks on their feet.
I have to admit I’m worried. While I have a plentiful supply of socks at the moment – colours to match trousers, thickness to match different shoe types – some of them are old and need replacing. I think if the crisis deepens I will choose socks over food. I mean Mummy would turn in her jeweled casket if she thought that I wasn’t wearing socks.
Of course, there is a marketing opportunity here. Paper socks. Make your own socks, after all newspapers should be good for something – they’re certainly not very good at getting their facts right. For example The Times or Telegraph for formal attire – Dinner Jacket, tails, business suit. The Guardian if you’re in the police or work in security, The Sun for holiday wear, The FT for financial services, The Mirror for people in show biz. The opportunities are endless.
Although quite who would find the Mosquito News appropriate is hard to see.