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Demise of the city centre

There is a glaring hole in this 'investigation'. We get to hear the story entirely from one side. Even the BBC shows more balance.

Nigel, little tip. Get all the facts then do the demolition job.
Anyone would think he's trying to find another bandwagon for his cult to jump on.
 

giatttt

Old-Salt
Perhaps there’s a cultural issue here too; the French and the Italian (and most of Europe) cook fresh meals every day and seek quality fresh produce. Family meals are still the norm.

In a country where it takes two full time jobs to afford housing, there’s not so much disposable income to spend on food. Not much time to prepare either and lots of families not eating together.

As a result, the demand is for cheap convenience food. Small independents cannot compete with supermarket supply chains to deliver the range of choice, price and quality in ready meals.

A vicious circle.
Family mealtime seems to be an anchronism for many families, the mass housebuilders have already dispensed with dining rooms and apparently kitchens are set to be dropped from the plans as well.

 
Have to say our local Tesco staff are a real cut above as well. Always smile, always ask after SWMBO if she is not there and the other way around. Always up for a giggle. Mind you, we've known them all for 9 years since opening.
All in the face of some members of Joe Public who often times treat them like utter shit...somehow they keep smiling.
I’ve known our local checkout operator for 7 years; she’s not very talkative. I think the modern term is non-verbal; she communicates by a screen.

Mostly “Unexpected item in the bagging area”
 
It is legally binding in Scotland, even Fa'kirk, to wear face coverings in shops. As you say, there is a list of exemptions.

Mandatory face coverings

You must by law wear a face covering in certain indoor places:
  • any premises which open to members of the public and are used for the retail sale or hire of goods or services, such as shops, takeaway restaurants, pharmacies, estate agents, beauty parlours and shopping malls.
Appreciate the clarification.
SWMBO & I have applied more of a Level 4 approach since summer here anyhow, and as such never concentrated on the legal obligations. We do venture out to empty parks, go for short local runs with packed food etc, and check where the bogs are! Level 3 ain't so bad when you modify your lifestyle, just restrictive and pretty annoying but we are where we are.
From our FK post code we cannot access the likes of Beescraigs Country Park as it takes us out of the Falkirk Council Level 3 allowance or even Stirling 12 miles away on Level 4. Still got around a 10 miles radius to play with though with terrific parks & The Wheel canal walks etc so we are "lucky".
Roll on 2021 to some form of "normality"...whichever form that takes.
 
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Teeblerone

War Hero
Can't exactly put a finger on it, but I don't use a local ( huge) Asda.
No easy or polite way to put it, but it always seemed full of underclass smelly fat mongs and their squint eyed fruits-of-loins..and I think a lot of staff simply match their demographic customer base with a certain attitude.
The amount of security staff at the doors provides part of an answer....
Indeed. I can't work out if the lighting, signage, shelving is higher?
 

Cold_Collation

LE
Book Reviewer
There is a glaring hole in this 'investigation'. We get to hear the story entirely from one side. Even the BBC shows more balance.

Nigel, little tip. Get all the facts then do the demolition job.
It doesn't. We've seen plenty of stories in recent months, especially where supposed racism is concerned, where there has been no opportunity to give a reply to an asserted version of events.
 
….I buy Classic and Vintage Commercials costs about a fiver
On the Back of that they do a Vintage Commercial Magazine that focus on specialist areas of haulage such as Drays or Tippers through the years.
Again in W.H. Smith about a Fiver
Buy them both in Tesco wrapped together for £6.50....

I noticed that the other day in ASDA - didn't realise it was a regular thing. Good for us, maybe not so good for the magazine business in the longer term.
 
Can't exactly put a finger on it, but I don't use a local ( huge) Asda.
No easy or polite way to put it, but it always seemed full of underclass smelly fat mongs and their squint eyed fruits-of-loins..and I think a lot of staff simply match their demographic customer base with a certain attitude.
The amount of security staff at the doors provides part of an answer....

Now you mention it, I'm not smelly or fat myself, but that does fit in with my experience.

