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MOB rants

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 16:37

I have a feeling it was the Maypole Grocery not the Metropole, the thing that fascinated me in the Co-op was the counter assistant putting your money in a box then into a tube and pulling a handle, it shot away to the office and your change came back very quickly, no calculators then.
G/G it may well have been  a privilege being brought up as we were in a village although at the time that was normality to us, of course we saw kids with no shoes or boots, broken sand shoes in all weather and yes they wore rags were dirty most likely hungry but we all skinny dipped together down the Old Mill beck and played our games on the Green. My Mother would give me a parcel and say slip that behind Mrs H's front door her husband was in jail, do not let her see you, to some charity was an aberration if seen to be given, all doors were open so I always managed. Nothing would ever be said, we all played together the H boy and Girl, sometimes I would recognise an old jumper or trousers but knew to keep my mouth shut. People helped each other but did not crow about it, if the Vicar was collecting for the poor his bag would fill even though the givers did not have that much themselves, a different world, not one I hanker after sitting here with my central heating power shower  "oh" and Panackelty cooking in the oven, I found a packet of sandwich corn beef near the sell by date so that settled the tea.
Remember the past but I always say never go back.


MOB rants

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 10:55

Lyn, in those days a village was a village, ours had the pond and the green, the Blacksmiths, three Church's and local shops including five Butchers who slaughtered their own meat. We had a small holding so also killed our own the garden fed us for the year we also had a car few and far between so travelled. The village was a safe place because everyone knew each other kids could play out around the fields and woods with no fear.
Now our village Norton, quite largely unchanged is joined to Stockton in one long gaggle of housing and roads. I do local history with the Town Library often putting right incorrect information entered by people who have some knowledge then guess the rest. History to me is what you lived at the time and not guess work if I cannot give a complete answer I leave it alone.
My Daughters have had me writing it all down since around 2000 so I have reams of files which come in handy for the local Remember When papers who ask for information, it all keeps me active and on the move.
History is OK in its place although I watch the Grandchildren move ahead with new technology, different aspirations,  and envy them the challenges ahead at the same time feeling sorry at what we had and they have missed, it is progress Lyn.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 10:14

Stockton, dull and dour, very cold.
Thinking of building a house on the garden, may as well make some use of it.


MOB rants

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 10:07

Lyn, yes I remember Home and Colonial, Metropole and many other stores that crowded the High Streets, we had a self owned shop in our village that had Paraffin at one end of the counter and hard cheese on the counter at the other end, The butter was cut from a churn and patted up with two paddles, the bacon was on a large bacon slicer, "thick or thin" they would ask. Broken biscuits help yourself, how many hands went in that box I wonder. Tea came in packets and coffee was for toffs, I still only have around one cup of coffee a fortnight although I drink tea all day.
The Co-op was the best shop in the village and town with the paraffin out back everything scrubbed down and real clean sawdust on the floor, "do not forget our number" 14958 Mother would say as she sent me off for something.
Shopping then was an adventure, today it is a chore, people would stop and talk now they swear and belt you with a trolley as they rush around without a spare second in their diaries.
When we are all forced to shop on line because of closures will all those extra vans flying around be the end of the world I ask?


MOB rants

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 00:42

Due to my policy of not advertising for the Supermarkets or anything else actually I have my own names for them. Tospots, S&M, More reasons Saint berry, Cohops, Waiters arose (throw off your ties to the skimpy meals in artisticly small piles on large blocks of wood) "oops" got carried away then.
I was castigated once for using Tospots although it was a friend who had worked there for years told me the staff called it that at times.
I do a history board locally and the cries for bringing back the shops of what was once a fine old market town are long and pleading. The same people shop out of town as parking is free they can park in front of where they need to shop and our local Tospots is a super one packed daily as it is all in one shop, the town is empty, nowhere near the shops to park and they charge.
Now many people shop on line, my daughters included but moan about the town going down the river, well yes, town centres unused will become redundant and I for one will miss them and yet "a big yet" shopping at the supermarket at my age is a boon, plus the local village butcher and the farm shop all within a very short distance, so I am also guilty.
Well that turned into a good old rant did it not.
There is your answer Lyn we probably shop at the same places, where else is there and you got me ranting, not good for the blood pressure.


MOB rants

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 17:52

Got a call out to Daughters just after posting the morning rant, could I baby sit the house as a parcel was expected, Got home at quarter to four and still no parcel.
Rant 2, in this day and age of all things computerised surely the parcels firms could give a time to say within two hours, the spy in the cab tells the office exactly where the truck is so could advise whether they would be on time or not.
When my oven was delivered before Christmas I was phoned the night before and given a rough time, next day the driver phoned and said half an hour OK and they were spot on, why some and not others I ask.
Derek at 56 you are still a youngster and should not have time to rant, your life should be full of climbing mountains, swimming lakes then cycling twenty miles, bird watching and I do not mean the flying kind, now I am old enough to be grumpy.


MOB rants

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 10:32

If you have it you pay tax on it end of story, think about it when you next vote.

Rant:- Self service check outs, what do I think of them? @#=#+'/\@@## to put it very mildly. Tospots were the first to remove the lovely friendly staff and put them in, I dodged them like the plague until one day with a full trolley one of the girls said come on I will put them through for you and there by hangs a tale!! of unmitigated disaster.
It was not reading some of the bar codes and the dam things talk to you all the time, it turned out she could not read the small bar-code so I read them (two very good eye's) and she put them in although there seems to be a time limit so I would read them again. We ended up with another helper, me still reading bar codes and a small pile of goods that would not go through, meanwhile the long queue I would have been in had vanished. Three weary people finally got some of the goods into my bags, worn out nerves shredded and me swearing first and last time, she wanted to drop the discarded goods into my bag and I pointed out there were camera's watching our every move so not a good idea. Then you have the checkout police who jump on the self checkers turn it all out and put it through again how would that make you feel, it would be my last time in that shop.
NOW M&S have put them in, Thursday the queues at the fewer checkouts were down the aisles and two people in the self service bit, I give up, how can that system be better than a freindly person a smile and a bit of chat whilst rapidly packing it all away. At one time I did time and motion study, nothing in that training tells me this is a better system.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 10:15

Stockton on Tees is dull dowdy and dismal to put it mildly, I could describe it in more rounded and colourful terms although it may shock the Moderator (I doubt that).
The one joy is seeing my primroses sitting well above a pond I did not have yesterday smiling at me, a long lasting colour fest I love them.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 00:14

Tis reet Bunny Lassy, oopt t'north be a luckin orrible, better gannin yam and gittin me ganzi then.
Country file was on the South coast tonight, that brought back memories of Wyke Regis and boat testing on the mere behind Chessil bank. Dancing in Weymouth full of holiday makers, a lovely time was had by all.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 23:18

Did the day go well he asked, indeed right up to two the afternoon then it all went base over apex.
Dark cloud rain snow sleet and as I closed the blinds the sleet was heavy and laying, tonight and part of next week snow Easterly winds well below freezing.
Am I glad I left the compost in its bags the seeds in the packets and the pots dry in the garage, this is no time to be putting seed down.


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