I have just spent 4 hours shopping in Canterbury. I saw no one standing in the street selling poppies and only four people wearing them despite the centre being full of people on a nice sunny day. First I visited an outdoor clothing sale at a large city centre hotel which had poppies on sale at the main reception desk but with no hotel staff wearing them as far as I could see. I asked the receptionist if she intended to wear one but just got a shrug of the shoulders. Even the older generation were not wearing them. Is support waining for the poppy appeal? Does the design need to be changed in order to make it easier to wear with modern clothing. On this latter point I would have lost mine if a young lad hadn't spotted it falling off my fleece in M&S. Are people buying them but not wearing them? It would have been nice to have seen a profusion of poppies but there seems less this year than on previous years. Will the buying of poppies build up next week? Any thoughts on these points.