I always thought Wilko staff were more pleasant than most. I put that down to a different "culture" running through a family-owned company.
 
Now that Walmart has divested itself of Asda, I wonder if the social demographic of the customer base is likely to change. I hope not, really. It's probably better to keep all the mongs together in one place.
 
Have to say our local Tesco staff are a real cut above as well. Always smile, always ask after SWMBO if she is not there and the other way around. Always up for a giggle. Mind you, we've known them all for 9 years since opening.
All in the face of some members of Joe Public who often times treat them like utter shit...somehow they keep smiling.

Different country, different supermarket chains, but much the same here. We lived in a suburb of Atlanta for 10 years, and always shopped in the same supermarket. We knew all the people in there, and they knew us. The kiddos knew they could get a free cookie from the bakery, and more or less trained themselves to go and line up at the bakery counter when we went in there. They’re (nearly) 18, 22 and 24 now.

One guy in particular, Bob, seemed like he was born to be a grocer. He was always cheery, did the cooking demos with a smile, would tell you if something was on special, made sure you got coupons that you might not have, that kind of thing. Running the checkout wasn’t his thing, but if it was busy and there was a closed checkout, he’d open it up and run it himself.

We moved away 3 or 4 years ago, and we have a similar relationship with the folks in our new supermarket, but nothing like Bob. There’s an English guy on the local radio station, and they keep asking me if it’s me. “No, but I know who you mean”. The pharmacist has become a personal friend, and professionally looks out for our family.

Now just recently, through social media, we became aware that Bob passed away. He’s the same age as me. It so happened that the same week, the same chain Bob was with (Publix) opened a new store in our town. Beautiful new store, just an updated version of our old store, but very familiar. We went in on opening day, and both of were just sad, and came out saying “all it needs is Bob”.

RIP Bob Cordrey, 1968-2020.
 
Different country, different supermarket chains, but much the same here. We lived in a suburb of Atlanta for 10 years, and always shopped in the same supermarket. We knew all the people in there, and they knew us. The kiddos knew they could get a free cookie from the bakery, and more or less trained themselves to go and line up at the bakery counter when we went in there. They’re (nearly) 18, 22 and 24 now.
Smallish world.
Many a long Equifax Conference call between my office in Scotland was suffered.
People were fantastic folk to communicate with.
I expect you would know the building in Peachtree Road/Ave?
 
Smallish world.
Many a long Equifax Conference call between my office in Scotland was suffered.
People were fantastic folk to communicate with.
I expect you would know the building in Peachtree Road/Ave?

Indeed, and they are a customer of my company, though I’m not personally involved with the account.
 

goodoldboy

MIA
Book Reviewer
Not sure. A lot of the bus lanes in Edinburgh are open to cars outside of the morning and evening rush hours, but cars don't use them anyway. Apparently Edinburgh motorists can't read signs.
Is Edinburgh the city where trams are mixed in with road traffic?
 
Is Edinburgh the city where trams are mixed in with road traffic?
Yes.
And cars, cyclists, and thick mongs.
Tram drivers on Bonus to Cull the Cnuts DNA pool.
Allegedly.
Latest weekly graph shows 5 ARRSERS so far.;)
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Yes.
And cars, cyclists, and thick mongs.
Tram drivers on Bonus to Cull the Cnuts DNA pool.
Allegedly.
Latest weekly graph shows 5 ARRSERS so far.;)
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That headline is clickbait. Very carefully worded to illicit a response, when the story has a different slant on it.
 
That headline is clickbait. Very carefully worded to illicit a response, when the story has a different slant on it.
Every city I’ve ever visited or lived in that has trams, mixes them with normal road traffic. Zurich, Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Nantes to name a small number. I wonder what the problem is with folk in the UK who can’t cope with the idea.
 

Daz

LE
Every city I’ve ever visited or lived in that has trams, mixes them with normal road traffic. Zurich, Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Nantes to name a small number. I wonder what the problem is with folk in the UK who can’t cope with the idea.
Morons, complete and utter morons
 

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